March 19, 2010

Is the blogosphere a man's world?

There is an interesting -- and by interesting, I mean stupid and uninformed -- column in Thursday's Globe and Mail newspaper.

In "Why are bloggers male?" columnist Margaret Wente says she doesn't blog for the same reason she doesn't do extreme sports, because "It's more of a guy thing." She says guys have an urge to blog because we have a need to verbally joust as we compete to go faster and bigger than all the other dudes. Guys want to out-argue. Guys want to win.

Really? Women aren't competitive and opinionated? Has she been online?

I actually like opinionated and competitive, from men or women, as long as is smart and funny. And veers towards the left. And hates Glenn Beck.

And yes, I have an urge to blog because I sense the world wants and needs more of my rambling unfiltered opinions. Am I the only one?

Sure, I am a guy and I write a blog, and yet I have no overwhelming urge to jump out of an airplane of bungee jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. And lots of women blog, lots of 'em, and many of my favourite blogs are written by women. The Huffington Post was started by a woman, mommy blogs and sex blogs are everywhere, Pajamas and Coffee is one of my favourite blogs, and so on...

So this journalist is wrong. And taking her own wacky views to a sweeping over-generalization on the world of men and women. And is she an example that women can be sexist too?

She is wrong, I am right, this jousting match of opinions is over and I win. But that is just my opinion...

16 comments:

Tawnya said...

Does this woman even know how to get on the Internet?!? When I started blogging ( it has been a while ago, like as in years) there were so many woman bloggers out there! There still are, but back then at least for me, it was rare to find a man blogger. Now there are so many blogs written by men that I read ( this one), Michael Rivers for another, and Out Numbered ( which I found through @MaryMac)all wonderful in their own unique ways. Maybe it is a good thing that this chick ( I use chick because I think that she would HATE that word) is not a blogger because she would get ripped to shreds on a daily basis. At least by me anyway.

ajm said...

I have read an overwhelming number of female blogs, and I think it's more difficult to find the male bloggers out there. Maybe I need to start perusing bungee jumping sites to find 'em. ;)

TICKLEBEAR said...

i never realised i was blogging to compete...
compete with whom???
i write because i like to share.
period.
as for women in the blogoshpere, i find there is no lack of them, be it personal blogs, technical, social and political or lifestyle blogs. they run the whole gamut. so, i don't know where that woman hangs out, but she's definitely not looking in the right places...

i would have rather focused on geography instead of gender. either my blogs have no appeal for people of various regions, but there are parts of this planet that remain a big blank.
if you consider the demographics and that certain parts have little population, that aside, one might wonder if they have access to the internet; if it is in their habits to blog [at all], or if there is censorship blocking their efforts. and where do they blog? there are many venues to do this.

in the meantime, i'll just keep doing my thing...
:)~
HUGZ

Kelly said...

Oh yes. I am a woman who blogs and I agree with you. You are right and I am right and she is wrong. In fact, at least half the blogs I read are written by women. So... yeah, I don't know where on the Internet that journalist has been hanging out, but it's in all the wrong places.

marymac said...

Um, first of all, I just had like a little bloggasm because you mentioned me in the same sentence with the HuffPost AND spelled 'favourite' with the u, which is hot,
Ok, I'm back.
Now then.
Who the eff is this douchemunch, anyway? Need link to her blog. Oh, right, she doesn't have one because women don't blog. I forgot. Well, let's let her keep right on thinking that so she doesn't START one and put out more vile, moronic crap than the internets already have.
You, on the other hand?
Make dude blogging look good, so please keep right on at it.
Cheers!!!
p.s. i totally want that graphic. LOVE. IT!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yeah, I read that article too and my first thought (as it often is when I read her column) was "Jeez, Margaret Wente really has her head right up her ass!" She really does live in some little la-la bubble world of her own imagination.

Frau said...

You are right winner it is!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Oh and P.S. -- love the illustration! I'm stealing it for use on my own blog sometime!

inannasstar said...

Ok, I just re-checked my panties and yes I have a vagina and a blog. She's a dumbass, I hate when people make sweeping generalizations as well.

Brahm said...

I havent read this columnist before, at least not that I remember, am curious now to see what other brilliant things she has to say. She does seem to have her head up her ass. According the the Globe and Mail website this morning she is doing some on line coversation about her piece today as other people think she is pretty much a douchebag.

And is her writing a newspaper column with her ideas or rambling opinions really that different from having a blog? Especially when is published online? Except of course she is making moolah for her asinine ramblings, while my asinine ramblings are more of a hobby...

theworldaccordingtojennifer said...

You are indeed correct. About all of it. Especially the part about Glenn Beck.

Jonathan Brock's Editorials said...

Hi,
I just stopped by to read. Some what interesting.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

I find that the mix is more women than men. I think that makes for a more friendly environment, deeper and richer, then if it was only men.

Mrsblogalot said...

Yes, you win hands down. Unbelievable!

Will Burke said...

That was tragicly misinformed (her G&M article), and since when is stating an opinion for an audience a pissing match? We're too mutually-supportive to be duelling & dick-measuring.

Rusty Hoe said...

Okay I like wearing mens pjs and own a pair of Blundstone, manly man, boots, but last time I looked I was a woman (okay just checked again and yep still no dangly bits hanging down there), and shock horror I blog! How bizarre, this woman is obviously hiding up her own arse making up more insightful generalisations. Not only are there pretty much as many male and female blogs, but the tone/theme is also not gender specific.

PS I have no idea who Glenn Beck is but I bow to your knowledge and agree, he's a complete tosser :)

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