I went to a very interesting event this week, organised by Sunny Hundal of Liberal Conspiracy. A bunch of left liberal bloggers got together to talk about how blogging might engage with and have an impact on national (UK) politics.
The second part of the session (read more about what went on in the first part, and see pics here) addressed the question ‘where are all the women bloggers?’. Some of the points raised and issues aired in the lively discussion:
- there seemed to be a failure, by some male bloggers, to properly reference or acknowledge their discussion of topics raised by female bloggers.
- it was suggested that women - especially feminist bloggers – might be put off blogging by the nasty trolling that might occur.
- it was mentioned that sometimes women’s comments were ignored or not properly addressed in threads of some of the blogs.
- that feminist blogging is seen as separate from ‘mainstream’ political blogging was discussed as a problem.
- it was asked how men might engage with women bloggers, given the complaints of, on the one hand,giving insufficient attention to women’s or feminist’s bloggings from male political bloggers, and on the other, their alleged ‘hijacking’ of debates or comment threads (answer: respect required!). For more on this topic, see the post at the F word, here.
In the spirit of the discussion, and of drawing attention to women bloggers (and on the viral linkage, ourselves!), here are some left liberal blogs by women, that I discovered at the session. If you have such a blog, or know of others please do share the links in the comments!
- Penny red (left feminist commentary)
- Sadie’s Tavern (lefty politics)
- Angela Saini (commentary on news from journalist and science writer)
- Ariane sherine (‘Comment is Free’ writer’s own blog on recent news, writings, and more)
Also at the session, and on the women bloggsters scene:
( And for UK politics junkies, see this:
- Westmonster (comment from the corridors of parliament))
Updated: More from the comments-
Jeralyn Merritt and her main writers are lawyers; they are interested particularly in issues about criminal law and politics
This is a widely admired blog and well cited in the blogsphere.
I’ve heard from good sources that Digby is a woman. While not a feminist blog, its take on things is at least congenial to a feminist approach
Ambush predator (http://thylacosmilus.blogspot.com/)
(Updated from comments, thanks! Keep the links coming!)