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25 May 2007

Why is the male-dominated blogosphere so sexist?

It's about sexisnm and coalitions this week, as Owen discovers

By Owen Walker

Sexist blogging has reared its ugly head over the past couple of weeks. The chief recipient was Telegraph hack Melissa Kite after writing a blog on the Spectator website attacking the Tory blogosphere.

The responses she got were straight out of a builders handbook, as she divulged in her article on Sunday: “All I want to say is that a week ago I speculated about the shadow cabinet. Tory blogger-boys responded by speculating about whether they would like to sleep with me. The same people are online right now demanding that David Cameron change his policies. I now speculate that the Tory leader knows exactly what he is dealing with and will completely ignore them.”

On 18 Doughty Street, Shane Greer pontificates on the dark presence of sexism in the male-dominated blogosphere. He concludes: “The question then is this, what is it about the blogosphere that leads some men to act in a manner they would, presumably, never countenance in the real world?”

One of the people whose reaction to Melissa’s original article attracted vitriolic sexist comments was Iain Dale, who recently reopened the debate.

With the Westminster and Scottish leadership issues all sewn up, the Assembly negotiations are far from complete.

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The Lib Dems walked out of the expected ‘rainbow coalition’ negotiations on Wednesday night. Leading Welsh blogger and Lib Dem AM Peter Black to write: “What happened last night was a surprise. I fully expected to see the National Executive endorse the package and refer it to Conference. That they did not do so was something that nobody foresaw.” He then goes on to offer some insight into the Lib Dems reasons.

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While Bethan Jenkins, one of Plaid’s hardline Gang of Four, said: “The Lib dems have some serious issues to address- leadership being its main priority. I must say, having seen how the Lib dems have acted, a Rainbow coalition would have been far from stable from the outset. I don’t think Rhodri Morgan could stomach giving Mike German a Ministerial position, which is one of the reasons, (or the only reason?) why I believe that they are in this mess right now.”

In an amusing sketch paralleling the trials and tribulations of the negotiations with Goldie Locks and the Three Bears, Glyn Davies concludes: “At this point Hans Christian Andersen abandoned this fairy story as being so utterly preposterous and unbelievable that no-one would ever believe it or read it. So it was never published until today.”