I woke up ready to do some serious blogging and story writing on my day off, but the Flu Fairy visited my house overnight. To make my day even worse, well-meaning, sincere, clueless Kevin drums up the question again: Why the dearth of female political bloggers in the Ecosystem Top 100?

  1. Why, Kevin, you say that like you care!
  2. “Female political bloggers” assumes that the default blogger, or the default politico, is male. If women are add-ons in your eyes, you probably don’t take us too seriously. No? Your blogroll tells me so.
  3. The Ecosystem is highly flawed and based on whether or not a blogger and her comrades can all agree to link to one another. If the sisters link to the brothers and the brothers don’t link to the sisters, what kind of family is Liberalism? A one-sided, dysfunctional family, the kind where Dad burps and farts on the couch and asks for another beer while Mom gets frenzied over the applique details on a Spongebob costume the night before Halloween.

    Judging from the frequency of conservative bloggers in the top 100, it appears that conservative bloggers have the “blogger family values” thing down pat.

The way Kevin repeatedly asks this question suggests distress over something or other, and I think the hint is in the question itself. He appears to be asking: Where are all the good female political bloggers (because I don’t see any)? Oh my, that is distressing.

In the meantime Kevin ponders the importance of political blogs, the answer to which lies directly in his navel right beyond the bellybutton lint.

Clancy, your work is cut out for you. Roxanne, Trish Wilson, Brutal Women, Flea, Echidne, and Avedon Carol take Kevin to task, while I retreat to the couch with a flask of NyQuil.

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25 comments for “WAATFPB?

  1. Josh
    February 21, 2005 at 3:09 pm

    Alright, that cracked me up.

  2. February 21, 2005 at 3:50 pm

    HHHmmmm let me try to figure this out.
    There are more males than females blogging. More males are conservative. Conservatives need to tell people how they should live. More conservatives are parts of church congregations so therefore feel the need to congregate. People who congregate need a support group because they cannot think as individuals because that would be sacrilegious to think for oneself. Ergo, conservatives bloggers, due to lack of self thought and free thought, feel the need to link to each other so that they can all speak with one voice. They will tell you that their voice is the voice of Gawd. You must obey them are you are anti-American and Conservatives have a secret desire to burn feminists at the stake, just like in medieval times, to root out all evil. That is why conservative bloggers are at the top of the ecosystems. This is weird when you think; conservatives do not give a damn about the ecosystem. I have just repeated a bunch of hasty generalizations. This was fun.

  3. February 21, 2005 at 4:21 pm

    Most bloggers are female – teenage girls have more blogs than any other demographic.

  4. February 21, 2005 at 5:10 pm

    Yes, Lauren you hit the nail on the head. What he’s really saying is that we’re not good enough. But, maybe the answer is that George Soros isn’t paying any of us to blog? Maybe we need to ask Soros to fund us. That way, we can quit our jobs and blog full-time as many libs in the top 100 do.

  5. February 21, 2005 at 5:53 pm

    Memo to Kevin, as stated by an ESPN sports-anchor:

    “Call that meme a cranky kid, because it’s tired and ready to be put to bed.”

  6. February 21, 2005 at 5:59 pm

    Lauren that is what I thought, but some stats, i need to find out where, show that 55% are male. “- Bloggers tend to be primarily male, young, broadband users, long-time internet users, relatively well-off financially and well educated.”
    This is one from maxblumberg.typepad.com This one shows more female bloggers /www.perseus.com/blogsurvey/ which is what I would believe. Anyway, I was trying to be funny.


  7. February 21, 2005 at 6:08 pm

    I don’t think it’s even that he doesn’t think we’re good enough – there are plenty of female bloggers he likes, plenty of blogs by women that he reads. It’s just that there’s this blind spot that prevents him from remembering it when it comes to the crunch. Kinda weird, really.

  8. February 21, 2005 at 7:29 pm

    Why, Kevin, you say that like you care!

    You may be under the weather, but it’s done nothing to dull your wit. This had me rolling.

