A couple of months ago, an American robin, Turdus migratorius, made it across the Atlantic. News reports showed a long row of birdwatchers, waiting, with the utmost patience, by a garden wall in Peckham, London. Almost all of them were men. I wondered, at the time, if this – minus binoculars – is what a reception party of bloggers would look like. Now, thanks to the drafters of the Euston Manifesto, a pub-born project that has just launched as a real-life political alliance, the question has been answered. It is, indeed, what a reception party of bloggers would look like.
She goes on to laugh at people (men, she says) for having the audacity to discuss bikes, music and pretty much anything they enjoy. This is the attitude of the bully: let’s make fun of anybody with a passion. Ophelia is unimpressed, too.
The whole article is just sneering from on high. She makes some claim about the entire political blogosphere being full of unenlightened women-haters, then descends into this:
Will their virtual men’s room succeed in annexing the Guardian’s weblog? So far, the signs are positive. One candidate in the current competition for an official blogger’s role on Comment is free, who calls himself “mr pikebishop”, has offered a curiously ruddy-faced photograph for use as a picture byline to accompany his first contribution, about freedom of speech. This was pointed out. “I was a bit flushed in that photo … hehe,” responded the author. Such, presumably, is the sought-after democratisation of debate.
Which, as far as I can tell, makes no sense at all.
You know what? Don’t bother reading it. You have better things to do. Also, birds are great.