When I wrote the post about the Stephen King and Ernest Cline books, I realized how unusual it is for me to read two books in a row by men. I DO read books by men, but I'll bet it's one book by a man for every ten to twenty by a woman---and most of the books by men are non-fiction. I identify so much more strongly with the female point of view, and sometimes I find the male point of view alienating and upsetting: I can end up feeling I was happier knowing LESS about how some of them see things. (WHAT IF THAT'S HOW PAUL SEES THINGS??)
It's even more extreme with blogs. With a book, the story might be more the point than the author; but with a blog, it's usually ALL person's-eye-view. I'm trying to think if I read even one single blog written by a man, and I don't think I do. (I do read two comic-strip blogs by men ((Bad Machinery and xkcd)), but that's different.) It's similar on Twitter, where I think I only follow one guy. Total. Everyone else is a girl, I'm pretty sure. It isn't a policy: it's that I check out a guy's blog or Twitter stream, and it fails to appeal to me enough for me to subscribe to it.
I know that back in my Single Days it was considered awfully cool and sexy for a hetero girl to claim to get along better with guys than with girls. I believe I said it myself, probably repeatedly, probably while flipping my hair, probably while hanging around with a group of guys and avoiding the girls. And I MEANT it, too! But that was full-on flirting/seeking when I did it, because it turns out that if there's no opportunity for a romantic relationship, I'd WAY rather talk to a woman. (If it's about romance, then I'm really more of a GUY'S girl. You know, not like those OTHER girls.) And even when I was single, I didn't read more books by men, and I don't think I would have read more blogs by men or identified more with the male point of view.
But I know this is not the way things are for ALL woman. (Not everyone is exactly the same! I am a brilliant statistician and observer of human nature!) I know there are MANY women who read pretty much only books by men, or follow just as many male bloggers as female bloggers, or whatever. So here's what I'm interested in knowing: Where are YOU on the spectrum? Are you in the market for a romantic relationship or not, and has that affected where you are on the spectrum? What proportion of the blogs you read are by women/men? What proportion of the Twitter accounts you follow are by women/men? What proportion of the books you read are by women/men (and are they woman's/man's-eye-view books, or more like non-fiction)?
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