I’ve been tinkering with The He/ She Ratio on Google Blogoscoped.
A site’s he/ she ratio is measured by counting the number of pages on the domain containing the word “he”, then searching for the number containing “she”, and then looking at the two numbers in comparison.
Here are a few figures.
We’re running at 44/56 on Hoyden About Town.
33/67 on sisterhood-and-solidarity.blogspot.com
36/64 on thefword.org.uk
36/64 on susoz.typepad.com
37/63 on allgirlarmy.org
38/62 on nopod.blogspot.com
43/57 on feministlawprofs.law.sc.edu
44/56 on womensspace.wordpress.com
48/52 on iblamethepatriarchy.com
48/52 on brownfemipower.com
48/52 on sarsaparillablog.net
50/50 on pavlovblog.blogspot.com
52/48 on feministallies.blogspot.com
53/47 on bitchphd.blogspot.com
54/46 on castironbalcony.media2.org
54/46 on pandagon.net
59/41 on larvatusprodeo.net
63/37 on shakesville.com
64/36 on dailykos.com
76/24 on boingboing.net/
Political Parties – Australia
48/52 on quiverfull.com (a good example of a near-even he/she ratio not
indicating a feminist outlook)
55/45 on uua.org
58/42 on jewish.com
62/38 on atheists.org
66/34 on christianitytoday.com
71/29 on csmonitor.com and catholic.org
72/28 on infidels.org
Hobbies ‘n’ Stuff
18/82 on knitty.com
21/79 on wnba.com
24/76 on craftzine.com
28/72 on allcrafts.net
56/44 on slashfood.com
63/37 on ipl.org
63/37 on bookcrossing.com
71/29 on itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/
78/22 on slashdot.org
88/12 on eurosport.com
89/11 on sciencemag.org
90/10 on engadget.com/
93/7 on espn.go.com
95/5 on gamespot.com
97/3 on nfl.com
One last one:
70/30. On google.com.
My list is Australia/US/UK centric. And there are heaps of other biases, because most of the topics and all of the blogs are hoiked out of my RSS subs. This Is Not A Random Sample. However, I haven’t made any effort to be selective or cherry-pick to fiddle the numbers. If the site didn’t spring to mind spontaneously or pop up in my NetNewsWire eyescan, I searched google for the most obvious keyword, and looked for a .org or an association-looking thingy as close to the top of the results as possible.
The most striking overall result, of course, is the massive He-skewing on pretty much every site that doesn’t specifically have feminism, women’s bodies or traditionally women’s work as its focus. (And I’m rather amazed that some of the sites that _do_ have women’s bodies as their focus still have a He-predominance. What’s up with that?) And then there’s the fact that no-one seems to have noticed, let alone questioned, the fact that “He” always comes first in the construction “He/She”.
I’m sure there’s plenty of artifact in there; for example, One Nation’s ratio may be heavily influenced by the Hanson Effect. Bitch PhD’s may be skewed because she often talks about PK, her son.
But for some, like the other political parties, I’m thinking that the ratios may have something very real to say. And I’m ashamed of the Australian major parties – a higher he/she ratio than the GOP? Sheesh. And what’s with infidels.org?
Someone smarter than I might be able to make a fancy graph out of all of this. At the original site, of course, the results bar is Windex blue and bladder-haemorrhage pink.
[Hat tip to Elizabeth.]
[Yes, some of the listed sites don’t have html links. This is not an accident. On that, I’m unapologetically biased.]