(From time to time I open up the blog to a guest post. Here is a guest post from Elidet.)
Is Digg Sexist? That is the question that has never crossed my mind since I started diggin’. And honestly – from what I’ve seen so far, the answer is no.
For those who don’t live on the internet, Digg.com is a social bookmarking and news sharing site where users submit content they think others might find interesting, and diggers digg it or bury it based on interest.
For full disclosure, I’m a girl who loves digg. I share what I like and digg what I like. If I don’t like it, well, that’s why there’s the bury option. Unless I missed the whiny option, which is what whiner writer Jen Nedeau points out in her article about how sexist digg is.
She was whining about how her article about the top moments in feminism of 2008 only received 180 diggs in two days, and this must have been due to the male dominated area that is digg.
She doesn’t mention how her list sucked or anything. No, her list should have made front page because she made a list.
She also doesn’t mention how her article was submitted by a guy……from Texas.
Diggers tend to make friends with other diggers who enjoy the same topics, and I doubt this guy from Texas had a strong female following who enjoyed discussing feminism.
Not only did she act like a stereotypical girl, she is giving me, a female digger, a bad name. Digg is not sexist. Even I buried her article list for being lame.
On her list about feminism, she listed Sen. Hilary Clinton as number two in the movement, and right below, she listed Gov. Sarah Palin as third.
What a backhanded compliment that list was. She claims Palin is a strong female for working in politics and raising 5 kids. She forgot to mention that one of them got knocked up by some self proclaimed red-neck. And how can you admire a female who took 6 years to finish a four year degree in journalism and compare her right below someone like Sen. Clinton, who lived politics most of her adult life?
The most insulting on the list for the feminist movement was her pick of Sex & the City and how she said it was used as a platform for a voter drive. If someone needs to watch a movie about using sex to register to vote, do we really want them voting? I certainly don’t want morons voting. Do you?
Her list itself probably sent women back to the stone ages more than anything digg does. I buried it. Yes, I’m a girl and I believe in civil rights and equal rights, but when you claim to be all about feminism and then sit back and whine about digg, that itself is anti-feminism. Feminism was meant as a way to be treated equally, and if you want to play with the boys, then you have to play how boys play.
It’s like wanting to be on the boys wrestling team and then saying you want everyone to wear pink because you’re a girl. Sorry. You have to man up!
Sure, there have been times when I’ve commented on digg, when other diggers have referred to me as “he” or a single guy who lives in my mother’s basement playing video games. That does not mean they are sexist, that just means they thought I was a guy. I don’t take it personal. I do that often myself. I assume most of them are guys. I enjoy giving my opinions and being dugg, or even buried based on the content of my comment and not on my gender.
What I don’t do on digg is bitch and complain about how digg is being sexist, because that would be, well, you know, typical of a woman.
I’m not typical. I’m better than typical. I am smart. I am not a whiner. I got through life as a minority not complaining about what a minority I am. I also got through life as a girl not complaining how it sucks to be a girl, because it doesn’t.
If you are to make a silly list about feminism and list Obama as number one, then learn from him and stop bringing attention to what a whiny girl you are. Obama didn’t sit back and complain and bring attention to how black he was or wasn’t. I’ve never felt threatened by males on digg. Quite the opposite. Some have been quite pleasantly surprised that I am a girl.
I don’t need to tell diggers that I’m a girl in order for me to get a digg on digg. Heck, I don’t even need to show my boobs to get a digg on my comment. How awesome is that?
If I deserve a digg, digg it. If not, bury it. But I won’t write a whiny article complaining on why I didn’t make front page.
Look, I’m not mean. From woman to woman, I made a few revisions to your list, Jen, and I think that it will get to the front page next time. Check it out.
Now, go make me a sammich!
-elidet is a 29-year-old grrrl from port hueneme (US) who joined Digg on November 30th, 2007.