Is ‘blogger’ male or female?

This poser should interest/provoke Raji, Kalyani, Indrani, and a host of my other blogger friends. If words have a gender, what would blogger be, male or female? Brenda who blogs in verses might compose one on blogging’s glass ceiling. The consensus at the San Francisco BlogHer conference was that women bloggers are not taken seriously. BlogHer, founded by a former journalist Lisa Stone, and a couple of other women professionals, runs a website to publicize women’s blogs.

Many speakers at the conference said their male colleagues and major media groups tended to ignore women; their political blogs were linked less often by their male counterparts. “Women get dismissed in ways that men don’t,” according to Megan McArdle of The Atlantic Monthly, who blogs on economic issues. Of the top 100 web celebrities listed by a technology website there were only 11 women. The Forbes.com list last year named just three women on its list of 25 bloggers.

This is the kind of stuff that provokes blog posts. I read someone making a point that those raising this gender bogey should count themselves lucky that NYT covered their conference at all. That the newspaper did it in its Style & Fashion section was not lost on many others.

Making a song and dance of this man versus woman blogger thing may get us nowhere.  But it’s fun reading about it; and I wouldn’t skip it, even if it appears in S & F section of NYT. As for blog posts the NYT article triggered, my pick is cranky who writes, ‘I’m kinda glad I missed out on the BlogHer conference, if only after reading this NYT article’. She goes on to say she reads Lynne, Vallette and Hetta not because they’re women, but because they write stuff she wants to read.

Period.

Cross-posted in SiliconIndia

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6 Responses

  1. I think blogger is genderless, it can mean either and I enjoy reading your blogs. However I don’t see any lady’s blog featured in your blog roll. 😉

    BTW what does one make of anonymous blogs or bloggers having names which does not indicate the gender? Do we give importance to the matter written or the gender of the blogger?? I think only the matter should matter. 🙂

  2. Very perceptive of you to point out the absence of any lady’s blog in my blogroll. What can say, other than saying the omission wasn’t intentional. Would you believe, if i were to tell you that the thought of a blogher or blog-his didn’t even cross my mind till I read the NYT article.
    A point about my blogroll. It hasn’t been updated in a long while. And the criterion for inclusion of a given blog was reciprocal.

  3. Thank you Sir!
    Looks nice when I am linked to this esteemed blog. 🙂

    Warm Regards.

  4. Recently read about ‘Ippadikku Rose’ http://www.thehindu.com/mag/2008/07/27/stories/2008072750070200.htm
    Time we spared a thought for people (including bloggers) like Rose, also?

  5. Some of my favorite bloggers are women. They tend to be more honest and sensitive. And their humor tends to be a little more subtle than guy humor.

  6. Seems like an exercise in fuitility – first we want gender specific, and then we opt for the masculine gender to cover the feminine as well, and imagine it is neutral. The word ‘actor’ is a good example – after years of using ‘actress’ ,media is now using actor for women artistes.

    Blogs should be read and judged for their worth, irrespective of blogger or bloggeress. “Only matter should matter” is a nice way of saying it, Indrani.

    And I am flattered that you have remembered me among your female blogger friends. Thanks.
    (Do you read my posts, though?)

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