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Because I’m a woman this post will be about knitting, cooking, children, and the joys of domesticity.

Oh, wait. No it won’t. I apologize if the title deceived you but I can’t knit, I don’t have children, I’m an average cook, and I find very little joy in the domestic world. However, because I am of the female variety my blog is immediately pegged as “that” genre.

“But Devan, this is the modern age where women shouldn’t have to fall into the stereotypes of which they have been entrapped since the fall of hunting and gathering.” You’d be right. Blogging should stand as an escape from the throws of everyday archetypes, not just another foothold for patriarchy. And yet, there is still this uphill battle for female efficacy.

Let’s try and figure out what draws people to a blog. Cool formatting? Concise workflow? Pretty pictures? Debate? As Uses of Blogs puts it,

The debate about gender and blogging has therefore suffered from lack of clarity in three main areas: what counts as a blog, what counts as an online journal, and what counts as political. (155)

Apparently, us bottom-of-the-food-chain bloggers must rely on the unending wisdom of the “pundit” blog. We give them the power to look at our blogs with their ex-ray eyes and judge whether or not we deserve to be read, published, linked to, or whatever else suits their fancy. They take the phrase “It’s all about who you know” to an entirely new level. Heck, we may have never met these particular individuals and yet they hold the unyielding power to manhandle our internet private parts. They can capitalize on both our successes and failures.

by privileging filter blogs and thereby implicitly evaluating the activities of adult males as more interesting, important and/or newsworthy than those of other blog authors, public discourses about weblogs marginalize the activities of women and teen bloggers, thereby indirectly reproducing societal sexism and ageism, and misrepresenting the fundamental nature of the weblog phenomenon. (155)

I can understand that sometimes, us female-folk tend to go off on random tangents about the most mundane things. Honestly, an hour into a rant to my boyfriend about my mother I realize how much time I’ve wasted on such a completely pointless task. Yes. We drone on and on with usually no point in site, no concise argument, no bathroom breaks. However, there are times when I have some alright things to say and this is where my distaste for stereotyping “filter” blogs place women as a whole into this pit. This pit of despair.

Only the pundit overlords know where the knot in the tree is to open the secret door.

To bypass these filters, many women, in search of a more neutral pen name, have turned to pseudonyms. For more information, check out Joe’s post here.

For more information on how ageism is affected by these manhandling meanies, check out Matt’s post here.

I’m not going to pretend to enjoy politics in order to get views or garner popularity. I’m just going to blog for the sake of blogging and maybe I’ll get my own kind of viewers. It’s the internet. Who knows?

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-Isms fighting the bombastic blogger with pseudonyms.

Joe, Matt and I joined forces for this weeks digital artifact. Tomorrow we’re going to combine ideas to make the finished product. Today we’re just gathering ingredients. Here is what I’ve got so far for sources:

We were initially going to discuss some of the basics for this chapter (sexism vs. ageism) but then after we began researching, our ideas evolved. Matt strayed toward ageism, Joe took the pseudonym route, and I decided to explore “filter” blogs. Maybe it’s my deep-down dislike for those who believe themselves to be better than everyone else. Most of the time, it’s because they are, but hey, you don’t need to go rubbing it in all the time.

One quote in particular from Uses of Blogs got me started down this road.

As other researchers have argued, however, these perceptions create a hierarchy whereby the group or pundit blog– sometimes called the “filter” blog–is the authentic form against which other styles of blogging must be judged” (155)

The author then goes on to explain how none of these pundit blogs have really addressed the basis of which they go around “judging” blogs.

What these debates also typically avoid is any significant debate about what makes atopic “political,” “newsworthy,” or “important” in the first place (155)

This reminds me of something Prof. Morgan told me about my first couple of blog posts. He said I was “snarky” but there wasn’t any basis for me being “snarky” other than my own personal opinion. I didn’t have and facts to back myself up. Isn’t this a similar situation? The filter blogs are sitting there being snarky about other people’s blogs, judging them with criteria they don’t understand fully.

If you’re going to label someone’s blog as worthless you better have a rubric or something. Maybe then we can really call them “A-List” bloggers.

 

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