Apparently we’re not the only ones who are annoyed that, eight years in, the Bloggies still refuse to recognize sex blogs as a valid, award-worthy category. Both Tiny Nibbles and The Blog Herald have pieces questioning the rationale behind excluding sex blogs from the party — we can only hope that the public outcry will cause the Bloggies to sit up and take notice.
Also: we can’t help but notice that whenever the topic of sexuality blogs comes up for discussion, the genre gets talked about as though it were exclusively made up of blogs featuring naked pictures and wank material. We like wank material as much as the next person (by which we mean: a lot), but we bristle at the suggestion that discussion of sexuality is solely limited to titillation. What about the sexual health blogs? The dating and romance blogs? The sex and culture blogs — like, say, the one you’re reading right now?
Perhaps it’s this limited view of sexuality that has led to the ghettoization of the genre in the first place. After all, it’s easier to exclude discussion of sexuality if you assume that the category is, by definition, prurient. It’s still a stupid move, in our book (we think quality porn blogs deserve Bloggies, too), but if you assume that blogs about sex are necessarily X-rated — well, it’s easier to say you’re excluding them from your family-friendly party because you need to keep things clean.