Posted on March 7, 2011
I know I’ve already made my views clear re the blokeosphere and how feminist blogs are consistently categorised wrongly by organisations such as wikio, but I’m about to bang on about it again because it’s something that continues to frustrate me.
It comes as no surprise that feminist blogs barely make it out of the starting blocks when it comes to testosterone fuelled rankings wars for instance, because as long as the big boys who create these lists refuse to acknowledge that feminism is politics, and thus should be categorised as such instead of being sidelined under the “general” category heading, feminist blogs will never have the chance to be seen as more than a niche interest.
And yet despite being around the blogosphere long enough to get how this shit works, I continue to be astounded by the lack of consistency/glaring fucking sexism that continues to go on.
Take the top 100 political blogs from wikio’s newly released March rankings for example. Here’s the top of the list, looking pretty much as you might expect:
And now here’s the tail end of the top 100:
Sorry, what’s that blog at the end there? ‘John Smeaton, SPUC Director‘??
Here’s the blurb again in case you missed it:
“A blog launched on the 41st anniversary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), the first pro-life organisation in the world, established on 11th January 1967. SPUC has been a leader in the educational and political battle against abortion, human embryo experimentation and euthanasia since then. I write this blog in my role as SPUC director, commenting on pro-life news, reflecting on pro-life issues and promoting SPUC’s work.”
Maybe someone could explain to me how my blog and most of the other feminist blogs in bloglandia don’t count as political blogs, but an anti-woman, anti-choice, misogynist piece of shit blog like the John Smeaton, SPUC Director blog does?
‘Cos I’m buggered if I can understand it.
that is nonsense isn’t it?
unscientific, women hating nonsense gets classed as politics.
i counted three feminist blogs. so i expect they think that’s alright then.
Answer to your question is because feminist blogs are written by women and that means said blogs are not ‘relevant to the male-centric perspective!’
Remember women are incapable of writing anything remotely serious and intellectual whereas men are supposedly innately far superior and more intelligent than women. Don’t believe me – read Joanna Russ’s book How to Suppress Women’s Writing.
Note: Joanna Russ’s book uncovers the multitude ways male supremacists continue to make misogynistic claims that womens’ writing is not as good as men’s. Then too politics are all about men and their interests, their rights and their entitlements. We women aren’t human despite being the majority of the human race. Instead we exist solely to serve men 24/7. But the real issue is power which continues to be held by men and shows no sign of being curbed or even eliminated. This is why Women’s Liberation was created because women realised that men will nevr relinquish their power without direct and sustained challenges. That’s also why misogynist John Smeaton’s blog is accorded value because he is promoting male domination over all women because our bodies and lives supposedly belong to men!
This is a bit off topic, and probably a stupid question, but why are so many of the pro forced pregnancy lot middle aged blokes?
Here’s a way that you might be able to subvert the ranking system – look at the “topics” they have listed (which I assume are tags perhaps?). Just make sure you put junk tags like “UK Politics” onto every post.
Give it a go, see if it works.
Answer is simple: Bill Clinton said it “it’s the patriarchy stupid!” Hey I said a man’s name, should up the ratings and sneak feminism into the top 100!!
Brilliant idea Fab Libber, I shall have a play and see what I can do 😉
Polly – I’m guessing it’s because they’ve never been pregnant, or never had to worry about being pregnant, so they have absolutely no fucking idea what the issues are for women. That and they’re a bunch of misognist shits.
Wel I think the answer’s really simple Cath. If you’re against abortion, don’t have one!
Myself I think it’s because they want to control women, and therefore don’t like the idea of women being able have PIV sex without the prospect of pregnancy. Most are against contraception as well.
It’s all about the control of women. Pretty simple.
As FCM always says, why don’t those guys simply stop having PIV with women, then there would be no need for abortion at all. Put your “P” where your mouth is so to speak…
Or those guys could deposit their sperm in a bank then get a vasectomy. If they wanted to start a family they simply make a withdrawal from the bank.
Simples. Actually I think this should be compulsory.
maggie, that is a great idea!! Let’s tell right wing men how to end abortion… they all get vasectomies, deposit sperm in a bank before hand. Then only pregnancies that are actually wanted would happen. They take all the medical risk, women don’t need pills, and women control the keys to the “bank” account. Right wing christian men could lead this movement, take all the risks, do all the sacrifice. What a damn great idea!! But just to be on the safe side, and to make sure they are well educated, they will give up forever PIV, and learn other forms of pleasing their wives.
Could be worse, Cath.
At least they don’t stick you in under “Hobbies and Interests”!
I’ve had an email from a ‘Community Manager’ at Wikio:
Head. Meet. Desk.
dearie me. can’t win can we?
Hopefully, you’ll add a bit of feminity in the Top ranking!
Is there some sort of dress-code to the Political blog category? Good grief.
I flicked through the top 100 at wikio, the ones I recognise are:
#59 The F-Word
The rest just look like pure bloke-fest, not that these two are particularly non-bloke.
Sounds like it. I wonder if I should I be blogging in heels…….
I think that wikio require feminist blogs to put up some frilly curtains, you know, to add a bit of feminity.
Ok, I just nearly choked to death on a chocolate eclair, which wasn’t really the death I had envisaged for myself.
What is feminity?
That Nick Clegg is a bastard isn’t he? (Sorry, just trying to be political).
Oh, yeah. I gather The F Word, a site which, despite all its flaws, features many posts from many different authors is on par with Penny Red, who is a) one young middle class woman from Oxford who hasn’t b) posted anything political in her blog since September, seeing as she’s got way more important things to say elsewhere.
Who died and made these “men” kings of the political blogosphere?
Liberal Conspiracy left wing ?? Get outta town ! : )