Do you think that men should be banned from attending BlogHer? Or are men an essential component to the entire blogging experience?
I’ve made it clear in previous posts that I think that men are a part of the woman blogger’s audience, and as such, our input and perspective does have some value. But I’m well aware that not everyone shares that opinion. Some people think that since women are a minority voice in many areas, personal blogging is their place to shine, and that providing men with any voice at BlogHer is taking away from that power. Some people just don’t want men involved at all because they don’t feel like they can be themselves unless they’re only around women.
Regardless of your perspective, men are going to attend. We will be there, and maybe we can set up a space to talk about the male presence and why you think it’s beneficial or not.
You may be aware that BlogHer offers a session track called “Room Of Your Own”, in which the community is invited to suggest topics and vote on the sessions that they want to see as part of the BlogHer agenda. And while TPTB at BlogHer don’t always listen to the community if it wants something counter to their desire, I’ve always felt that they can’t always ignore the loudest, squeakiest wheel.
And I want to be that wheel. I’ve suggested a ROYO called “Men at BlogHer: Do We Belong?” It’s designed to be a forum for those who are both pro- and con- male attendance – one place where we can talk about it civilly and see if there is any common ground.
If this is a topic that means something to you, I invite you to vote for it.
You have to be logged into BlogHer’s site first.
Then, go to the page for my ROYO and click “I would attend this session”. And, if you want, you can tweet it or share it on FB and get others to vote, too!
If you have an idea that you’d like to submit for a room of your own, that’s easy, too. Just go here and follow the instructions!
Thank you for your vote – hope to see you in San Diego!