Trish Wilson’s Blog: The “Invisible” Woman Blogger
When I first came to the blogosphere, I collided head-first with a “why aren’t there more women bloggers” discussion. Apparently it wasn’t the first time the issue came up for debate. That same debate came up recently – again. Although the latest incarnation is about liberal women bloggers, the debate was the same then as it is now – some men wonder where all the women are, and women sigh, repeating for the umpteenth time, “Take off your blinders, guys. We’ve been right in front of you all along.”
Kevin Hayden wrote about those mostly male bloggers who ask “where have all the women gone?,” sprinkling nearly every word of his post with a link to a woman blogger. His update of that post had more links, including one to my blog. I remember in May, 2003, not long after I had joined NZ Bear’s Blog Ecosystem, when Kevin had sought to make left-wing bloggers (in particular left-wing women bloggers) more prominent, and he had promptly been spanked by NZ Bear, NZ Bear’s commenters, and others to whom he had bcc’d his e-mail. Aside of the annoyance some felt over what they believed was spam from Kevin (I received the e-mail and did not take it that way), there was the usual (mostly from men) “women get mentioned” and (mostly from women) “women don’t get mentioned enough.”
The debate this time around hasn’t changed a bit since last spring.