April 22, 2004

Tempest in a B-cup...

In looking at my vast and numerous referals today, courtesy of Sitemeter, I found quite an interesting one. So I followed it back and found a fascinating item on woman bloggers and some of the attitudes toward them.

Go, read it, follow the comment thread and then come back. I'll wait... Okay, you back? Continue on.

She's never written about her boobs. Others on the list above have.

Have I ever written about my mammalial protuberances? I honestly don't remember if I have, unless it was to illustrate a point in the drag queen story, or some such nonsense.

I appreciate inclusion on your list. Some awesome bloggers there and I'm flattered to be included. But honestly, I don't blog for recogintion. It's fun when it happens, and there's that thrilling little rush when I see a trackback on a post I've written. But that's not why I'm here.

I blog as a safety valve, a pressure release, an outlet for my creative side when no other outlet is available. I sometimes blog for clarification, and for affirmation that I'm on the right track. And, admittedly, sometimes it's for vanity. There, I said it. It's a prideful, egotistical, vain thing sometimes. And I daresay it's the same for the men.

But I'll be the first to admit, as a woman, that as a rule I very seldom frequent other female bloggers. Woman bloggers, yes. I enjoy a good woman blogger who's maturity and intellegence sets the tone of her posts, and who's sense of humor reaches to me. But female bloggers? Please. Spare me.

I've done that link-to-link thing before and ended up on some incredibly mindless, extremely frivolous, and sadly inane sites by proud females who couldn't piece together a cogent thought if given superglue. They ping-pong about in their posts, gush about fads, trends, silliness, and never say anything. A box of scrabble tiles tossed about on the floor would make as much sense. And hostile? To navigate about their posts and their comments is to fly on leather wings with the harpies.

Sadly, these are the vast majority of female bloggers, and they damage the perception that others have of all XX chromosomed bloggers. For every Connie du Toit there are a hundred common-sense impaired girls screaming for the attention of the blogosphere. For every Serenity, there are a hundred simpering slips of girls slathering their popularity-angst on their blogs in insipid posts.

One can hardly blame the poor, misguided, testosterone dependent among us for the way we are perceived. In Ilyka's list, she named 35 woman bloggers. How many others are out there that are nothing more than "pretty templates" covered with classroom gossip, mall gossip, radio gossip, and "what I wore today"?

I'm certainly not excusing bad behavior on the part of some of the male bloggers, but I'm not laying the entire problem in their laps, either. Unless they give me a dollar. $20 if they want more than a minute. I chose the song. No AC/DC.

Posted by Mamamontezz at April 22, 2004 11:04 PM

Hey, I used to blog from Journalspace, the poor man's LiveJournal. Talk about your "common-sense impaired girls screaming for attention." Boy howdy.

But the fun thing about doing that post was that I really did discover blogs I'd never found before. Partly from cruising the Blogs for Bush site; partly from links I'd previously ignored on other blogs. And it was very cheering to find out that, yes, Virginia, there are women with brains who don't just vote the straight Democratic ticket as a reflex.

I liked what you said here:

I don't blog for recogintion. It's fun when it happens, and there's that thrilling little rush when I see a trackback on a post I've written. But that's not why I'm here.

I think it was Rob of Crabapple Lane who said something similar in my comments one day: "If they come, they come. If not, the echo's cool too." And I think I said back to that, hell yeah. Sometimes the echo's the best thing about. Helps me clear my head and sort things out.

That's really the only reason to bother, in my opinion. Otherwise it's just the internet version of high school popularity contests. And who in her right mind wants to go back to high school?

I'll shut up now and go back to laughing about "mammalial protuberances." Nice turn of phrase.

Posted by: ilyka at April 23, 2004 12:19 AM

I wouldn't blame the XY's at all. Seems that the gals have it all under 'control.' To me, anyway.

Posted by: maura at April 23, 2004 02:35 PM

"Sadly, these are the vast majority of female bloggers . . ."

You're half right . . . The other half:

"Sadly, these are the vast majority of male bloggers . . . "

It's the old bell curve. In any grouping, most are mediocre, and a few are either really good or really bad.

Posted by: Sissy WIllis at April 24, 2004 02:04 PM

Saddly, you're right. Actually more than half, I'm afraid. Just a factor of sheer numbers.

The driving force at Wizbang does annual blogger awards for exceptional blogs/bloggers. I wonder if anyone does the reverse? I'd be interested to see if such a thing exists. Well, not too interested. I was probably a nominee.

Posted by: Mamamontezz at April 24, 2004 04:53 PM

I am loathe to try to participate in a labelling contest, but I think the blog world is big enough for everyone.

For those of us that post personal blogs-that'd be me, anyway-I post since it's basically a form of cheap therapy. And I have met a lot of nice people. And I just like writing, full stop. I don't think I have yet posted about mall fashions or the radio-nor do I feel the need to do so-however, there is one emerging theme to address: using sex for visitors.

I agree with what you, Ilyka, and Rob said-I'm not in this for the hits, I'm in this to get some things off my chest. I do write about sex, but not to turn people on, rather I do so since it is a part of life (and a good part, I might add).

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