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a stephanie This is interesting. I wonder what she would have to say about Goodreads, which I believe is a majority female audience site. Even if a lot of that is driven by YA and romance, even readers of those genres will tend to rate and review classics as well as other diverse fare.

Did you read Lean In? Wondering how the prose and use of research compares.


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Holly Though Bloom didn't mention Goodreads specifically, I can't imagine that she wouldn't be in support of such a community. Just the exposure to diverse people with ideas and contradictory opinions is so much more challenging and character-building than watching reality TV, following celebrities, and worrying about one's looks! ... Haven't read Lean In, but I may get to it yet.


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a stephanie Holly wrote: "Just the exposure to diverse people with ideas and contradictory opinions is so much more challenging and character-building than watching reality TV, following celebrities, and worrying about one's looks!"

I love that Goodreads seems to be a place where everyone, but especially a lot of young women still in school, are valued and are able to build a platform and following based on wit and sharpness of writing and the ability to provide insight into a book.

A lot of the places where this has been true of the internet to date, even sites I love like Wikipedia, Reddit, and Quora, I honestly haven't felt 100% comfortable contributing, I think partly because I'm a woman who doesn't work in tech. The cultures of these sites are male and/or geek-dominated, whereas on the few occasions where Goodreads has found Reddit-like controversy, it's been some highly visible female voices at the center.


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Holly I don't really use any other social networking sites than this and Facebook, but I'm not too surprised about the tenor of the sites. Aside: I recently decided to "de-link" my GR and FB accounts. I rarely post anything substantial on Facebook and my far-flung acquaintances and relatives were only seeing the books I was reading. I'd assumed that'd be a sufficient FB presence and elicit a few conversations, but I mostly hear "Gosh you read a lot" and "Don't you do anything but read?" (well, of course, but I don't photograph all of it for mobile uploads!). At least on GR people understand, it's in context.


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