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Monday, October 1, 2007

Slog Survey: Do You Read and/or Comment on Our Political Posts? Are You a Man or a Woman?

posted by on October 1 at 10:55 AM

This web column from The New York Times brings up something I’ve been wondering about.

We know that women slightly outnumber men online. But at least anecdotally, it seems as if more men are on the political blogs, writing specifically about politics, reading about politics and putting in their two cents in the comments sections.

I’ve been wondering what the gender balance is among the people reading and/or commenting on the Slog’s political posts. Let’s see if we can shed some light on the matter with our handy Slog polling gizmo. Ready?

Answer this question only if you regularly read and/or comment on Slog’s political posts: Are you a man or a woman?

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I read and/or comment on your political posts *and* am a man and/or a woman!

Posted by NapoleonXIV | October 1, 2007 11:00 AM

Wooo! Men! MEN! MEN!

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 1, 2007 11:01 AM

Ha, I knew that was coming, NapoleonXIV. For the sake of clarity, I'm sticking with traditional gender identities for this poll.

Posted by Eli Sanders | October 1, 2007 11:03 AM

Oh, let's face it, Slog is a gay boy's playground. Girls are welcome, but we pretty much hog the dance floor.

Posted by Providence | October 1, 2007 11:07 AM


Oh. I see. We don't matter.

Posted by Transpissed | October 1, 2007 11:12 AM

You'll never win, Eli.

Posted by tsm | October 1, 2007 11:15 AM

I read and post on political posts. However, you are right, Eli. Politics is a male-dominated field. More men run, more men vote, more men set the framework for debate. In short, men participate more.

However, when it comes to the grunt work of campaign managing or poll-working, the field seems to be at least half women or even more. They are the "Little Old Ladies" who run the polls all the way to the college students who run local campaigns and set up the events.

Posted by Little Old Lady | October 1, 2007 11:15 AM

I comment occasionally, but I don't participate in conversations on blogs because they inevitably turn nasty and completely non-productive.

I discuss politics in real life a lot, however, and am informed greatly in those discussions by blogs.

Posted by exelizabeth | October 1, 2007 11:27 AM

(sniff under armpit) "he he... I smell like a man... he he... he he..."

Posted by JMR | October 1, 2007 11:28 AM

This means nothing without another poll that asks "What's your sex regardless of whether you read/comment on political posts?"

Posted by john | October 1, 2007 11:47 AM

Sometimes it seems like there are way more transgendered people posting on the political posts than one would expect.

Why is that?

Sex? Yes, thank you!

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 1, 2007 12:00 PM

Eli, John @ 10 makes a good point.

What's the Slog M/F breakdown?

Posted by arduous | October 1, 2007 12:03 PM

I suspect that a poll is supposed to display here, but where the poll should be I see the Stranger's restaurant & event listing box. Other polls have worked for me... care to fix this?

Posted by Exile in West Seattle | October 1, 2007 12:04 PM

I can't believe I resisted the urge to participate in this poll. I guess that's a sign of maturity.

Posted by Amelia | October 1, 2007 12:06 PM

@12: Don't know the answer to that question, but I agree, it's an interesting one.

@13: Quit your browser and reopen. That should do the trick. If it doesn't, shut down and restart.

Posted by Eli Sanders | October 1, 2007 12:07 PM

My gf hates politics because they make her feel hopeless, and hates commenting on the interwebs because of social anxiety. So here I am repping my gender, and there she be, not so much.
Just glad I'm not single and trying to pick up chicks with my witty online banter. Total sausage fest.

Posted by christopher | October 1, 2007 12:38 PM

How about a poll that asks whether your name is "Will in Seattle," "keshmeshi," "Gitai," or "Napolean XIV"?

Posted by Echo Chamber | October 1, 2007 12:42 PM

My answer to that one would be: Yes!

Posted by NapoleonXIV | October 1, 2007 2:08 PM

I'm a lady and I lurk. I'm a lurking lady. I read some of the political stuff but I don't post.

Posted by whore | October 1, 2007 2:15 PM

Where's Fnarf?

Posted by Chris in Tampa | October 1, 2007 2:35 PM

Women who lurk and the men who love them

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 1, 2007 3:02 PM

Fnarf is a man, but Fnarf has been on vacation away from Slog.

Posted by Fnarf | October 1, 2007 3:23 PM

That's because Fnarf is not what Mr. Miyagi would call loyal.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 1, 2007 3:29 PM

Women should be seen, and not heard. More photos of women in political Slog posts, please!

Posted by not Mudede | October 1, 2007 4:10 PM

I've always been in favor of treason.

Posted by Fnarf | October 1, 2007 4:25 PM

Wow, 500+ readers on Slog in a day, and that's just the ones who selected to vote.

Posted by Lake | October 1, 2007 5:30 PM


My God...Syphon Filter!

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 1, 2007 7:24 PM

I read daily, but don't comment.

One reason: if I let myself, I'd soon be wasting all my time rebutting the various senseless (and especially various sexist comments) from fellow sloggers. Wasting, yes, because I'm too short on time as it is and I've found through practice that the people who make those comments aren't often the kind capable of parsing arguments contrary to their views.

Posted by jabberwockgirl | October 1, 2007 8:08 PM

i bet all the women that read and comment rolled their eyes when it came time to poll, and that's why our showing sucks. come on girls.

Posted by kim | October 1, 2007 9:41 PM

@28 - That's what she said!

Posted by Chris in Tampa | October 2, 2007 1:16 AM

males are trained to assert and solve

females, not so much

we comment on politics and answer polls - neither good or bad just socialization stuff

gay top men - playing out the best boys in the world thing might be the most assertive and best problem solvers in the world

Posted by earl | October 2, 2007 1:21 AM


Speak for yourself, buddy. Some of us "boys" are straight - and being in the +40 year-old demo, I hardly think the term "boy" can still be applied to us in any case.

Posted by COMTE | October 2, 2007 3:21 PM

I am a woman, and read the Slog at least every day. Sometimes I check it five times a day if I'm bored at work (aka often). I have never made a comment before, but I tend to almost never comment on the Internet. I sure do love reading it, though, and I have two female friends who feel the same. They've never posted a comment either--I asked. Does it matter? A good blog is a good blog is a good blog....

Posted by Lj | October 3, 2007 8:30 AM

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