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?