Wednesday, 31 July 2013

DISCUSSION: Why are there more female book bloggers than male book bloggers?


Today a conversation on Twitter popped up in my feed talking about how there are way more female book bloggers than male ones. And I found myself agreeing, because the only boy book blogger I know of is Jack from The Book Stop. ....Where are the others? Hello? *looks under table* *looks behind bookcase* *peers out of the window* Where are you?

It got me thinking. Why are there more female book bloggers than male book bloggers? I thought of a few reasons:

  • Up until around the 1960s, women would generally stay at home whilst the men would go out and work. That was just the done thing. I know that was a long time ago now, but I'm wondering if that way of life is still hardwired into our brains but deep under the surface? We're here blogging, whilst the boys are out doing other stuff.

  • Another reason I thought of is that book blogging does seem kind of feminine. I don't know how, it just does! Also, I hardly ever see boys reading, but I always see girls clutching books or having a quick read at the bus stop when I'm out and about. 

Did you know that on average in the United Kingdom, only 52% of boys read books for enjoyment compared to a massive 73% of girls? In Austria, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, less than 40% of boys read for enjoyment. Another fact for you - girls read fiction more than boys, but boys are more likely to read newspapers, comic books and magazines.

Why do you think there are more female book bloggers than male book bloggers? 

21 comments:

  1. Very interesting post Amber! And I agree, I think book blogging does sound a little bit more feminine. xx
    Erika x @ www.theredbookmark.wordpress.com

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  2. Awesome discussion, Amber! You stole my idea .... *wields axe* But I forgive you ;)

    There NEEDS to be more boy book bloggers! I only know of two and I only talk to one of them (*waves to Jack*). I agree that the book blogging is quite feminine, but I'm not girly at all and I still do it. I guess the reason is that all the boys my own age are at that stage at being "too cool to do anything" which is really annoying. Of course, there are some awesome ones - *waves to Jack again* - and I still talk to boys about books at school. But the statistics you shared didn't surprise me :/ *sighs*

    Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Thanks Zoe! Aw I didn't mean to, I didn't know you were going to do a post like this :(

      I agree, we need more boy book bloggers! I'm not very girly either (even though my blog is pink. I guess it doesn't really reflect my personality.) Oh yeah, most boys are like 'u do stuff in ur spare time wtf wat u doin m8' haha, it is annoying.

      I know, the statistics are depressing. :/

      Thanks for your comment!

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  3. I agree! There are so many female book bloggers. Hardly any Male ones. The only boys in the blogosphere I know are Jack (The Book Stop), Andrew (The Pewter Wolf) and Jim (Ya Yeah Yeah). Shocking percentages, too, about boys and girls reading for enjoyment!
    ALso, publishers seem to be run by females much more. Out of around eight publishers I've emailed, I have never contacted a male publisher dude!

    -Georgia x

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    1. I hadn't even thought about that aspect but yes, I hardly ever see male publishers! There is Ian at Bloomsbury but that's all I can think of. :/

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  4. Great post Amber! And I agree that a lot of boys perhaps dont think its cool enough to blog about books? Even tho they may be amazing at computer things! We definitely need some more boys around. And yea I think about 80% of publishing is run by females. Not that Im complaining, as a lot of publishers are absolutely lovely. However, I love reading YA books from a male perspective, and I think its the same with blogs. More boys please!

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  5. I think that because women are both more likely to socialize as well as more likely to read proficiently, that they're more likely to blog about reading. Plus, the genres that most bloggers seem to be into are heavily geared towards women: paranormal romance, historical fiction, contemporary, YA, and romance.

    There seems to be much less thriller, mystery, and horror bloggers out there, which are the genres that attract more men typically.

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    1. I see where you're coming from but I don't think genres that other bloggers like should affect bloggers starting a book blog.
      I agree with the last thing you said though, there do seem to be less of those genres.

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    2. I said that about genre's too, I subscribe to a couple classic sci-fi book blogs. ALL DUDES. And me and 3 boys (no really, I think one kid is 11) all go around and comment on each other's X-men posts on new comic book day. They are out there, but if that's not what you're looking for you might not find it. (& yes, I said comic books are books) :)

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  6. Great post. I would assume female, but have seen a few males out there. I am a new follower. Check me out at www.bsreviewers.blogspot.com

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  7. I have pondered this myself. Whenever I see a male book blogger I get really excited and want to follow them right away!!
    Angie
    Angela's Anxious Life

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  8. I love this post, Amber! This is a brilliant discussion topic! I think it's the fact reading is seen as a more feminine pass-time. It shouldn't be - but it is. I see more girls enjoying or talking about books than boys: it always pleases me when I end up having a conversation about books with one of the boys in my form.

    I also think that girls see all of the gorgeously designed blogs, and how organised it is. That they see the friendship us bloggers have and they want to join in. Boys don't have that as they're are only a handful out there! I only know Jack! But, he always has such an interesting view on books!

    -Sophie:)

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    1. I completely agree with you. There aren't enough boy bloggers out there to encourage more boy bloggers, if that makes sense! Thanks for your comment, Sophie. :)

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  9. I know of some male book bloggers, but you are right, it's a very low percentage. But movie and comic book review sites I read are more often men (I do all 3 on my blog, which is kinda sorta a book blog mostly). It might be the circles we're in too, if "we" (you, me, they) are reviewing YA and paranormal fantasy... that's more often a female thing to do, but how many book blogs are "we" looking at that review hard sci-fi or horror? (this is still kind of a stereotype, I will also review any of those) But there's probably more men around theres.

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  10. I know of some male book bloggers, but it is a really low percentage. Although, the movie review and comic book review sites I read are almost always men (I do all three on my blog, which is probably mostly a book blog). It might just have to do with the blogs "we" are reading though, if you're reading blogs that are paranormal romance or YA, that's typically (or stereotypically) more female. Where as the majority of hard scifi and horror book blogs are probably more often written by males... but if you are't interested in that you wouldn't be reading it, so it would look like all women.

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    1. Oh poop, this did post the first time. Ignore one of these. :P

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  11. Just reading this post and wondering - Do you know any more now?

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