Let's take it out of the kitchen, girls


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Everything about the blogosph

Everything about the blogosphere is feminine to me. The non-linear nature of the net, the idea of it being a web of connections, and the interactive nature of it. It doesn't surprise me that women are catching on so quickly. Blogging is just an extension of the diaries most of us grew up with. Technology is largely being driven by a group of young Japanese girls that the tech industry studies.

Blogs are the one place where our appearance doesn't limit us. We are what we think, we say what we want with relative impunity, and we don't have to filter our experiences through a system of male approval.

Academia is a male institution, and the women within it are largely chosen for their willingness to conform to its value system. We have a long way to go in that spere.

I agree that there are some liberal men who are unaware of their biases. I've seen this all over the blogosphere. Every time women object to male bloggers using misogynist language, we see it come out. Instead of admitting that the language is offensive, they defend it. The threads go on forever with the guys trying to get us to understand that they're using language that would offend the people they are criticizing, and they never seem to catch on to the fact that it insults us more than the intended targets. The women rarely just say "Knock it off!" and frankly, that's all we should need to say.

Homophily is definitely a problem. It's dependent on how open we are to differing ideas. Feminist blogs avoid Feminist Pagans, some Pagans avoid Feminists, both of which affect me. Men tune out the minute a female blogger addresses anything other than straight politics. Let us stray from policy on to issues like abortion or equal pay, and suddenly we aren't "political" any more.

For my part, I'm beginning to think we need to reconsider what counts as a blog. I feel that when a person has a staff, they aren't blogging, they're publishing an online magazine. A group blog is a community discussion, not one person's opinion. All of these have their place and they can all be vital parts of a progressive movement, but we have to be careful of letting the media "bless" the same 20 bloggers as if they represent us all.

Morgaine-ism© #8

"A Woman's Sexual and Reproductive Autonomy is Sacred and Absolute."

Morgaine Swann's picture
Posted by Morgaine Swann on 17 January 2005 - 7:53pm
Watch out, cruel world

They don't like it when bloggers get too big. Looking at how the Zephyr nonsense has become fodder for corporate media, it makes me want to shout their question right back at them:

Who is getting paid what, really?

What was that?

I'm sorry, could you repeat that?

Oh dear, there must be some interference.

But-but-- Greta didn't say anything about that!

I didn't hear that on Rush's show!

Shut up!

You're a traitor!

Heh! Figures that you're gonna listen to that guy!

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Posted by media girl on 17 January 2005 - 10:52pm
We ARE the Free Press in American now.

The media have proven themselves to be completely unreliable again. There is only one source of news, and that is the internet. Bloggers may begin with a point of view, but we aren't being paid and we aren't using tax dollars to shill for government programs that hurt little kids.

Bloggers need to do everything we can to make sure that the 'net stays as free and open as possible. Corporations and gov't agencies will take it over if we let them.

I'm absolutely opposed to putting any kind of limits on ourselves. We need to be loud, we need to say what we think and we need to keep at it no matter how they try to shut us up.

Morgaine-ism© #8

"A Woman's Sexual and Reproductive Autonomy is Sacred and Absolute."

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Posted by Morgaine Swann on 18 January 2005 - 12:21am