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February 27, 2005


Adriana Bliss

I do totally associate the types of blog with writing, poetry, and descriptions of life, as feminine. Very interesting observation and right in line with the bit of controversy I read about here:


Yes, I have also been following that discussion and it was interesting. I even got involved with making a comment to Kevin Drum - oh dear! A drop in the bucket of all the anger that was raised there.


It's hard to say what kind of content makes a blog feminine or masculine. A blog about legal analysis? Is that masculine? Hardly. A blog about poetry, prose, descriptions of life--feminine? I don't think so.

I think subconsciously or perhaps consciously, we need to figure out who is who and what is what. We rely on stereotypes when we can't answer that. Some people see blogging as an important tool to keep journalists honest and we're conditioned to view "important" things as masculine. Once blogging becomes "women's work" it will fall out of favor. That guy from WashTimes may have an agenda when he slams female bloggers.


I meant WashMonthly, not Times.


Since I have a few times been mistaken about the biological gender of the writer, I find that (the sex of the writer) more interesting to surmise on than whether the blog itself has a discernable gender in its topic, manner of writing, outlook. We are constantly shifting our sense of self, our perspectives, perhaps disguising ourselves, even if we don't mean to, that there aren't clear distinctions between the dicotomies of masculine and feminine anymore. Or at least is that ideally so?

Adriana Bliss

In reading the comments here, I realize I wasn't clear enough - I think of "feminine" and "masculine" not in terms of biological sex, but rather in terms of energy, as in yin and yang. All people embrace both types of energies, neither type of energy is more or less important, but rather serves different purposes. I think it's a traditional view (using a Jungian approach) not necessarily stereotypical.


Actually, Adriana, I think your comments were clear. The posting was deliberate in being unclear, in a way, because a) I am unclear about how I think about it, b) I love to hear everyone's different interpretations, and c) a little bit for fun!

And that has happened quite nicely, don't you all think?

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