    I’m noticing that every time this question gets asked, the (male) blogger asking it immediately proceeds to answer that question with flaky, unsupportable, and frankly self-serving theories, usually some variation on “women don’t have the temperament for this work.” I’m concluding that it’s because just throwing the question out there might yield responses that indicate the presence of an informal old-boys’ network, and heavens, we don’t dare acknowledge the possibility of that.

  9. February 21, 2005 at 9:18 pm

    Oh, come on. It’s simple: Girls are yucky. I happened to sneak into the He-Man Bloggers Women Hater’s Clubhouse and I heard them say it.

    Seriously? In a way, it’s more the techno class than gender. Men are very CREDENTIAL ORIENTED. They believe in logic and numbers as the only way to live the way old Irish ladies believe in the Virgin Mary. And if you don’t have an advanced degree in something they understand and approve (like economics or computer science), it must be worthless. No credential at all? You might as well be dead. You think Kevin ever linked to Jimmy Breslin? I doubt it. Too rough around the edges, too School of Hard Knocks. A political genius, but “not our kind.”

  10. February 21, 2005 at 9:27 pm

    I figured, Blue, but wanted to make sure. ;)

  11. February 21, 2005 at 11:01 pm

    Thanks for the link roundup, Lauren! Sigh…I do have my work cut out for me, she says as she thinks of her prospectus defense Wednesday afternoon.

  12. February 21, 2005 at 11:25 pm

    That’s it. My default on my blog for my PoliBloggers blog roll is now female bloggers, with a few token men and group blogs thrown in. I’ve added a new blogroll called Male Bloggers for the handful I read regularly.

  13. February 21, 2005 at 11:41 pm

    nice deconstruction. I never understood while so many hardcore conservative sites are listed so highly, but i totally agree with your analysis. they know how to circle the wagons.
    Your blog has been a great new find for me, keep it up, and thanks for your prior shout out.

  14. February 22, 2005 at 12:02 am

    I’m still trying to figure out where the bottom 100 women bloggers hang out. I come here to dance and all you smart women want to do is talk politics and hit on my wife.

    (Hey, who shrunk my penisphere?)

  15. February 22, 2005 at 1:27 am

    I like the family analogy, but to me it points out that conservative women are rewarded for playing the roles assigned to them. Conservative guys love hearing Michelle Malkin reinforce their prejudices.

    Liberal guysaren’t supposed to be prejudiced so they don’t want to deal with their own prejudices, and dealing with us requires them to do just that.

  16. tas
    February 22, 2005 at 1:33 am

    So now that Kevin has asked where all the female bloggers are, and all the female bloggers answer, will he link to any of them?

    I’d hold my breath, but I’m not up for suicide tonight…

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  18. February 22, 2005 at 2:52 pm

    Here’s a little comic relief to lighten the load:


  19. February 22, 2005 at 3:01 pm

    According to my spiritual leader – “women are the main element of life” – everything revolves around us but women on the spiritual path do not have to actually do anything – it’s their positive thoughts that move mountains. I hope you’ll come check out my new blog http://kabbalah4women.blogspot.com/

  20. February 22, 2005 at 5:36 pm

    My current working theory is that the “Where are the women bloggers” meme (yeah, I think it’s a meme now) is really an exercise in meta-trolling, designed to bring up the poster’s hit counts. Post it, and they will come!

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  22. February 22, 2005 at 6:20 pm

    Primarily I do not care for the author’s gender of any blog I read. The real crux why women may not be in thr TLBEcosystem is really rather simple. This style ecosystem favours a blog pyramid scheme, where the early bloggers picked up the most links – many of which are now from dead sites. Since men picked up the blogging bug before the girls, QED.
    Anyway I don’t see many good female political bloggers (general politics) but I don’t see any good male political bloggers either – a few of the best bloggers have a long history of working in economics or the media; maybe the best – though bias – is actually a woman (Melanie Philips).

    I would rather a blog had good quality content than be populist: populist is normally an appeal for the ignorant.

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