1. A comparison of woman : male ratios in the top OpEd journals with the woman : male ratios in the top Biblioblogs.
|theopedproject.org VS, biblioblogtop50.wordpress.com|
2. A couple of related posts and comments.
There's a new comment at the post where, as Rod puts it, "April DeConick was labelled a man-hating angry feminist as some of us just dismissed all too easy her request to even change how the stats take place (another day, another time)." The commenter self-identifies as a woman by name and says:
I don't know about the Alexa ratings, but for those lists that exist because someone nominates a blog or requests that their own blog be listed-- if this is being perceived as a "boys club" (whether accurately or otherwise), some women may simply not be trying, or may not be interested in trying, to get in. Why try if the deck is already stacked against you? (Even if that's just a perception, it could be affecting the ratings.)There's a new post at The Biblioblog Top 50 blog. We can imagine, from the "us"-vs.-"them" and the "we"-vs.-"you" language, that the writer of the post is a man (and not one of those women bloggers of the Bible). He is ostensibly speaking on behalf of the top men blogging the Bible. He's taking a stab at humor, is saying "Now accepting women!" and is playing on "April" DeConick's name. His final sentences are as follows:
We will also oppose those forces of systemic gender inequality that exist to marginalize (but not in a victimy way, ok, April) women in academia and in academic biblical studies. In solidarity with all those who are othered by the hegemonic centre, we call on all bibliobloggers to discontinue blogging about those institutions which defend the status quo, such as the Bible, the political system, the churches, biblical studies, and the Biblical Archaeology Review - until such time as the system crumbles and falls! Ok?So is the deck stacked against women who are bibliobloggers? Who is really interested in joining this Top Club now? Are "we" men now joining "women in academia and in academic biblical studies" in opposing "systemic gender inequality"? Is our equal strategy really "to discontinue blogging about" any given or particular topic? Is that what this man thinks women want? Yes, I know. Get serious now. This guy (who doesn't need to identify his sex or even to use his name) is just funny and really only just wants a laugh. So lighten up. Ok?
3. A comment on the title of this post.
The title of my posts can also be humorous. I'm following Anne Carson's lead here; she writes that insightful and funny essay, "The Gender of Sound." She has not, it seems, done anything to discontinue writing "about those institutions which defend the status quo." She does, in fact, write about the bible, the political system, and translator bias, and gender bias, and Aristotle, and so on and so forth.