Saturday musings: Why is the blogosphere Male-Dominated?


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I read this article the other day and I couldn't stop myself from sharing it with you. It's a subject that truly needs to be discussed. Why bloggers are mostly male? Why are they the most active Internet users? 

The female author of this post argues that It's a gender thing: 

[We] believe the urge to blog is closely related to the sex-linked compulsion known as male answer syndrome. MAS is the reason why guys shoot up their hands first in math class. MAS also explains why men are so quick to have opinions on subjects they know little or nothing about.

It's surprising how scientists have a name for almost everything these days! I've certainly witnessed this MAS phenomenon on blogs, facebook, twitter… It is astonishing how you can get more reactions from guys in a day, than you may ever get from a female community in a week! I'm not exaggerating and certainly not being a sexist against my own gender. I truly believe females don't think reacting online (to news or to other people's posts) is a priority and that's a petty since many of them are brilliant and have lots to contribute.  

…women tend to be more restrained and less concerned with public displays of prowess…. We also tend to lack the public confidence that comes so easily to many men.

I've had a blog project in mind since my second year of college, and it took me almost two years to make it real. Lack of public confidence? Heck yeah! It's probably Number 1 reason why females haven't taken over the blogosphere just yet. Maybe we tend to give other's opinions more weight than they deserve. Or maybe it's out of fear of failure… 

But What makes a female minority blog then?  I have just sailed in the blogosphere's seas But I can tell you what made me jump in the first place:

hugh macleod's  "The best way to get approval is not to need it." Think about it!

So what do you think? Do you agree? Hit me with a comment, I would love to discuss this a little further!

Lamia Ben