Where The Girls Are
June 7, 2005 - 11:25am ET
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In helping the Campaign for America's Future organize a "Bloggers Boulevard" at its Take Back America conference last week, I discovered first-hand how hard it is to find female bloggers who write about progressive politics. And harder to find those who have the luxury of time and resources to attend a 3-day conference. I know fans of the blogosphere have discussed to death the lack of women bloggers. But here are some lessons learned.
Dig Deep. My daily media diet contains only a small serving of bloggers. And with all the media sources competing for my attention, laziness is definitely a factor in who I read. I read a couple of the big guys and known experts (think Juan Cole) and follow their links. But when you look past
<!--StartFragment --> Good posts from both Echidne and Athenae on the Campaign for America's Future blogging panel being asked the by-now-inevitable question of where all the women bloggers are (to which I now always answer, celebrated during Estrogen Month and on my sidebar and in two sections called "Where the Women Bloggers Are" here on my Bloglines subscriptions), and superlative response from Heidi MacDonald to a recent Times of London article about Sin City that basically observed that many comic book readers and creators indulged in misogynist fantasies. I continue to believe that visibility of women in supposedly male-dominated venues often comes down to our comfort level with how much the people at the upper echelons of those venues willingly choose to ignore us in the day-to-day, only trotting us out as tokens to refute outsiders' beliefs that these venues are indeed practicing institutionalized sexism.
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