Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Pink Press Threat

Well well well. So it turns out that some members of the blogosphere seem to think that my blog template is too pink. Didn't see that one coming, no. What were the reasons behind this dislike, you may ask. From what I could tell, "too girly" and "too gay" were the main bones of contention, to both of which I reply, so what? Too gay, what are we, twelve? Tsk.

Let's have a look at some of the leading British lefty blogs, shall we? Then we'll see who's "gay".

(Also, please note that I am referring to/insulting style and layout only here, not actual content.)

  • Drink-Soaked Trotskyite Popinjays for WAR: Simple, clean design lines here, but above all, notice the holy trinity of a white background, black text and red header. This crops up a lot in lefty blogs.
  • Normblog: Dull as. No interesting header, barely any colour, and disturbingly, is stylistically not a million miles away from the website of the WTO.
  • Gauche: Making the word GAUCHE align left was a clever move, but the words "text-heavy" spring to mind, especially with no delineation between the sidebar and the main posts. Maybe some nice colour down the left-hand side would help space things out. Pink, perhaps? But hey, why end the tyranny of red, white and black?
  • Virtual Stoa: Red white and black, yet again! Still, at least there are photos. Of kittens. And that's not gay at all, is it.
  • Laban Tall: Of all the preset Blogger templates, the one used here has to be the worst. And yet ironically it seems to be one of the most popular. I can only assume it must be some sort of faux-punk DIY ethic, because I can't think of any other reason you'd want your blog to look like the example piece from "Intro to Blogging: Part One".
  • Eric the Unread: I have nothing bad to say about the design of this blog. It looks lovely. Sin é.
  • Harry's Place: *gasp* She can't diss Harry, can she? Be easy, people, Harry's crown remains firmly in place, both in terms of content and style. A splash of colour, a kick-ass (yes, kick-ass) Russian header font, groovy revolution-girl graphic AND smartly delineated links all work together to make HP the benchmark we all aspire to (-that's enough arse-licking. Ed.).

So there you have it: despite being exciting and worthy reads, most of the leading lefty blogs are as dull as dishwater stylistically. I choose to go a different route and make my blog bright and bold, and consequently unforgettable.


Well, mainly because I want to make it clear that it's a woman writing this blog. And while I'm normally the first person to point out that pink doesn't equal girly in every culture, etc, etc, the sad fact of the matter is that ageing left-wing media pundits of the type indicated above tend to be of the male variety and as such, often need fairly basic and unsubtle indicators in order for a point to sink in. Therefore, my blog is pink because I am female. And also, if I'm honest, because I take juvenile pleasure in the thought of said ageing pundits squirming uncomfortably in their seats as they read furtively, hoping no one will see them looking at something so damn gay.

Say it loud: I'm pink and I'm proud.


At August 24, 2005 4:23 pm, Blogger Deaglan said...

Well said!

At August 27, 2005 12:13 am, Blogger Paul Anderson said...

Sorry, I was drunk. I like pink a bit really.

At August 27, 2005 9:08 pm, Blogger Laban said...

I really can't be bothered with the template - it's all I can do to update the links on the sidebar.

This blog's pretty pink'n'fluffy too.

At August 27, 2005 9:13 pm, Blogger Laban said...

Hang on - lefty blogs ? I was born and brought up with the left - but I'm more of a born-again reactionary these days, since the Left stopped worrying about the British working class and went for the politics of race, gender and sexuality.

Pierre Poujade is now my political hero, though Ernest Bevin's still there.

At August 28, 2005 11:55 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1)I stood up for you, and we definitely won (didn't take much...he was a bit drunk to be fair).

2) response to WEIRD comment from 'Laban', I suppose gender, race and sexuality have nothing to do with the working class, then? I suppose no one working class might be black, gay and female? No of course not, because we all work down t' pit, and are blokes, and have wives that wash the soot off our backs in the bath. HELLLOOO? I'm afraid that's the kind of careless talk that is typical of the average champaigne lefty journalist. Either be thorough in your argument, or don't bother. I mean it...that was offensive and pretty stupid. Socialists are interested in more than wage increases...something like the right to choose abortion is of central concern to working class women more than anyone else, because they're the ones who suffer most when it's taken away. Nothing wrong with wanting roses as well as bread, Mr. Laban (I assume you're a bloke).

At August 28, 2005 2:17 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear god, I just realised how easy it is to go off on a rant via web comments/ discussion. Deepest apologies for the heavy-handedness of my previous comment. May have something to do with the fact that it is the bank holiday weekend, and I'm at work trying to meet a magazine deadline. I actually feel like punching someone, or smoking two packets of cigarettes (at least). Sorry! I'm off to buy some tobacco, now, and plan a campaign for a shorter working week for all.

At August 30, 2005 3:57 pm, Blogger Lady M said...

Paul: Apology accepted. :)

Laban: The honest truth is that I am not as regular a reader of your blog as I would like, and it was only after I took the time to read a few of your entries AFTER I posted this that I realised the error of my lumping you in with the others. My apologies!

"Anonymous": Give it to 'em straight, girl! I like your style.

At August 30, 2005 7:10 pm, Blogger Laban said...

That's OK - I hardly know which bit of the spectrum I'm on myself any more ... you could swap me for Mick Hartley who is of the Left and a fine blogger.

Anonymous - don't worry - I used to think like that too.

Actually, old chap, "working class women more than anyone else, because they're the ones who suffer most when it's taken away". Not true. Working class babies suffer just a teensy bit more.

Pip pip !

At August 31, 2005 10:59 am, Blogger hakmao said...

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At August 31, 2005 3:15 pm, Anonymous Lady F said...

Someone else has started being 'anonymous', so I shall have to start using a different name, in case someone else's stupid remarks get confused with mine. Yes, it's me, the one who apologised about going on a rant.

Oh, and by the way, feotuses are aborted, not babies. Medical fact. And I'm not a chap.


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