There a lot of comment out there lately about sexism in permalinking It seems to have begun (my apologies in advance for any errors in reconstructing) with a post by Dawn Olsen, itself in response to an email. I became aware of the situation through a post by Susanna of Cut on the Bias. Meryl Yourish has several comments of her own and a pretty good roundup of related postings.
I took a look at my own blogroll. The first thing I realized is it sadly needs updating; it hardly reflects all the blogs I try to visit frequently. Here's the tally as best as I can determine:
- Male bloggers: 11
- Female bloggers: 13
- Group blogs (FARK, MeFi, etc.): 5
- Non-gender-specific/anonymous blogs (Hey, I assume Demosthenes is male, but I don't know): 2
I'm pleased to see that female bloggers are pretty well represented on my blogroll, it seems.
Update: The WaPo's Media Notes column today identified the Bull Moose by name, so it moves from the anonymous to the male column. And Alas, a Blog (who should be among my permalinked males
but isn't, yet and now is) has a great post on how blogrolls aren't exactly a meritocracy (although I do link Body and Soul).