Ezra Klein agreed with Amy about the ghettoization of female voices, noting that while male political bloggers are known as "political" bloggers, women are more often known as "feminist" bloggers. "There's this rich and broad feminist blogosphere, which is heavily female and very political, but considered a different sort of animal. Is Jill Filipovic a political blogger? Ann Friedman?" he says. Male bloggers are seen as talking about politics with a universal point of view, but when we women bring our perspective to the field, it's seen as as a minority opinion.Women's voices are ghettoized? Oh, for the love of peanut butter cookies. The melodrama! I'm ghettoized. Most of my friends hate politics, so if I'm ghettoized and marginalized, it's because they don't want to read politics "shit". And you know what I say to them? Too damn bad! I like politics, but I digress.
Back to the poor, baby, women. My blogroll is full of fantastic bloggers, some of whom are men, some of whom are women. But you know what? If I prefer a male blogger, because he is smarter, funnier, has a more unique take, tough bananas, ladies! Am I a misogynist? Yes, I know. I'm a conservative woman, I'm inherently self-hating, sex-hating, woman-hating, and oppressed. For all that, I'm remarkably happy. Go figure.
Just to spread the love, I'm going to list my favorite ten bloggers who happen to be women:
10. Sisters of A Different Order
9. Michelle Malkin
8. Dr. Pat Santy
7. Gina Cobb
6. Cassy Fiano
5. Ann Althouse
4. Betsy Newmark
3. Maxed Out Mama
2. The Anchoress
1. Rachel Lucas
Oh crap! I just realized that I couldn't keep it to ten. So here are some other women bloggers I make sure and read: E.M. Zanotti, LaShawn Barber, Dr. Helen Smith, Fausta, Beth at Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, Mary Katherine Ham, and on and on....
But really, the ladies on this list are fantastic because of their brains, not their ovaries. I'll give the last word to Cassy:
I've never had one single person tell me my opinion had less merit because I'm a woman, or that I wasn't as good as the guy bloggers out there. I've seen no evidence of a "boy's club" in the blogosphere; in fact, every single male blogger I have had any kind of communication with whatsoever has been gracious, helpful, and more than willing to assist me in building my blogging career.Amen, sister.
I don't know where feminists got this idea that all male-dominated careers were unfair to women unless there are an exactly equal number of women participating in these careers, but it's ridiculous. They need to get over the bean-counting. Living in a state of perpetual outrage or victimhood will get you nowhere.
So, Miss Megan, as long as you live in a mindset where Poor Little Female Bloggers can't make it in the Mean Old Boys' Club, then that's exactly what it will always be for you. Meanwhile, those of us who realize that we can make it if we're willing to work hard enough are too busy enjoying our careers as bloggers to worry about the ratio of male vs. female bloggers. Whining about female voices being silenced when it's not even remotely the truth just makes you look insecure and idiotic.
Grow up, and instead of blaming the mean 'ole misogynistic men for your failures, take responsibility for yourself. Start living in the real world. There are a wealth of intelligent, unique, thoughtful voices out there, both male and female. You don't have to be a brain surgeon to see that