Do men have an advantage over women in blogging?
To the question “Do men have an advantage over women in blogging?”, let me state straightaway that yes, men have an advantage over women in blogging.
“What?” you may scream.
Calm down. For my affirmation isn’t what you think.
For one thing, it’s pretty clear that men dominate the blogging world.
Okay, let’s Google “top bloggers” and check the results.
Most of the results show blogs.
So, I scrolled down to N° 5: “Top Bloggers You Need to Follow on Instagram in 2019 – Blogging.org
Below, you find the top 2 names are men. The majority also. Simply click here and check.
What more do you need to show that men have an advantage over women in blogging.
For the other results among the top 10 (and, I’m afraid, in the other pages too) the names are likely to be male!
It doesn’t matter how you search for top people in writing, the results are the same.
Even use a variation like “top writers” and these pictures say it all.
If you were doubtful, now you’re convinced that men have an advantage over women in writing and blogging.
Yet we shouldn’t forget that women have something worthwhile to say too in blogs.
Why then do men dominate the blogosphere?
The crux of the matter is, why do men dominate the blogging niche? Is it because they are male? In other words, are men better suited for blogging than women? Or do other factors help men to be at the top?
If you compare the writings of men and women, nothing shows that men write better than women. Women, with their intuition may even write more incisively. One other factor why women may write better than men is that they are closer to society (caretakers of couple’s children). Also, like the Greek who had time to philosophize because slaves worked for them, women were able to ponder over life as men relegated them to the kitchen.
Although men have been writing long before women did, there are a lot of great female writers around.
Why the disparity then?
It’s cultural and historical.
Historical factors why men have advantage over women in blogging
We know that in many fields of human endeavor, throughout history women have been held back by the male-dominated society.
Things have been changing since the Middle-Ages but some of the Dark Age mentality still lingers on.
With all the gains that women have made in reclaiming their rights, one would think male chauvinism has been relegated to the backwoods of history. But no!
Because of that it’s generally not easier even today for a woman to break through the stupidly artificial barrier and reach for the stars.
Stupidly artificial barrier?
When you keep the largest group of humanity in the background aren’t you losing the contribution of the majority?
If I may venture out of this discussion a little bit, can you imagine what the world of football and music (just to mention these two) would have been in the world today if African-Americans were still held in slavery in America?
Idem for women in terms of what they could contribute to human well-being and happiness.
Since the road had been cleared for men in all fields, isn’t it clear that when blogging came we will have more men than women as bloggers?
Even talking about male-domination of the blogosphere may be far-fetched.
Content like business leadership, entrepreneurship, productivity, etc. that consumed hungrily by a large number of people are largely written by men.
If I may use another analogy, children are known to migrate towards professions practiced by their parents. In the same way we will find more men going into those “male professions” and women into ones “reserved for women”.
That could be debatable in our theory that men have an advantage over women in blogging.
But you’d agree that in blogging we find women mainly in fashion and lifestyle, motherhood and family, and of course, work-from-home, among a few others.
Let’s look at the other big factor for this disparity.
Cultural factors why men have advantage over women in blogging
The first question which comes to mind is: Are women afraid to venture into the “male blogging field”?
Considering the numbers that seems to be the case but I doubt very much.
Do you know that culturally when men show off too much we are quick to forgive or accept excuses for it?
It’s as if only men are peafowls. This gives them confidence to take risks. So they jump quicker on any new profession that shows up.
Since the early bird catches the worm, it’s no wonder they dominate the blogging business.
On the other hand we hardly forgive a woman who tries to come on too strong.
Worse, when such women are divorced or a single mother, they are reminded of it. It’s their domineering attitude which led to the breakup. It’s as if men have never been guilty of it. Or that a woman should go on accepting injustice with fortitude.
Does it mean that society expects women to be as shy as a turtle hiding within it’s shell?
I think it would be safe to say that our culture conditions us to pay more sympathetic attention when men speak up and get mean when women do so.
The unpreparedness of society—rather, the male-dominated society—to accept women breaking out of their molds is not a recent phenomenon.
Let’s just look at the writing field, since that’s what we’re talking about here.
Many famous female writers in history have had to hide their real identity under male pseudonyms or even unisex ones to have their works accepted by society.
A recent example is J. K. Rowlings of Harry Potter fame. Joanne Rowling “rolling” born 31 July 1965, writing under the pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith. Source
Here below are some women who wrote under male pseudonyms.
Final thoughts: Is blogging cut out for men, or, do women also have a chance?
From the above, we say affirm that there is nothing in blogging which stands up against women. What is barring them from showing their strength and be on their mettle is society.
That being the case, is there room for more women in the blogosphere?
But on condition that they will keep pushing as they did to win universal suffrage, the right to abortion and other cocoons that the chauvinistic society wrapped them into.
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