Men bloggers are better? Ummm…
I love a good debate. It’s a chance to see where people stand on issues and enjoy conversation. Well, I opened up my e-mail at work and saw the headline, “Why are bloggers male?” It seemed innocent enough, so I clicked on the link which took me to Margaret Wente’s item in the The Globe and Mail out of Toronto, Ontario.
The title of her opinion piece “Why Are Bloggers Male?” seemed innocent enough, until I read this line:
It’s more of a guy thing. Guys seek thrills and speed. They go for the adrenaline rush… That’s why guys like blogging- instant opinions, and lots of them.
Ok, so as a male, I am a blogger because I (let me grunt like a caveman here) love lots of speed, want to get rush, or as Ms. Wente puts it, part of “Male Answer Syndrome” (MAS). According to Ms. Wente, I blog because it’s closely related to a sex-linked compulsion (yeah, explain that to my wife). Her opinion piece is, to put it mildly, a sexist rant on the male/female debate. Funny, I really thought that we were kind of past that whole thing.
I would like to offer Ms. Wente some examples of excellent FEMALE bloggers, ones who don’t, as she says in her piece, “lack the public confidence that comes so easily to many men.”
Mikinzie Stuart, Samantha Ogborn, Lauren Novo, and Rebecca Thorman are just four of many great examples of people who not only bring brilliance to the blogosphere, but don’t need to be qualified along gender lines. Click on their names to read their blogs.
I felt sad for Ms. Wente, who I am sure is nice person. However, her opinion piece falls incredibly flat and reeked of snark and a holier than thou attitude. She got me to read this and I guess that it was somewhat of a good thing. It got me to write a blog. But wait.. I’m a man, so I should be a pro at this blog thing, right?
Posted on March 18, 2010, in Hot Topic, Media, Public Relations, Uncategorized and tagged adrenaline, Bloggers, debate, female, Jason Mollica, Lauren Novo, male, Margaret Wente, Mikinzie Stuart, Ontario, Rebecca Thorman, Samantha Ogborn, The Globe and Mail, thrills, Toronto. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.