Monday, January 17, 2005

A Female NZ political blogger? Where?

Why does NZ's pol-blog clique seem to comprise solely of pasty white males? There are no female NZ political bloggers, apart from Debrorah Hill Cone - currently on breeding related hiatus, but she doesn't count as she's a real journalist. (and no, writing for the Listener doesn't make you a journalist) What is it about the political division of this medium seems to turn women off? There's several NZ female bloggers writing on topics such as weight loss, television, 6th form poetry and more but none on politics..... or perhaps there are female pol-bloggers out there, doing a reverse bizgurl. I hope to change it in some way, and impart the views of a girl from the South Island to give some varation to the increasingly dull male dominated political discourse that we see in our gated community.
By the way, I was disappointed to see that the terzain loving lads from NZPundit described this blog as 'lefty' which given the sensibilities of the other two bloggers was a fair assumption to make, I hope to change that perception in the coming weeks.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Guys,
We are out there, just hiding under a girly blog, should get serious and start a Female Political Blog, Lefty of cause, got to put BA to use and all the cool stuff learnt from Young Labour, (Prince Street still rules). 

Posted by Tonez

Anonymous said...

I agree Max, although you'll be pleased to know I am female, even if my pseudonym doesn't give that away (and people usually assume I'm a male by default cause I write about politics *sigh*). Anyhoo, I would like to see more women blogging. Might even counteract some of the overtly violent language that some of the boys in the blogosphere insist on using. It is rather tiring. 

Posted by kakariki

Anonymous said...

Political science at uni is still bloke dominated. I think that society expects men to seek power (through GI Joe action toys etc), thus men care more about power and comment on it more.
A number of psudoymn (sic) bloggers could be chicks, maybe guys are more willing to use their name as well. 

Posted by Greg

Anonymous said...

You go girl! Especially if you're going to prove wrong those who assume you're a lefty! :) 

Posted by Ordinary Kiwi on Struggle Street

Anonymous said...

check out Heather Roy
http://right-prescription.blognz.com/

 

Posted by robertp

Anonymous said...

Spanner is a female NZ political blogger.

Also Helen has her popular and competent blog :-) 

Posted by David Farrar

Anonymous said...

ahem, yes i am indeed of the XX chromosome variety also (thank you Mr Farrar for pointing that out)

i too was a bit surprised at the lack of women around the place (i didn't realise kakariki was a chick until quite recently, which was silly of me really).

in fact i recall posting on this very thing when i first started blogging and one of the comments i got assumed that i was male too!

i would also like to point your browser in the direction of Make Tea Not War, who is not entirely political in her own blog but is frequently to be found commenting on matters of politics on the blogs of others. http://maketeanotwar.blogspot.com/ 

Posted by span(ner in the works)

Anonymous said...

Why have a blog when the girls have real power these days? 

Posted by Uroskin

Anonymous said...

yep we have the "real power" to still be paid less than men...  

Posted by span(ner in the works)

Anonymous said...

I used to post about more than weightloss - but not writing about politics doesn't mean I don't have opinions. I just don't go in for all the petty in-fighting and "No, I'm right!" arguments that go on in the weblog world. Give me a discussion over dinner anyday. 

Posted by Sarah

Anonymous said...

I think that guys tend to gravitate to politics a bit more that chicks. Hence why they tend to be over represented in blogs. 

Posted by stef

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