Looking at the five weblogs I recently recommended, you’d have to say that they seem to reinforce the widely held view that men are happier with the big picture, the public domain, while women are more interested in exploring the smaller world around them, the personal world. One looks in vain for descriptions of the homes, loves, or daily routines of the authors of walk this way, frisko dude, or, for that matter, torn and frayed. Likewise, tsunamis, national politics, or the price of oil are not the primary concern of the bee box, gigi goes gaga, or pinay expat.
A staunch feminist might conclude that this demonstrates that male webloggers use their blogs to satisfy their master of the universe cravings. A chauvinist might argue that it proves what he has said all along, women are happiest in the home.
Perhaps it just shows that men are happiest when analysing more abstract analytical issues and that, for better or worse, they seem less inclined to question their position in the cosmos. And of course the best women bloggers do not simply describe their love affairs (or lack of them), household chores, or kids; they use them to examine wider truths about the human condition.
[There are plenty of exceptions to my little rule. The leading political blog in the Philippines, the sassy lawyer, is written by a woman. No doubt there are blogs written by men that open up the male psyche for inspection, though off the bat I can’t think of one. Can you?]