That, I'm told, in an email from Jessica forwarded to me by Amanda, is the gist of comments on Salon's new Broadsheet.
It all seems a bit silly to me, the accusation that this new blog ghettoizes women's issues. Launch a blog where women speak: bad for women? The converse is to shut down women's blogs in order to stop ghettoizing women's issues. Yeah. That makes sense. (Is that why the Democrats don't speak about progressive values? They don't want to ghettoize them?)
Some of the comments (watch a commercial for free day pass) are priceless:
Tony Apsusa: Salon of all places should have more sense than to divide items along some outdated gender-lines. You have been the example I have pointed people to to show them that all of the US isn't sliding into some kind of mid-19th century paranoia.
If you had only called it "The fluff room" or "Editors waste time too" I could have been able to still cling to that hope.
Talk about outdated gender lines! Why would a women's blog be better called "the fluff room"?
Mary Kathryn: This thing is really horrid, random, arbitrary, and uninteresting, as well as unnecessary. Also not at all funny.
md: This is ridiculously insulting and wrong, and Salon should be ashamed to have ever thought it was a good idea.
I find the very idea that there needs to be a separate space for this sort of thing infuriating. Think the news needs more of a feminist perspective? Great--put it into the articles on the existing Salon pages. Then let those articles sink or swim on their merits, without the cutesy-poo ghettoization.
Douglas Moran: I will only note that I find it particularly ironic that you introduced this as a "need" in the middle of nearly a month's-worth of news that focused almost exclusively on two women (Harriet Miers, of course, and Judy Miller). Whether Broadsheet is a good or bad thing (I think it's not a very good idea; why do you want to ghettoize yourselves?), your timing is absolutely atrocious.
There are plenty of comments about the editorial choices regarding content and design, and that's fair. The site at a glance seems to be on the fluffy side.
But with so many people attacking the idea of a women's blog, often in the name of ghettoization, I suppose we should just shut down here, as should Our Word and feministing -- and Ms. Musings for that matter -- and empower ourselves by silencing ourselves.