I’m starting a post to ask a question that has been on my mind for some time now…
As an avid feministing reader I am continually grateful for all of the knowledge, experiences, and backgrounds that each of the editing and contributing staff bring to us every day. I can honestly say that my own life has been positively shaped by the bloggers here. Every blogger uses their own background and world-view to enhance our collective understanding of gender and prompt relevant discussions through the comment threads.
I also understand that women are typically underrepresented in many aspects of life that seek to define our culture. This blog recognizes that there is a gender disparity in our legal system, in traditional journalism, in theatre & film, and in the number of CEO’s nation wide (the list goes on…)
I was just curious as to why there aren’t ANY men on the regular Feministing editing/contributing team. I wholeheartedly believe that in order to have a generative discussion about gender, we need at least one person (which in my opinion should be the bare minimum) who identifies as male to have a voice. Yes, I understand that men have voices in so many other areas of our lives (even about women’s bodies, and women’s rights) but as feminists who believe in gender equality, this blog should not be the exception to the rule. We continue to argue for women/minority representation in other relevant discussions, and strangely have created a gender disparity within the Feministing walls.
I’m not suggesting that there be a male blogger to simply play devil’s advocate. I know there are many feminist men who would bring a balanced and genuine perspective to the wide range of Feministing readers.
Perhaps this post is unjustified and there is a rational reason behind why Feministing is lacking a prominent male blogger. Perhaps this topic has been addressed already. (Or perhaps there ARE male bloggers, and I missed the boat completely, in which case, I apologize.) I thought it would be, at the very least, fitting to spark some discussion on the topic.