12:27 [Comment From GuestGuest: ]
But it's a column, and the writer is entitled to her opinion. I don't think she needs to back everything up like people would expect out of a news piece.
12:27 [Comment From Fritz VFritz V: ]
Agreed, phdinparenting. Especially considering that the same newspaper has a pretty healthy roster of female bloggers on politics and current events: Jane Taber, Stephanie Nolen, Jessica Leeder ...
12:27 [Comment From TimTim: ]
"Blog mobs" pop up all the time and they're money in the bank. Gender has nothing to do with it.
12:27 phdinparenting: Margaret: Actually a number of firms do research that type of thing. There are plenty of stats.
12:27 [Comment From James FreyJames Frey: ]
Men (or women) don't blog just to pump out volume -- most do it to support their business. Its around giving your potential clients free stuff they can use, not necessarily an opinion.
12:27 MOMmagRocks: Well, Margaret, perhaps you should have been slightly clearer in your rant because your column was not focused on politics or current events
12:28 [Comment From zchamuzchamu: ]
Margaret - I do have to ask - were you aware of the nature of the Huffington Post and BlogHer before you wrote your article? Were you aware that BlogHer is the largest blogging conference out there?
12:28 [Comment From GuestGuest: ]
In addition to blogging, I also write for an online newspaper. Both men and women comment on my columns, but the men are usually the ones in "attack" mode.
12:28 MOMmagRocks: You're lumping female bloggers in the "mommy blog" group and that - once again - is a stereotype
12:28 [Comment From ChristiChristi: ]
Margaret - i think using words like "sensitive" about women bloggers isn't helpful. Once again perpetuating a stereotype of the hysterical woman. There is great diversity amongst women bloggers and some of us (not me) are building serious business empires. Look at Jen Lancaster, Pioneer Woman & Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist. My wee little blog is fun for me, I don't aspire to that. Your column, in my opinion, wasn't well thought out, if you didn't think to include Huffington Post.
12:28 phdinparenting: Margaret: Is it possible you are not only reading current events, but also primarily reading conservative leaning current events? That could be why it is male dominated. In my experience, women who use their voices are not usually right-wing. Although there are exceptions there too.
12:29 MOMmagRocks: Like I said, women don't JUST blog about poopy diapers and little Johnny's next milestone
12:30 Margaret Wente: I go to HuffPost all the time, and I also like Megan McArdle (an economist) and a bunch of other female bloggers. I admit you guys are expanding my horizons.
12:31 MOMmagRocks: We actually have opinions based on current events: I have been following and being a champion for Tim's Law - Tim McLean was the kid on the greyhound bus who was brutally murdered, cannibalized and beheaded in 2007
12:31 phdinparenting: I would highly recommend the News and Politics channel on BlogHer. Lots of diverse voices: http://www.blogher.com/blogher-topics/politics-news
12:31 MOMmagRocks: So don't tell me that women don't blog about "important issues"
12:31 The Globe and Mail: PhDinParenting: You're a BlogHer blogger - what do you see as the benefits of being part of that big network?
12:32 [Comment From plastikgyrlplastikgyrl: ]
Most of the women bloggers I read post about "news and current events." Many of them are prolific. I think though, that their/our voices are discounted in large part because of how we choose to contextualize the news and current events. That's not to say that male bloggers aren't also using their lived experience in their analysis of the big picture - indeed, that number seems to be picking up as more men write from the domestic sphere. And maybe that's where the disconnect lies: matters of the home and family are still predominantly seen as women's work, and any analysis that comes from that social location can't possibly have the same authority or validity as the cold hard "facts" that are blogged elsewhere.
12:32 [Comment From francis ffrancis f: ]
with the scope and size of subjects and interests and people that you can connect with on the internet (sports, fashion, music, parenting, news, travel, etc. etc.), even attempting to generalize the 'blogosphere' is futile and pointless. if you're going to comment on the 'man-ness' of current affairs blogging, then we're just talking about the usual suspects that rile everyone up on fox and cnn on a daily basis, and here we are debating absolutely nothing new.