December 31, 2005

It's the Little Things That Set Me Off

The backstory: Some Townhall columnist wrote a piece mocking political blogs by observing that:

Some bloggers also offer superb commentary, but most babble, buzz and blurt like caffeinated adolescents competing for the Ritalin generation's inevitable senior superlative: Most Obsessive-Compulsive.

Obsessive-compulsive? I don't know where she's getting that. It isn't as though I ever had a furious little fellow link the same blog post of mine every day for a week, just to emphasize how much he disagreed with it.

Anyway, Q & O says she's kind of right, kind of wrong--something about a broad brush and not all blogs being political, blah blah, and hey, what about all those other blogs that make up the 14,000,000 estimated blogs out there:

If, as comScore Media Metrix reports in their August 2005 study, the blogosphere is broken into 7 nonexclusive blog groups (political, hipster lifestyle, tech, blogs authored by women, media, personal and business are the categories in order of descending popularity) then the portion of blogs which give Parker heartburn are very small indeed.

Who are these comScore Media Metrices, and how do I hit them? I never realized my sex autocategorized me into a group that could be listed with "political, hipster lifestyle, tech . . . ." in, apparently, all seriousness. You can go into market research now even if you failed beginning Sesame Street, I guess, because one of these things is definitely not like the others.

I suppose their asses are partially covered by the "nonexclusive" modifier, i.e., a weblog could be dedicated to the hipster lifestyle (is this really a sizeable genre? Please kill me) and authored by a woman; but a weblog could also be a chronicle of tech industry trends and authored by a man, yet I am not seeing "blogs authored by men" listed in comScore's seven nonexclusive blog groups.

And why would it be? Blogs authored by men are the default, the norm, right? Any deviation from the norm must necessarily be noted and labeled appropriately.

So you can be famous and on teevee like Ariana Huffington and Michelle Malkin--two examples of "blogs authored by women" that comScore provides--but, having been found guilty of the offense of vagina possession, it's into the women-authored category they both go--together. Hope you like sharing a cell, girls. Next time, try to pee standing up.

I wonder if what we're going to see in the next few years is a clash between women who enjoy this distinction because it means they get to have fabulous conferences about it, and women like me who'd rather we just dispensed with the distinction entirely. So you got a pussy! And you write a blog. How very wonderful for you. I really do not know how you do it, what with all that menstruation to get done every month.

You can go share a category with this, this, and this. They all have so much in common--like, you know, girl parts and stuff.

And that trumps everything. It's what you get for deviating from the norm.

Posted by Ilyka at December 31, 2005 02:43 PM in hell is other people

The best part about this method of categorizing blogs is that provides a segue directly into the next round of the Where Are The Women Bloggers debate. After all, women aren't writing blogs that fall into the categories of political, hipster lifestyle, tech, media, personal OR business. In fact, of the seven (7) categories of blogs, women participate in only one of them! What gives?

Posted by: Moebius Stripper at December 31, 2005 03:49 PM

I'm still liking the study (linked sometime back on Ace of Spades, probably -- I don't keep much track of these things) which stated that men use the internet to do neat things like find gadgets and computer-related information, and um, look up interesting visual items, and women use it to email their close-knit circle of family and friends without which no woman is whole, as well as using it for health-related matters. Why, I can vouch for that! The other day I felt a cold coming on, and I went and got on the internet and looked up "cold coming on" and what do you know, I found this darling website run by an old friend, and we just chatted about our periods just like old times, and then the next day I had the flu!

And I did it all from my pink Barbie computer. That I knitted the most darling dustcover for.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at December 31, 2005 04:34 PM

Yo, I just post pics of my cats from my pink computer. See, Andrea, we have something in common. ;)

Happy New Year, all.

Posted by: Lauren at December 31, 2005 06:12 PM

This shit really chaps my ass. I'm a fucking blogger who happens to be concave, not a concave with a blog!

Men and women are different, but that doesn't make MEN the default (and thereby, "norm") POV.


Home Depot and Lowe's are my shopping stops of choice AND I can sew!

Hope that fucks up someone's categorized demographics.

Posted by: Darleen at December 31, 2005 07:46 PM


I feel like doing an Elephant Man riff: "I am not a category, I am a human being!"

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at January 1, 2006 06:32 AM

Andrea, all of your comments on this subject should carry a spit-monitor warning.


I'm going to email you about it right away.

Posted by: Meryl Yourish at January 1, 2006 09:08 PM
Andrea, all of your comments on this subject should carry a spit-monitor warning.

That's why she has carte blanche here.

This is where I started giggling:

women use it to email their close-knit circle of family and friends without which no woman is whole

And by here I was laughing out loud:

The other day I felt a cold coming on, and I went and got on the internet and looked up "cold coming on"

. . . because I have relatives who would actually do that, I'm ashamed to say. Anyway, by the time she got to the pink Barbie computer, I was nearly dead. Dead of laughter.

Posted by: ilyka at January 1, 2006 11:10 PM