I’m supposed to be off-line this week, as the PunditMom family takes a break at the beach. But sometimes the New York Times can get me a little riled up.
Sunday, the NYT ran a story about the BlogHer conference. SCORE! Right?
Well, not exactly. Because, yet again, the MSM has run a story about women bloggers that tries to put us into a niche that doesn’t fit. I’m looking for a little respect as a blogger, but I think I’m in the same boat that Rodney Dangerfield found himself in so often — not a lot of respect.
In Blogging’s Glass Ceiling, the Times took a look at one of the largest women’s conferences in the nation. The bad news is that the intro talks about ladies’ rooms and lactation spaces. Yes, it’s nice to have those, but we’re about a lot more than that.
And saying that we are just channeling Katie Couric about not being taken as seriously like the The Daily Kos? Well, we’re not and I’ve been saying that for a long time, even before I met Katie Couric.
Why? Because it’s true. So many women who write blogs get labeled in a dismissive way as “mommy bloggers.” And while it sure would be nice for some more of us to make a few dollars from this writing, as the major sites do, that’s not why we’re out here.
Women’s voices are so sorely missing from the sphere of opinion writing, that we’re just looking for opportunities to get our thoughts and opinions out there. The bad news is that there are MSM outlets looking to exploit our eagerness to raise the volume on what we’re saying, thinking they can get it for next to nothing (or even nothing).
The next step to turn away from our inner Rodney Dangerfields is to demand the same kind of respect for our writing as so many men do. And, for better or worse, in our culture, that respect is usually shown by cold, hard cash.
As you may know, I’m not getting rich here at PunditMom, but a little respect from traditional news outlets — either in how they write about us or how they pay us for content — would be a giant leap for blogger-kind.