Lorie Byrd

No discussion of women bloggers would be complete without some gross generalizations and politically incorrect observations -- both of which I plan to include here.

The first time I read one of the many posts that have been written on various blogs about a shortage of female political bloggers, my first thought was to ask, ?What shortage?? Many of the bloggers I read daily, including Michelle Malkin, Betsy Newmark, La Shawn Barber and the Anchoress are women.  A look at blog rankings, however, shows the top spots are held primarily by men.  

There are, no doubt, multiple factors that have contributed to the numbers being what they are for women bloggers, and more than a few male bloggers have attempted to provide explanations.

 Kevin Drum once suggested the ?geek? factor might contribute to the small number of female political bloggers.

Although its geeky Usenet roots were (and are) testosterone laden affairs, there are still no formal barriers to entry here, no old boys club in the usual meaning of the word. Yet if you take a look at the Blogosphere Ecosystem, which for all its faults is probably the closest thing we have to a consensus measure of popularity for political blogs, you will find exactly two women in the top 30: Michelle Malkin and La Shawn Barber.

John Hawkins at Right Wing News has written on this topic at least three times and has offered his explanation for a shortage of ?A-List? female bloggers.

Women on the whole are less interested in politics than men, therefore less women create blogs, thus the female talent pool in the blogosphere is smaller than the male pool, which leads to the dearth of "A-List" female bloggers.

In other words, there aren't as many really successful female bloggers because percentage wise, there aren't as many women who are interested in doing political blogging. It's just that simple...

Whatever the reason for the small percentage of female political bloggers, I definitely do not buy the ?Woe is me, I can?t succeed in the blogosphere because I am a woman? excuse.  For those who do buy it, anonymity is an available option.  A blogger?s gender can quite easily be kept a mystery.

Lorie Byrd

Lorie Byrd is a Townhall.com columnist and blogs at Wizbang and at LorieByrd.com.

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