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February 4, 2008
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Bloggies vs. Sex Blogs, Take Two

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.

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  • Isil says :

    Either they want to stay politically correct for their own bloggy sake, are just medieval or a lovely mix of both.

    I would also ask whether a Bloggie coming from that kind of mindset will be of any real value in the nearby future, if they eventually do accept the category.

  • Lux Alptraum says :

    Good call.

    Honestly, I’m not really interested in being a part of any club that doesn’t want me as a member. We probably wouldn’t see eye to eye on too much.

  • The Scoot says :

    It’s such a hard call to make, where information ends and titillation begins. Indeed, should prurience even be considered an exclusionary point?

    Of course, the creation of exclusively adult-oriented awards neither help or hurt, in my opinion. They show that there are indeed artistic and informative aspects to sexual blogs, writings, videos, and et cetera, but since they are also exclusively adult oriented, there is no sense or need for restraint.

    This argument will never truly be resolved, but one can hope that a measure of detente can be achieved in the coming years…

  • Being Amber Rhea » &hellip says :

    [...] Bloggies vs. Sex Blogs, Take Two (BOINKOLOGY: Insightful analysis of sex and culture.) “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.” (tags: assholes blogging blogs sex pinkghetto sexuality socialmedia) [...]

  • ledder says :

    80% of sexblogs don’t really contain anything educational, or insightful anyway. There are few that contain anything of note, or are written by credible writers who explore the negatives (as well as the positives). Everyone else (in the 80%) is biased and makes everything a sport. Not only this, there is no discussion if a sex blogger is only relating their perspective. Often they breach the ethical limit, and either write about people who are unaware they are being sexually analyzed, or are creating big porkies, and passing it off as sexual fact.

    Is there any value in sex blogs today? I don’t think there is.

  • Lux Alptraum says :

    Ledder:

    Change “sex blogs” to “blogs,” and what you’ve said could still be considered true. So what’s your point?

  • Being Amber Rhea » &hellip says :

    [...] I can’t say I’m surprised. We’ve been there before. I used to get really angry but mostly at this point I’m just sad and deflated, and how [...]

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