Rhonda Robinson

Do Women Bloggers Have the Prowess of Men?

Posted on March 31 2010 3:45 pm
Rhonda Robinson is part of NewsReal's editorial team. As a columnist, Rhonda has provided readers with thoughtful insight into social, political, and parenting issues since 1995.
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“Guys seek thrills and speed. They go for the adrenalin rush. They get pumped by going higher, faster, farther than anyone else. They want lots of action and instant gratification. That’s also why guys like blogging – instant opinions, and lots of them. Men clearly have an urge to blog that women lack. Like extreme snowmobiling, the blogosphere is dominated by men.”

So says Margaret Wente.

Seriously? Wente also considers the political blogosphere nothing more than a “peeing contest.” Which is why, she contends, that women don’t do well at blogging—because we don’t engage in peeing contests, nor are we interested in public displays of prowess. Besides, we are just as interested in listening as talking, more about relationships than scoring points, and we lack the public confidence that comes “so easily to many men.”

Again, seriously? While I can imagine she is describing some men, I don’t see her description of blogging or women bloggers as accurate.

Wente also raised the eyebrow of Susannah Breslin, who confesses she “blogs like a man.” Breslin puts women bloggers into three categories: “mommybloggers” “ladybloggers” and “women who blog like men.” I agree. Women blog about what is important to them. The difference is women, unlike men, have very different seasons in their lives.

The birth of children drastically changes a woman’s life. By contrast, very little changes for a man. That’s not to say that the birth of a child is not life changing, but when comparing it to a woman’s life and daily routine, little has changed. A child did not change his employment, his ability to go in public without nursing pads and a change of clothes. Chances are he isn’t crying over McDonald’s commercials, and he can still fit in the same clothes he wore before the baby was born.

When a woman’s life changes to center around her child– her world changes, and she wants to talk about it. Moms no longer have to rely on journaling, play dates or phones with 20 foot cords to connect with other moms—they can, and do blog.

Then there are those of us who like Breslin, “blog like men” in the political realm. Again, it’s simply what is important to us. Although I still have two teenagers in captivity, and my heart is centered on the preservation of the family and those struggling through the early years of parenting, I dearly love to research, analyze and opine on the world around us, because after all—everything that politicians do for the children—they do to the family.

The Left would have us believe that there is no difference between men and women, and Wente would have us believe the difference is in our prowess and need for instant gratification.

I consider myself feminine in every sense of the word; I don’t do sports, I prefer flowers, lace, pearls and software. Yet, my husband will tell you, I think and argue like a man. He has little concern for me holding my own in this “men’s world” of political blogging.

Women, in this arena are rare, not because women in general are less capable, inept or shy away from a fight. We simply write what we care about. We are cut from the same cloth as those who came before us on wagons; we are women that can keep the wolves away from the door.

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