October 19, 2005 at 10:42 am
Some cool new people have been commenting on this blog lately, so I’ve been checking out their sites and the sites they link to and the sites those sites link to etc. etc. It’s one big hyperlinked ball of yarn. The thing I’ve noticed is that there are hardly any males with weight loss blogs. Weight loss blogs are as girly as tampons.
Which makes me wonder about gender division in the blogosphere in general. (Blogosphere – that word still cracks me up. It reminds me of the Biosphere 2 project, like all us bloggers live in a huge geodesic dome and grow our own corn). Do certain topics attract genders unequally? I think yes. Most of the big political blogs are run by men. Most of the parenting blogs I’ve seen are run my women, hence the term “Mommy Blogs.”
My “I-just-pulled-this-out-of-my-ass” theory is that men tend to like to talk about the external world whereas women tend to like to talk about their internal world. Hence, men will jabber on about politics without fear, but if they had to start analyzing their feelings or body issues they’d freak. Alternatively, women like to talk about their personal lives and feelings, usually with other women, thus explaining the abundance and female bloggers writing about their weight and their kids’ antics.
Of course there are exceptions to this. Wonkette is a popular political blog run by a woman, but it was purposely set up as such by blogging empire guru Nick Denton.
Gender division isn’t anything new. I played flute in high school and I almost never sat next to a guy. The brass section was male dominated with nary a girl on trumpet or tuba. The clarinets and saxophones were more mixed. It was like the heavier the instrument got the more masculine it became.
I feel bad for the boys. I hope they don’t feel left out of our weight loss blogging community. To them, browsing our blogs must be like walking into a Victoria’s Secret store.
ETA: OMG, the Biosphere 2 is for sale! If we pool our money, we can move in and start growing our own corn.