Sunday, May 29, 2005

Where are all the male bloggers?

Yes, it's a sad thing, in a world populated by the likes of Alice Marshall, Julie Saltman, Barbara O'Brien, Anne Zook, Susie Madrak, MadKane, Jeralyn Merritt, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Jeanne D'Arc, Gail Davis, Elayne Riggs, Deborah White, Roxanne Cooper, Trish Wilson, Riverbend, and anyone else I forgot to mention (and of course Echidne and myself), the boys get lost in the shuffle.

Some might say this is only to be expected, given that girls show a better facility for language than boys do from the earliest days of schooling onward through adulthood.

Others might recall that old adage that girls mature earlier than boys - it has been suggested that half the male population is dead before they have reached the age at which they mature.

And then there's the old saying, "I'd rather be beautiful than smart, because men can see better than they can think."

Of course, I don't happen to subscribe to any of these theories, and I feel it's important to point out that there are good male bloggers who should be given some credit for their plucky attempts to compete with the big girls. Here are a few:

The Rude Pundit, who makes no attempt to hide his passion in response to the horrors of our warmongering police state. Willing to face up to the worst the world has to offer, one gets the feeling that this might be one of the few men who is not so over-sensitive that he must flee the room as soon as women start talking about serious things like menstruation.

The Poor Man, whose acute fashion sense led him to understand the ramificatons of the fact that Michael Moore is Fat.

Michael Bérubé, who really knows how to throw a catfight with David Horowitz.

Fred Clark, who sensitively examines the deep literary content of the Left Behind series for us.

Joe Vecchio, who's not afraid to expose his own worries about the modern, low-rent world we live in.

Gary Farber, who gets great links.

Dave Johnson, who is pretty smart for a boy.

Digby, who writes so good he has been mistaken for a girl.