Why do you think there aren't as many female political bloggers?In order to put forth information I couldn't contain in the longer piece, I linked to a really long list of women bloggers.
For my part, as indicated by the title of my article, I wasn't trying to talk sheer numbers or prominence on the Internet (though, notably, Technorati rankings of the top political bloggers are 90%+ men, but, you know, whatever), but overall prominence. For instance, can anyone really argue that the other bloggers at Kos are nearly as prominent as Kos?
Apparently Markos Moulitsas can, and did and continues to do so via his own blog and his own bloggers. One of the reasons I didn't include his quote in the piece is that I thought, coupled with, I dunno, 6 other people saying the exact opposite of him, it made him look like he thinks that the universe really is a meritocracy, there's no difference between how seriously women get taken and I didn't want to make him look badly. I thought that would have been, frankly, unfair and that Glam generally tries to be a little more friendly. I appreciated his perspective and, while I disagreed, I would've included it and discussed including it with my editors but thought it better to just thank him for his time rather than start a fight. Apparently, all it takes to start a fight with Markos is to ask him for a quote, thank him and not use is if the 1,500 word post by "Miss Laura" is any indication.
In our intial interaction Markos said in response to my question:
I disagree with that notion. The Daily Kos executive editor, a blogger, of course, is female. Digby is female. Jane Hamsher is female. There are other prominent women (including seven on Daily Kos) writing in group blogs.I mean, that's fair, but is it insightful? Jane Hamsher is certainly a woman, but the fact that an anonymous person (who many people assume is a man) is a woman and there are a bunch of women on group blogs, including his own, many of whom are anonymous, doesn't exactly prove what he said. I mean, the only quote I could have generated out of that response is:
Markos Moulitsas of the DailyKos disagrees that the men of the political blogosphere are more prominent than the women, citing a number of bloggers on his site, the anonymous Digby and Jane Hamsher.Looks great, right? That's why I didn't say it. When I emailed him to thank him, let him know the post was up and tell him that my editors axed certain things, he responded thusly:
I still don't understand how you can ignore Digby, Jane Hamsher, and the female bloggers at Daily Kos, all of whom get more traffic than Red State, Ezra Klein, and Matthew Yglesias.Well, for one, I don't think it's a particularly fair criticism that I didn't mention every single female blogger -- I didn't mention all the men, either. There are plenty of other things to criticize about my piece, but the number of women who blog for him (or his traffic numbers) isn't the best argument. I also think it's not particularly well-done of him to release our email traffic to one of his bloggers in order to attack me, but, hey, it did release me, I think, from keeping my thoughts about his emails to myself.
And the women bloggers at Daily Kos get more readers than any of those other blogs combined.
Also, apparently, some in the right-wing blogosphere is all up in arms about it, too, but only one of them actually bothers to spell my name correctly (and since she did so, I'll bother linking to her). Her criticism is that I ignore a bunch of right-wing female bloggers. To point out, one of them is a colleague of mine at Glam and, thus, posted next to my column, another one, Em Zanotti, was briefly part of Wonkette and rather roundly criticized but has always been sweet to me and, prior to the ascendency of Layne, we talked about replacing my "Ask a Lobbyist" column with an "Ask a Conservative" one that I think would've been hilarious, but, though I like her, I wouldn't say she's of the same prominence as Kos. When she leads off with Malkin, I have trouble buying her argument that I missed prominent, respected, thoughtful women bloggers. Also, when she says she want to hit me, calls me a victim, refers to me as "honey," calls me thin-skinned and "insecure and idiotic," well, I think she loses me and the argument. She almost had a point, but attacking me was apparently more important than making a thoughtful argument about my thesis. Her colleagues-in-ideological-arms, though, by constantly misspelling my name while calling me stupid, well, that's not even worth linking to because it either proves that they are actually really stupid or just immature. On the other hand, I guess I should thank her for the link. My bosses appreciated the traffic.
Anyway, I'm going to go write some more stuff to piss people off now because my bosses are all excited about the traffic this post generated this month. Any suggestions on how to piss this many people off again?