Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A little soapbox time

So I have spent quite a few hours on the internet the last couple of days. I should have doing a whole slew of other things but whatev.

So I've been on the net and I've been reading all about a little thing called Blogher convention. For those of you who don't know (the whole 2 of you that read this blog) Blogher is an organization started by and ran by women bloggers. Every year they have a big 'ol party and all the women bloggers in all the land come together to network and learn. I've never been and I just really learned about it in the last few months. Sounds fantabulous no?

Apparently, not so much.

Like I said I've been reading a lot of blogs posts about it in the last couple of days and while I was thinking that it is something I might really enjoy now I think maybe not. I don't know. (And please don't start the "its-what-you-make-of-it" stuff. I TOTALLY agree with that.) I've just read so much complaining and gossip and plain meanness. I mean, lets be honest you get any amount of women together over the age of 10 and there's gonna be drama. At least at some point. And that's not to say we can't all get along but what I've been reading is that women are just feeding on the drama. A little post here is linked to a comment there that is linked to a blog here and on and on it goes.

I'm not one to go on and on about how oppressed we are as women. I'm of the opinion that we are only as oppressed as we think we are and we allow ourselves to be. That being said I believe we do have to fight harder sometimes to get a little farther or get a little more. That's why I think it is hugely important that any time we can come together as women to support each other and have each other's back we should do so. That's what I thought the Blogher convention would be all about. How disappointing to see that instead of women taking this time to build each other up they were too busy tearing each other down.

AGAIN, I am only writing in reference to what I read from those who have gone. I don't necessarily think that this will keep me from going ever. I think that to truly understand the dynamic I will have to attend at some point. But it just kind of saddened me to see these brilliant and funny women tearing each other down. And no I'm not going to link any posts or any blogs. I don't want to perpetuate the situation. I just wanted to jump on my little soapbox and give my opinion. And that's all I have to say about that.

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