Thursday, February 21, 2008

GUEST POST: Where Are All the Girl Bloggers???

GUEST POST: Elizabeth Curtis recently graduated with an M.A. in women’s studies from George Washington University, where her M.A. thesis focused on blogging and the creation of feminist networks online. (The full text of her thesis is available at
here.) Currently, Elizabeth continues blogging and serves as Program Coordinator at the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership.

Ah, Interweb Mythology. The NYTimes article Sorry, Boys, This Is Our Domain highlights the myth that men and boys dominate the internet while women and girls aren't really active world wide web users. Despite the fact that many, many individuals have spent time debunking this untruth (ie, statements of statistics, explanations of cultural expectations, discussions of female visibility, etc), articles like this one still seem to be very necessary in terms of making known the work female internet users.

Specifically, the article concentrates on a recent Pew Institute study that documents that girls (ages 12-17) create more content than boys while also pointing out the gendered differences in technology careers:
The “girls rule” trend in content creation has been percolating for a few years — a Pew study published in 2005 also found that teenage girls were the primary content creators — but the gender gap for blogging, in particular, has widened.

As teenage bloggers nearly doubled from 2004 to 2006, almost all the growth was because of “the increased activity of girls,” the Pew report said.

The findings have implications beyond blogging, according to Pew, because bloggers are “much more likely to engage in other content-creating activities than nonblogging teens.”

But even though girls surpass boys as Web content creators, the imbalance among adults in the computer industry remains. Women hold about 27 percent of jobs in computer and mathematical occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This article strikes me as a great start to a bigger conversation about gender, blogging, and technology.

What's your take?

PS And what's up with the boys versus girls title? Anyone put up a "opposite sex keep out" sign on her/his website recently? Anyone?

Crossposted at A Blog Without a Bicycle


Rachel said...

Great post! Have I lost perspective? The only blogs I read are authored by women....

Deborah Siegel said...

AWESOME post, E! And Pop Feminist, I hear you :)

E. Curtis said...

For the most part, the only blogs I read regularly and with dedication are authored by feminists. Have I lost perspective?

I'd love to hear what folks think - and any blog read recommendations that they have. Let's expand our RSS feeds!

Anonymous said...

Most blogs I read are also from feminists. When I started blogging a few months ago I tried to give non-feminist, anti-progressive sites a good debate. But the debate never went anywhere because they argue with empty patriarchal talking points. So now I'm back in the feminist niche!

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