Archive for January 29th, 2009

Peacock Feathers and Political Blogs

Cross-posted on Fem2.0

Quick: off the top of your head, name the most prominent voices in the progressive political blogosphere. Kos? A guy. Atrios? A guy. Josh Marshall? Glenn Greenwald? Jerome Armstrong? Ditto. The only top-level female bloggers in the general progressive political space who come to mind right away are Jane Hamsher and Digby — and apparently, when it was revealed that Digby is actually a woman, plenty of lefty blog readers and authors were startled. Of course, this obviously isn’t true for ALL segments of the progressive blogosphere (how many male “mommy bloggers” are there, for instance, and how many men contribute to feminist blogs [besides, apparently, me]), but when we’re talking about the general progressive political blogosphere — what most people think of when they talk about “the blogs” — the big names are predominantly male.

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