UPDATE: Welcome Washington Post readers. If you're particularly interested in the "Where are the Women" issue referenced by Howard Kurtz, my post on the topic is below. I further posted on the topic here and here. If you've got time, take a virtual stroll through the rest of my blog (categories that I cover are at the top of the
right left hand nav bar). Categories with the most content are Torture Inc., Social Security and Tax Reform, and Politics. At the very least, click through to a few other women who blog about politics. And if you're looking for great non-political writing by a woman, check out MomBrain - smart., witty writing. You can't ask for better.
The quarterly discussion on where all the female political bloggers are has started again, this time with a post on Kevin Drum's site. He makes the odd assumption that the representation of women in the top 100 blogs in the Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem is representative of the entire blogosphere. Stupid, I know.
I'm tired of this discussion. I'm tired of the comments that say women aren't as analytical, competitive, interested, bloviating, or motivated. I'm tired of reading about the boys network at the top, even though it does exist. So I'm doing my small part to build a women's network, while staying connected to the men.. You may notice that my blogroll has changed. On the left nav bar, I've always had a blogroll titled "Political". It's gone. Now I have "PoliBloggers". They're almost all authored by women, with the token male and group blogs that I really like included. Of the
28 33 blogs I link to in this category, three are authored by men, two are groups, one is a government info blog, and one is a blog 'zine (Blog Tower). Below the PoliBlogger blogroll, I've got a special "Male Bloggers" category with ten links. If men want to treat women with poliblogs like a separate species, I'll oblige and do the same.
If you know of stellar poliblogs by women, drop a note and I'll check them out in the hopes of adding them to my PoliBlog blogroll.
[Update: BlogTower is under reconstruction after a server crash.]
UPDATE II: Ilyka Damen has an interesting proposal for driving women's blogs up the ecosphere ranking. Plum Crazy has jumped aboard and it looks like Trish Wilson has too. I'll add others as they join up. For my involvement, I'll just point to my poliblog blogroll for this go round.
UPDATE III: For your reading pleasure, here are other women who have interesting posts on the endless wide-eyed wonder at the non-existent women who blog politics.
- Trish Wilson thinks the real issue is that the boys aren't getting enough ego food.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web is grateful for introduction to women who blog politics, compliments of the quarterly "where are the women" discussion.
- What She Said let's loose on the subject.
- Echidne of the Snakes does a great job parsing the irrationality of the "it's just not women's thing" arguments.