September 05, 2006
keeping blog drag and spin phobia off the web
Ann Althouse touches on the touchy issue of whether bloggers -- especially female bloggers -- should avoid trivial matters. Citing a post from Feminist Law Professors expressing grave concerns over how things male bloggers in drag affect "the image of serious female bloggers everywhere," Althouse counters with concerns of her own:
This dread of triviality, does it hurt? I wonder if Belle has considered whether this grim, censorious, humorless -- nay, humor-phobic -- attitude helps women. I know you want to be taken seriously, but being so intent on being taken seriously is one of the main things that make people want to mock you. And not just you, but feminism.(Via Glenn Reynolds.)
As to blogging in drag, I don't know. I've never done it. (Right now I'm worried about whether Coco should.) But I do know that blogging can be a drag.
I don't mean to make fun of humorless feminists who are offended by men who blog in drag. Because I am not a woman, the Law of Identity Politics make it impermissible for me to judge feminist thoughts about men in drag, whether blogging or not. However, I do think it's fair for me to say that if female bloggers pretended to be men, I would not be offended in the least. Being a man, it is of course my right not to be offended by things which might tend to degrade "image of male bloggers everywhere," and if the Law of Identity Politics works in reverse, no woman can dare criticize my thoughts on such serious issues of concern to all men.
While this is very serious and I wish I had time for one of my long and philosophical posts, I've been more preoccupied with other manly things like long overdue housecleaning, and I wanted to ask readers for help identifying this very large (2 inch diameter) spider which has taken up residence on my back porch:
No, seriously. I'm not gonna sit around eating my curds and whey.
posted by Eric on 09.05.06 at 06:25 PM
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