Women and Blogging: In Which I Listen

Well, it looks like the white males are finally going to shut up and listen to women bloggers talk about their own issues, rather than explaining it to them. They are shutting up any time now. Shutting up in 3, 2, 1… Okay, they are definitely going to shut up, but after they make one more very important point. And then just connect it back to their original point, and wrap it up with a funnel paragraph. And respond to this one semi-tangential objection. Shutting up now. Quiet! Not saying anything! Ok, well, let’s hear them out, then.

John Scalzi and Jim C. Hines have both been talking about harassment of women bloggers, inspired by food blogger Shawna James Ahern’s post about the hate mail she receives. John’s post, The Sort of Crap I Don’t Get, points out that as a moderately highly trafficked male blogger, he’s never had the kind of hateful comments that Shawna has. Jim speculates about how his career might have been different, and harder, if he were a woman in Jane C. Hines. John follows up with Shut Up and Listen in which he opines that men should do exactly that (and I couldn’t resist a bit of teasing, above).

As astute as those posts are, I couldn’t help noting the irony that, at least from my perspective, men seem to be leading the conversation. Those crafty devils! Do they distract us with cookies or what? At this point, I don’t have anything insightful to add to the discussion, but I thought I’d go into shut up and listen mode myself and offer some of the women I am listening to on this and related subjects right now.

Seanan McGuireBeing a Female in the Age of the Internet

This is a very thought-provoking post, much in the same vein as Ahern’s. I begin to wonder if that particular brand of vitriol has as much to do with society’s body image issues as it does with gender issues, since a lot of the abuse she describes is, again, weight related.

Nnedi OkoraforNnedi’s Definition of Feminism

In her blog post, Nnedi lays it out for you. What is a feminist? To her, feminism involves equality and partnership between the sexes. If you check out her Twitter feed, @Nnedi, you can find some quality righteous indignation as Nnedi deals with, dare I say, even crazier attacks than have been described heretofore among her Nigerian readership.

Nalo Hopkinson 

A writer and a blogger worth reading, in general. Nalo has an interest in food and feminism. If you watch her, she might have something interesting to say about hate and abuse of women bloggers.

Mary Anne Mohanraj 

Likewise another smart blogger and writer to watch on feminism and other cultural issues.

Sandra TaylerTraditional Roles for Women

The business brain of the Schlock Mercenary franchise and a writer herself, Sandra wrestles with women’s roles and identities. Is it really so easy to shed things you care about and upon which you’ve built your identity for the sake of fairness?

Marissa Lingen 

Marissa chimes in on the Jane C. Hines post with some good points about how gender-based challenges may have non-linear, non-proportionate, or non-expected effects on people.