Digby revealed – “How can you not be angry?”

The mysterious and talented Digby has been revealed.

“How can you not be angry?” she says at the Take Back America conference.

A big thank you to Digby for your amazing words and research in a time they are so needed. You are truly one of the best of us. Now back to work.

–WKW

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15 responses to “Digby revealed – “How can you not be angry?”

  1. Melissa McEwan

    Thank Jebus she’s finally come out of the closet! If I had to read one more time how brilliant “he” is, my head would have exploded.

  2. If I had to read one more time how brilliant “he” is, my head would have exploded.

    Digby’s writing, if I can be excused for stereotyping, just isn’t “male” writing. It’s a certain je ne sais quoi, well, the closest I can come to explaining it is that her writing reminds me of the biblical book of Hebrews, which is the only New Testament book that isn’t attributed either internally or traditionally to anyone. Some people suggest that’s because it was originally a sermon preached by one of the Church’s early female leaders.

    Digby’s writing has a sophistication of thought, intricate prose and gentle yet quite firm exhortation to keep the faith, as it were, that I see more often from female writers than male.

    Sorry to be sexist. By the way, Digby has been “outed” as a woman and a real human being, but not her name. I’m interested in that, if only to continue my quest to pass as an “insider” of the progressive blogosphere.

  3. nightshift66

    Well, Digby did take great pains for a long time to conceal her gender, so I don’t see anything more than default language at work in calling her ‘him’ until now.

    And frankly, now that her appearance is public, it is a matter of hours until someone ‘outs’ her actual name and address.

  4. Well, Digby did take great pains for a long time to conceal her gender, so I don’t see anything more than default language at work in calling her ‘him’ until now.

    Well, that’s the problem with the “default language,” now, isn’t it?

    Sorry to be so sarcastic – I just finished reading a bunch of comments over there, and I’m feeling rather irritated.

    I don’t know which annoys me more: the male commenters going “Whoa! She’s a GIRL, dude!” as if no female person could ever write the way Digby does, as if the possibility never, ever even entered their heads – or the female commenters weeping tears of joy that she’s now “out” and has revealed that yay, whoo-hoo, us girls can be smart political bloggers too! (ignoring all the legions already out there)

    Her gender isn’t an issue on her blog, and it really irritates me that it’s now become as much – or perhaps even more, for some – an issue as the things that she says and how she says them. Geez.

  5. Soul

    Digby’s words were right on! God, I’ll never forget when this whole shit storm started to rain back in 1998! The fact that Digby is female is old news to me. I especially loved it when a ‘wingnut’ would try to take her down and would use the word ‘he’ in the argument (funny!). Please let’s try to listen to what SHE had to say instead of talking about her ‘her-ness’.

  6. Angelos

    Until I found out a year ago, I assumed male because Digby just “sounds” like a male pseudonym to me, plus the picture of a guy…

    I wouldn’t presume to assume gender based on style, I’m not that perceptive sometimes.

  7. I don’t think that the misconception was merely about using ‘he’ as a default. The name ‘Digby’ is mainly used for males when it is used as a first name.

  8. nightshift66

    Rana,
    I’ve read Digby for quite a while now, and honestly never thought about anything except the arguments and ideas being propounded there. Unless I’ve met someone in person, I don’t particularly think about their sex/gender/appearance from their written words. In that respect, I truly love the Internet; you aren’t distracted by my appearance, nor I by yours. It’s just words and concepts. Obviously, the situation is different here because sex and gender are the ideas being propounded.

    I certainly didn’t mean to defend anyone who makes a big deal about her being female one way or the other. All I meant was that the use of the masculine pronoun is the default of the language and that using the masculine, without more, is not enough to hang someone.

  9. Come on Rana, you know if you ain’t got them sweet bits danglin tween your legs ain’t nobody gonna take you serious. Get used to it!

    What a load of shit! As if whether you sit down or stand up when you pee makes any damn difference. YOU DON’T DO IT WITH YOUR HEAD! Why the hell would any of us be here if that were true? So all of a sudden it’s terribly important that she is a woman. Not what she says but what she sits on when she is saying it.

    GROW THE FUCK UP AMERICA!

    Here in Spain, the land where they invented Macho, the most valued politician in the country as per a recent poll is the Vice President. A woman! Here we have women sports casters covering such MALE sports as FI racing, Motorbike racing and even, Feinting couch please, the holiest of holies, FOOTBALL! (Soccer to you infidels across the pond.) And all this due to the simple fact that the government has made equality of sexes one of it’s priorities.

    And oddly enough, as far as I can determine, no one has died from it yet. SO GET USED TO IT!

  10. Melissa McEwan

    The fact that Digby is female is old news to me.

    And me.

    Well, that’s the problem with the “default language,” now, isn’t it?

    Indeed.

  11. It’s a great speech. Digby’s long been one of the best analysts and writers on the web or anywhere. She should have a column instead of some of the dips like Richard Cohen who do.

    As I’ve written elsewhere (including her blog), her characteristic wit comes across beautifully in her delivery. She offers a great history of the liberal blogosphere, a wry rebuttal of its critics, an on-target critique of the media and tremendous inspiration, all in a very short amount of time. If I want to bring anyone up to speed about what liberal blogging is about, why I blog (and also why I read and link Digby’s work all the time!), I think I’ll just link this video. It says it all so eloquently.

    I sincerely hope that sacrificing some of her privacy won’t cause her too much turmoil. Her writing has always been insightful and superb, but this speech was exciting, inspiring, and much appreciated. Brava! Thank you, Digby.

  12. katecontinued

    I, for one, would like just one post, one day to delight in the fact that this respected writer is a woman. So, I would like to say to anyone who would take this joy from me, STFU.

    The Big Boy Blogs – there is imbalance and it is hateful to pretend it is all equal. All of this translates into issues of money and malice. For me, one post, one day – we are allowed.

    It is delicious good news to those of us who suspected, but we never saw digby before. I loved her speech. WKW, you picked a great quote and a provocative title – nice.

    neener, neener, neener.

  13. I certainly didn’t mean to defend anyone who makes a big deal about her being female one way or the other.

    nightshift66, I know you didn’t. I’m sorry if that wasn’t clear. :/

    Rather, I was pointing out my irritation with the very notion of “default” gender – yeah, there’s a ton of historical precedent for using “he” when you don’t know the gender of the individual, but, as a member of the “nondefault” gender, it gets old.

    And, as we can see here, it leads to all sorts of erroneous assumptions about political blogging, and who does it, and why.

  14. Rottweiler

    A brilliant, spot-on speech by Digby…..made me proud to be a progressive blogger. I will forever miss Molly Ivins, but I am finding some consolation lately in Bill Moyers and Digby.

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