And just in case the reference in the title escapes you—which would make you a film philistine—here it is….wait for it….
While recently celebrating the commenters on my blog, Laura Blankenship made a very simple observation, from which a fascinating conversation emerged. Why are all your top commenters men? And however I might try and chalk it up to my header imagesor an aestheticizing of S&M, truth be toId, I immediately flinched when I saw Laura’s comment. For I too noticed this immediately when I pulled the totals, and however I might try and spin it, the fact remains that the testosterone level on the bava is pretty high—which is one of it’s many strengths 🙂
And while Laura suggested that it might be because there is a lot of detailed WPMu tech write-ups. But I’m not sure this is the case because, oddly enough, the most consistent fans of these posts are Andrea_R (the top female commenter on the bava—you rock Andrea), Martha, Esther and Michelle—all of whom are solid WPMu developers and doing amazing things in their respective businesses and universities.
So, in fact, the technical WPMu posts seem to bring in more consistent female commenters than the nostalgia, film, and other topics that run far afield of EdTech, but remain nearest and dearest to me.
I really don’t understand why, but I think Laura is right when she asked how many women bloggers so you read, comment on, and linkback to regularly? And while I do follow a number of women bloggers, the number is far smaller than the number of male bloggers I follow and comment on. But, hope springs eternal, and this is something I can work on. I just need to become more Stephen Downes-like in my blog reading. So, in short, I want to thank Laura for calling me out so tactfully, yet importantly. And I want to honor the “The Women of the Bava” with a Top 10 list of their own. You’ll notice there are far more than 10 on this list because when the numbers start to get less insane the overlapping number of commenters is far more common. Might this speak to the fact that women indulge in the web more moderately than my crack-baby male commenters? I just don’t know.
The Women of the Bava, a Top 10
1. Andrea_R 27 comments
2. Shannon 16 comments
3. Martha 14 comments
4. Sue F 12 comments
5. Barbara Sawhill 11 comments
5. Lucychilli 11 comments
6. Laura Blankenship 10
6. Leslie M-B 10
7. Esther 8 comments
8. Jen 8 coments
8. Mary-Kathryn 8 comments
8. Serena 8 comments
9. Michelle 5 comments
9. Allison 4 comments
9. Keira 4 comments
10. Susan Carter Morgan 3 comments
Now, if all of you comment on this post, we may go a long way towards eradicating this nefarious inequality on the bava, at least until someone calls me on the race, class, and ethnicity of bava commenters…God damn it!!!