Biblioblogging: individual and structural issues
HEre's a kind of cover all post for some recent issues and apologies if I've ignored people but I have limited time here. On the biblioblogging question the issue of bloggers not personally excluding people has come up a couple of times. I have no doubt that individuals are entirely well meaning but there is a degree of exclusion and inclusion going on rather than simply 'just saying what I think'. Now let's be quite clear here this includes me too and it is inevitable, a criticism put to me and one I have no problem accepting. And this isn't necessarily bad or good in itself but it does show a degree of identity formation as Paul Nikkel keeps stressing. Now this does not mean that the label 'biblioblogger' ought to be abandoned but again it does begin the process of identity and who's in or out. More significant is the lack of female bloggers which is another structural problem (to use a term for convenience). Once again, I stress it is not that we have a bunch of sexist bigotbloggers - every blogger I have met and thoise I haven't but whose comments I've read would never exclude people knowingly. But for some reason, to emphasise the point again, there is a lack of female bibliobloggers. There are plenty of female bloggers outside biblioblogging so why has it affected biblioblogging? If it is not an individual issue (and it is not) then there has to be some kind of structural problem. A relative lack of women in biblical studies only partially answers the question because even that discipline isn't as male dominated as biblioblogging. So,if it isn't an individual problem, what is it?