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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Women and Blogging

Evelyn Brister has posted an interesting post about women and blogging over at Knowledge and Experience. Click here.


CK said...

I've noticed this, too--and chalked it up to the difference between how men and women seem to converse in general.

At least the classes I've been in (undergrad, div school and grad), the men have no problem jumping in with any thought that's crossing through their head. They'll have a variety of comments, ranging from the inane to the insightful.

Women, on the other hand, tend to hang back and observe, then present something more carefully formulated.

For me, this means that I post frequently about topics that I am confident of and less frequently on others, since I'm still in the 'processing' phase.

I don't know if this is due to a difference in the way women think, or the way we've been socialized to interact (be sure you've got something good when you speak). It could just be me, too!

You've probably been following Majikthise and the story of Ben Barres, but here's the link.

Brit Brogaard said...

Thanks for the link, Colleen! I refuse to believe that there is any hardwired difference between how men and women think but we are no doubt socialized to interact in different ways.

CK said...

We're socialized to expect differences. Several times, I've had people who only knew me through my blog (reading it regularly, not just once or twice) assume I was a man.

One woman (!) said to me, "You are just so rational, I assumed you were a man."

Ugh. What do I say? Thank you?!

Brit Brogaard said...

On a closely related issue: I occasionally hear 'you drive like a woman'

'Thank you' is my favorite reply.

annie said...

Hi. Just came across this post (and this blog, which I'm enjoying). So glad to read ck's first comment above re: gender differences in discussion styles. I'd been wondering if I was the only one who had not only observed these differences, but also considered them worth thinking about.

Brit Brogaard said...

Thanks! Hope eventually to be able to do more on women and philosophy.