Thinking Out Loud

September 13, 2008

The Male Domination of the Christian Internet

Filed under: Christianity, Church, family — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 10:18 pm

Although the blogroll at right lists a handful of sites I think are worth visiting, my personal bookmarks include some 70 + Christian blogs which I try to check out at least every other day.   That’s a lot of blogs.   And you know what?   They’re all written by men.  As in males.  As in not women.

Tonight I landed on a couple of blogs written by women that aren’t part of my bookmarks.   I immediately bookmarked both of them.  I need to hear their perspective.   I need to listen carefully to what they’re saying.   I realize there is a certain dimension, possibly even a certain depth of spirituality that I don’t find reading stuff by fellow guys.   A different understanding of God’s dealings with us in this broken old world.

I think that much of this has to do with the fact that men “publish” on the internet with the intention of reaching the widest audience.   Women tend to be truer to the idea of blogs as online diaries; they write about raising kids, about intimate feelings, about deep personal discoveries in their reading of the scriptures.  In that sense, women bloggers often tend to be more “Psalm-like” in their online composing.   In the Psalms, David (or Asaph, or whoever) unleashes both high praise and extreme frustration towards God, who is always there as listening friend, whatever David’s mood that day.   The Psalmist just wants to express something.

What do you think?  Is it just me, or is Evangelical Christianity totally dominated online the way it’s dominated in the church, and in Christian publishing?   What percentage of the bloggers you read are female?

~Paul Wilkinson

SEPT 14 UPDATE:  Turns out that ON THE VERY SAME DAY, the cartoon blog ASBO JESUS was running a post on the VERY SAME THEME.  Check it out and check out the comments, too.   Link here.

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6 Comments »

  1. Hi, Paul

    I think probably 50:50. But then I’m a woman, so maybe that doesn’t count. Maybe you read men’s blogs simply because they appeal more to you, as they likely think along the same lines as you do.

    I’ve noticed that male bloggers seem to go more for the controversial subjects, though. I haven’t seen a lot of female bloggers going for the conflict or enjoying the verbal sparring the way the men often seem to do. That sort of thing is more sensational and definitely gets the hits, but it’s not much fun if you don’t enjoy scrapping. For that reason, I don’t talk about a lot of subjects I do find interesting, though I might comment on them on OPB (other people’s blogs). ;)

    Good point . . . thanks for bringing this up.

    Grace and peace,

    Cindy

    Comment by cindyinsd — September 13, 2008 @ 11:38 pm

  2. I never paid attention before now! It’s interesting to look at. I read over 70 blogs and many of them are by women. However, of the blogroll on my blog I have 17 blogs listed, and only six of those are women. Does reading my own blog count? :) That would make 7 out of 18, nearly 40%. None of the female bloggers I read focus primarily on the things you listed in this blog. Those types of things don’t interest me much.

    This was a thought-provoking post–thanks!

    Comment by Tracy Simmons — September 14, 2008 @ 7:08 am

  3. Paul,

    I wrote my take on it as a blog post:

    http://lordibelievehelpmyunbelief.blogspot.com/2008/09/dont-stifle-yourself-edith.html

    Comment by Jim — September 14, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

  4. I never paid attention either, but I think I’m about even. I like people who have fun, and people who are serious and make me think… and mostly, people who are “real.”

    Comment by HW — September 14, 2008 @ 8:21 pm

  5. Cindy, I think you’re right. Where you see the real sparring is on the USA Today Religion page blog, and I’m fairly confident most of the people posting there are guys. Men love a good fight, and they don’t back down from one.

    Tracy, I guess what I write about is a reflection of what I’m reading on other blogs. However, we are going for a different ‘vibe’ on this one that’s lighter and more eclectic, so I hope you’ll drop by again in the future.

    Jim, Your blog post says, “How could you not notice?” I think you can be aware of something in the background, but not truly “notice” it or think about it. It turns out actually, that there were two women on my blog bookmarks, and as of right now it’s up to six.

    HW, Thanks for writing. Maybe y’all (as we say in the deep south of Ontario) could recommend some bloggers I should consider.

    BTW, For obvious reasons, women need to be cautious about identity on the internet. Today that proved frustrating though, as I wanted to follow up with one blogger about a feature on her site, only to find avenues of contact weren’t there. Probably a good idea, though.

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — September 14, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

  6. Hey everybody, be sure to see the SEPT 14 UPDATE at the bottom of the original post…

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — September 14, 2008 @ 9:25 pm


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