Will Howells has meme tagged me to come up with some nominations for the Gender Balance Awards. This, I was shocked to discover, isn't about honouring hermaphrodites that blog (Gender Balance... they've got it as they have both male and female genitals. No? Fine, you try writing something witty after gaining three stone in four days) but rather honouring these wee little ladies that have both the ability to type and are doing so online... Presumably after their men have set up their internet connection and installed the necessary software that their women's tiny brains simply can't comprehend. I'm happy to patronise women, it is, after all, so bloody easy to do.
Best Blog by a Woman Lib Dem nominations
Lynne Featherstone. As far as I'm aware she was one of the first MPs to start blogging (in 2005, continuing the site she started in 2003 whilst a London Assembly member, please correct me if I'm utterly wrong). It shows immense courage on her part to keep this site running when other MPs were not putting themselves out there in quite the same way. I hope she keeps it up for a long time yet.
Best Blog post by a Woman Lib Dem nominations
Um.... When I read blog post, I generally don't note the gender. Anyone else have this "problem"?
Best Blog by a Woman Non-Lib Dem nominations
Caroline Hunt... Maybe she just has the same geeky tendancies as I do. Maggie Bob, because she's a friend, a bit camp and it's a good way to keep up to date without actually talking to her. I look in on Rebecca Cottrell's blog for the same reason.
Three living women who should blog
Well, first up it has to be
Benizar Bhutto Princess Diana JK Rowling. She's got a kind of demi-blog on her website, but it would be good to see a fully fledged diary section. Margaret Thatcher in her declining years would probably be worth a laugh. And finally... Lizzie Cook. Ok, nobody knows who she is, I realise that, but my second year Land Law teacher rocks and deserves her own regular space on the web.
I tag... No-one! The Gender Balance Awards is a bunch of patronising bollocks designed to cure a problem that doesn't exist. There are no historical or actual roadblocks stopping women from blogging and to launch a whole awards for them reveals the deeply offensive and chauvinistic attitude of those running the scheme.