Friday, December 10, 2010

Nine ladies lurking

By now you've had ample time to observe how men behave toward each other on blogs, and as authors of blogs. So let's be frank, ladies, what are among the most annoying tendencies of men in an online setting?

Personally, I don't see any progress being made until we can talk to each other, no matter how esoteric or long-winded we can be on our own. Everytime a 30+ comment thread appears that's all dudes, I think: fuck.


Anonymous said...

Ha! I have the same reaction too when I see a comment thread full of dudely intellectual ejaculations. This post ( much sums it up for me, for being a Dusty Lady online is hard, especially if you don't want to discuss shoes and hair the whole time. God forbid we actually have opinions on things that don't involve genitalia or discussions of sexual preferences, as then we're dismissed away; because Ladies can't talk economics. Or science. Or logic that doesn't have to do with body image issues. Is it a wonder then Ladies tend to frequent other ladyblogs online?

Rachel said...

I used to pretend to be a man on most blog comment sections. A female handle even affects how seriously the trolls respond to me. Dripping condescension is the norm for men addressing women online or off, as well as paying only cursory attention to what I have to say in order to skip more quickly to the (apparently rewarding) lecturing me on the most basic principles of whatever I have been trying vainly to discuss from an assumed shared base of knowledge. The political orientation of said men makes little to no difference in this. Accordingly, I don't comment much anymore.

IOZ said...

I don't know, it all just feeds into my personal hypothesis that The Internet is, in fact, gay.

Beth E. said...

This pretty much says it all:

And thanks IOZ, you've made me feel pretty gay for posting this now!

JRB said...


I've thought long and hard about this and have decided that I would like to have a conversation with each of you about frogs and philosophy, among other subjects. Please email me directly if you are interested in participating in this new ladypoverty project.