Another issue which requires a more immediate response is the conversation on why there are so few female bibliobloggers. First, April Deconick brought up the issue here, here and here. There are several posts about this topic on the Biblioblog Top 50 here, here and here. And then we have this voice, which I find hard to believe but you need to know its there. And finally back to Julie Clawson.
Now here is where April's thoughts coincide with my own,
- I have been lamenting this for a long time, but now I am becoming angry about it. I have taught on the subject of women and the bible for fifteen years, and yet it is now as I write about the subject that the hundreds of years of suppression, the hundreds of years of divine sanction for male authority and domination, the hundreds of years of women's often willing silence is rolling over me. At times is is hard for me to write because my feelings of pain are so strong.
What I am trying to say is that in order to get the 7%l the Biblioblogs Top 50 is casting a wider net for women. I am not saying that these other blogs don't count, but it is still a wider net for the female bloggers than for male bloggers.
I am not going to complain that I am ignored - far from it. However, I don't want to read the kind of unuseful stuff going around about how women don't blog because they like to do other more important things and because they aren't as geeky and so on and so forth. Because women do blog.
The difficult part of this is that something is wrong - terribly wrong. But at the same time, we are individuals, the male bloggers are all indiviuals, and so are the female bloggers. We don't all have the same viewpoint on this. So this is going to be hard to talk about.
Without presuming to present myself as talking for other women, this is the simplest way I can explain how it feels for me.
As an ex-complementarian in the bibliosphere, I feel like an ex-slave at a gathering of people from the slave-owner class. Imagine that some of these people are slave owners, and some are abolitionists. However, imagine a third group, a group from this class that want the ex-slave to act as if bth slavery and abolition are equally valid points of view which can be legitimately derived from the Bible and therefore both deserve equal respect.
The analogy is not perfect but it is the best I can do at the moment.