So, Law.com conducted a cursory review of the legal blogosphere and, in a recent article, concluded that there weren't a lot of women bloggers.
The author named a few well-traveled blawgs authored by men, mostly law profs, and then concluded that there just aren't a lot of us women out there blogging--at least not about important ol' legal stuff.
Hogwash. Women lawyers blog.
Some of us blog about substantive legal issues (New York Federal Criminal Practice, TalkLeft, Sui Generis, California Estate Planning blog, Massachusetts Estaate Planning and Elder Law, Pennsylvania Fiduciary Litigation, Indiana Law Blog) .
For a long list of women blawgers, head on over to BlogHer's Law Blog list. The list above is certainly not all inclusive, so feel free to add your own woman-authored blawg in the comments to this post.
We blog. You're just asking the wrong people about it.
I agree 100% with Scott Greenfield at Simple Justice when he states:
I'm beginning to see part of Holland's problem. She is stuck in the BigBlawg frame of reference, meaning those handful of blawgs that make it onto the radar of clueless people who know squat about blawging.
That being said, when it comes to substantive legal blogging, the lack of women blawgers is, I believe, explained by the fact that women generally talk less in groups. Walk into any law school class and you'll find that the male students dominate at least 70% of the discussion on average.
Walk into any elementary school classroom--you'll see the same thing. Junior High is worse, high school is not much better, although things tend to improve a bit in college.
There's a reason for this--our cultural norms indicate that a desirable trait for women is to be soft spoken and gentle.
By way of example, my 6 year-old daughter came home from school the other day and told me that whenever they learn about a new letter, they watch a short video. And, all the letters are "boys" except for the vowels--all 5 of them. And, the kicker--she told me that her teacher said that the "girl" letters are hard to hear, but they're very special because you can't make a word without them. (Sounds kind of like the ol' refrain from most fundamental religions that women play a very important role by "supporting" the men in the background).
So, from a young age, they learn that our culture expects certain things from girls--not the least of which is playing a quietly supportive background role while the boys handle the front end of things.
Sure, as we grow and learn, we make our own decisions about how we choose to carry ourselves in the world, but the lessons learned at a young age are not easily forgotten or ignored.
So, I'm not surprised that some women are hesitant to put themselves "out there" when it comes to substantive blawgs. They learned a long time ago that that's just not what "good" women do.
But that's ok. Women blawg on our own terms about subjects that interest us. We do blog. We are out there and you can hear our voices, if you just choose to listen.