Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Lady Bloggers Today - Where Are They Now?

Over at Broadsheet, Rebecca Traister has a thought-provoking article looking at the recent NYTimes coverage of the recent BlogHer and Netroots conference and critiques that BlogHer was represented as a feminized, girly gathering whereas Netroots was presented as a serious, powerful political summit. Broadly considering the position of female bloggers in today's blogosphere, Traister wonders if women bloggers are creating a "blogosphere of their own" in response to how the wild west/old boy's club style interwebs have treated them to date. She writers,
It's interesting that one of [Feministe's] PhysioProf's chief complaints about Jesella's [NYTimes]story [about the BlogHer conference] concerns the shift in conversation away from how to survive the boys' world. If the key to success lies with BlogHer's closing speakers, dating blogger Stephanie Klein and mommy blogger Heather Armstrong, both of whom have become wealthy doing what they do, and if the terrifically screwed-up scheduling conflict between Netroots and BlogHer means anything, then perhaps it's that in some quarters of the Internet, women have decided that all the wheel spinning in a blogosphere unwilling to offer them traction is a waste of their time. Maybe they're ready to pack it in and head back to their own corner, to attend a conference, and create a blogosphere, of their own.

For me, Traister's article is a nice 1-year-later reminder of the work that I did in my M.A. thesis that catalogued how female bloggers fare in the male-dominated blogosphere as well as a good call to action to continue to be mindful of how women bloggers are navigating the blogosphere and how gender (as well as race, class, etc) constructs shape this digital space.

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