Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Where are the women?

Today we will be posting from Part II of Blogging Feminism: (Web)Sites of Resistance, Women and Politics in the Blogosphere, which focus on an important and ongoing discussion on women’s participation in the blogosphere, popularly known as the “where are the women?” conversations.

Clancy Ratliff, in “Attracting Readers: Sex and Audience in the Blogosphere,” examines both the ways that female bloggers choose (or not) to make their gender known and how some women bloggers choose to use elements of femininity in performative ways via the blogosphere. Ultimately, Ratliff argues that “bloggers’ fixation on the element of sex in the ‘Where are the women?’ discussions shows that gender is a difference that cannot be set aside,” but one which “affects weblog conversations before they even begin.”

Stay tuned for excerpts from two more articles in Part II, Women and Politics in the Blogosphere...

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