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NY Times Coverage of BlogHer Conference…Concrete or Condescending?

July 28, 2008

The New York Times covered the recent BlogHer Conference with the following introduction: "For two days last week, many of the men’s bathrooms at the Westin St. Francis Hotel here were turned into women’s bathrooms. The stalls on the second floor were lined with note cards featuring nurturing messages like “You are perfect.” Nearby, women were being dusted with blush and eye shadow, or having the kinks in their necks massaged. There was a lactation room, child care, and onesies for sale emblazoned with the words “my mom is blogging this.” No doubt they were. We found a scathing commentary about the article (which I won't include because of the expletives) pointing out the placement of the piece was in the Fashion/Style section as opposed to the Technology section, and that the article took on an "oh-the-blogging-mommies-are-so-cute" tone." The author/journalist who wrote the piece, Kara Jesella, is best known for her book praising the 90's magazine Sassy for its empowering gender politics. What do you think? Was the New York Times' coverage of the BlogHer Conference concrete or condescending?