Regular readers of Working Mums Australia will know that I’m not really active in the blogging community discussions that happen a lot on Twitter and Facebook.
WordPress (the host of this blog) continually reminds its bloggers to comment on other blogs and get active to get more traffic to your site, which is a really good idea, but my focus has always been to read the blogs I love and then write my own in the subject area of my choice. So people who come here know they will get info about being a working mum – and usually that’s it.
But please indulge me for one moment.
Today there’s been a bit of a fuss about a piece written by Sunday Life magazine about some of my favourite Australian women bloggers. It got many of the facts wrong, and the bloggers involved are rightfully ticked off.
It’s confirmed my view for a while that the media is generally pretty keen to denigrate bloggers, especially mummy bloggers. I think the reasons for doing so are a bit sexist, even when the journalist is a woman and possibly trying to do the right thing. Here’s my theory.
Society has always denigrated women’s conversations with each other. If they didn’t, the term ‘old wives’ tale’ wouldn’t be a phrase we use to describe something that science hasn’t proven, but keeps being shared among women as being true.
When women talk to each other, men get nervous. Anyone who’s ever had a chat with other women in a kitchen interrupted by a bloke coming in to get the BBQ tongs knows that.
Are these bloggers are experiencing part of the same phenonenon? The suspicion that something is going on, that women are gaining something from each other through talking and sharing with each other, and that this is somehow a problem?
I think so.
If you want to read a bit more about this controversy – and some of the excellent bloggers there are in Australia, I would recommend following the links below.
Apologies to followers who only want the working mums stuff – back on topic next post I promise!
Edenland. Scarily powerful. She was misrepresented today. This is her response.
Carly Findlay writes eloquently about why mummy bloggers should be valued.
Alexandra Wrote talks about why bloggers are real writers.