Cuz It’s A Man’s World…………
I would like to say a word about sex, and in particular, the gender disparity in the Biblioblog Top 50 that JK Gayle has been blogging about. I cannot speak for all bibliobloggers but there are a few of us who care about the lives of the rest of the %50 of humanity’s population that goes unnoticed in the blogosphere when it comes to theological and biblical studies. Now, I remember when this issue came up in 2009, April DeConick was labelled a man-hating angry feminist as some of us just dismissed all too easy her request to even change how the stats take place (another day, another time).
So, I am starting an online campaign. It was the best I could come up with. This post will appear on three separate blogs. Perhaps women in seminaries or PhD students or famous authors of books that are popular will choose to join the Bibliobloggers. I hope they do. So here it is:
AN OPEN LETTER TO WOMEN WHO BLOG, WHO ARE IN SEMINARY/GRAD SCHOOL OR WHO JUST CARE ABOUT RELIGION,
To whom it may concern,
If you are a woman and are interested in theology, the Bible, religious studies, or anything related, no matter what the religious background, I invite you to consider joining the Biblioblogger community. It is quite easy to join us; all you have to do is:
“If you have a biblical studies or related blog which you wish to be added to the list, please email the URL, blog name, and blogger’s name to ntwrong[at]gmail.com.”
The Biblioblog rankings are just for fun, and there is no monetary prize, only bragging rights and noteriety, but here is how they are measured:
“The Biblioblog Top 50 records the top 50 biblical studies blogs (“biblioblogs”) each month, according to the rankings provided by Alexa. The rankings, like all site statistics, are not exact, but provide a reasonable indication of relative popularity among biblioblogs. Alexa only provides rankings for stand-alone blogs, or blogs hosted on the main providers (e.g. wordpress, blogspot, etc). The Biblioblog Top 50 is administered by Jeremy Thompson.
A second measure of top biblioblogs, the Bibliobloggers Top 10 is based on votes received from bibliobloggers. Bibliobloggers may email their personal ranking of the top 10 biblioblogs (or top 1, 2, 3, etc.) to bibliobloggerstop10[at]yahoo.com. Please include in your email a link to your blog. Each vote for 1st place will earn that blog 10 points. 2nd place earns 9 points, and on to 1 point for 10th place. The Bibliobloggers Top 10 is administered by Daniel O. McClellan.”
For more information, please visit the BIBLIOBLOG TOP 50 WEBSITE.
There are a couple of bloggers that I know who are interested in having women as contributors and authors.
Joel Watts is searching for a regular contributor at UNSETTLED CHRISTIANITY; CURRENTLY, all of his writers are male. He would like that to change, and I know this through our email and text message exchanges.
Craig Falvo has an excellent blog, Simul Justus Et Peccator: Musings of a Lutheran In Exile. Craig is a progressive ECLA minister and wouldn’t it be just grand to have a moderate Reformed blog to counter the people who will go unnamed.
You do not have to be a professional biblical scholar, a pastor, or grad student to start a bible blog. Not every post has to be on the bible or religion at all. James McGrath, for example, talks about Science fiction a lot, and there are bibliobloggers that post on their families, their day at church, or just anything random that comes to mind.
If you have any more questions, just let me know in the comment section here or Political Jesus, where I co-blog with Chad and Amanda.
- March’s Biblioblogger Rankings – 2011 (thechurchofjesuschrist.us)
- The Centralization of Biblioblog Rankings for 2011 (thechurchofjesuschrist.us)