I’m Going to Wade Right in: Why do we Need BlogHer?

If you pay attention to the Daily Post on WordPress, you saw a couple of posts regarding BlogHer, the convention/meeting for women bloggers.  Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a bunch of women who are bloggers getting together to trade tips, techniques, and stories, but I fail to see why there is a crying need for a specifically female bloggers support group.  In case you hadn’t noticed, women are generally recognized to be more verbal than men, scoring higher on all measures of verbal facility from the time they can talk.  Since the rise of Feminism in the late 1960’s, the narrative has been that, as a group, women have been oppressed, exploited, and discriminated-against.  There are special laws dictating more-severe penalties applied to crimes against women than crimes against men.  Women’s health issues are considered to be much more important than men’s health issues.  Women get special treatment in many areas of daily life.   Special efforts are made to encourage women to choose careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields, and other “non-traditional” occupations like construction and auto assembly.  Young women are inculcated with the belief that they should go to college, have a career, and aim for the executive suite.

Since the late 1970’s, women have made up nearly 60% of college students.  Right now, women make up 47.2% of law school students, 51.5% of management, professional, and related positions, and a total of 46.9% of the labor force.  Women have been elbowing aside the men for decades, and now comprise 14.6% of corporate executives, and hold 16.9% of corporate board seats.  For all intents and purposes, women are the equal of men in everything they undertake.

So women are NOT downtrodden, exploited, or excluded from any activity in which they wish to engage, and maybe we should just celebrate ALL bloggers, not just the women.  As a woman, I do not want, or need any kind of special treatment.  I don’t join any exclusively-female groups, since I like the company of men, too.  I am a BLOGGER, not a Woman Blogger.