January 11, 2010, - 2:22 pm

HUH? Women’s Mag Cites Schlussel Among Top Blogs for ’10

By Debbie Schlussel

I learned the other day that the editors of WE Magazine for Women named DebbieSchlussel.com as one of its “101 Women Bloggers to Watch in 2010.”  I have no idea how or why they picked me or what the criteria were.  And I have a feeling the views expressed on this site do not jibe with the goals of WE Magazine.


Normally, I don’t like to win “women’s” awards because I feel they are feminist affirmative action prizes for the undeserving who can’t compete with men and need to rely on gender.  This blog breaks stories and makes news regardless of gender and doesn’t use sex/gender as a reason for anything.  And the traffic figures and demographics of this site show it is popular among all strata and genders, regardless of the gender of the person who writes it (me).   Also, my view is that this site has been breaking news, being cited all over the mainstream media, and having effects on businesses, movies, politics, political races, and countries since it became a full-time blog in 2005 and before then when it was not.  This was a site to watch from 2001-2009 . . . and in 2010, too.

Still, to whoever recognized us, thanks.  And to my many male readers, don’t let the chick stuff scare you off.  As a men’s rights advocate, I try to ignore it (but for this brief mention).

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18 Responses

Congratulations Debbie. Keep hammering.

JLin on January 11, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Mazel tov!!

BobKatz on January 11, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Debbie you are my favorite blog site. Your site is not just news and politics but also lifestyle and culture. You add your personal touch that makes it not just news. Free Republic, Drudge, Peter Schiff and Alan Keyes are my other favorites. Keep up the great work!!!

CaliforniaScreaming on January 11, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Ms. Magazine did name you Enemy #1 in 2001, and you felt honored. Nine years later, you were honored by a women’s magazine. In fact you’re the only female conservative I see on the list. So congratulations.

Matthew on January 11, 2010 at 3:42 pm

“This was a site to watch from 2001-2009 . . . and in 2010, too”
Debbie, it will probably be a site to watch in years to come if you plan to continue with it (which I and thousands [maybe even millions] of yor readers hope)!

Matthew on January 11, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Always late to the party, so now they know what the rest of us do, one of the best blogs for any year, irrespective of sex.

mark hammond on January 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Still good that you were cited. You are one of the few conservative blogs not limited to the Republican National Committee talking points.

Little Al on January 11, 2010 at 5:47 pm

First Pamela Geller now you!
What happened? Was there a coup d’état during my ‘Coma’?

AM: Not sure what you mean. DS

Alexander Münch on January 11, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Nothing serious! Just my clumsy way to express my satisfaction after seeing something done professionally!

100%!!! (OK?)


Alexander Münch on January 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Congrats…. You are on the list because while your blog site is very very good and informative, you pen some fantastic articles, been reading you for years. I know I personally have passed your site on to friends and family out of state. I told them it is the best way to keep up with the news of the bomber on the airline. I let them know you are the one to go to for current information about the upcoming civilian trial for the terrorist and your legal expertise is perfect.

sharon on January 11, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Congratulations, Debbie.

JeffE on January 11, 2010 at 10:03 pm

We love you. You are our #1


Darlene on January 11, 2010 at 11:19 pm

ha! we’re watchin’ you! mazel tov!

david on January 12, 2010 at 1:42 am


Your site was mentioned BECAUSE of the niche you dominate and the fact that you are a great communicator. WE magazine is not like typical magazine sites, because we are not a NEWS site, we tend to stray from controversy, however I have a lot of respect for what you do and stand for and am really delighted you did not take offense to being listed in a “women’s” magazine.

Wishing you much continued success. Blog on!

Heidi Richards Mooney, Publisher
WE magazine for women (and read by men too)

Heidi Richards Mooney on January 12, 2010 at 10:28 am

Well, congrats to Debbie…. I have never read nor even heard of WE magazine (& what does Mooney’s words above “stray from controversy” really mean?). Whatever WE’s rationale was, I agree that praise for Debbie Schlussel is appropriate. She is a great writer, a brave investigator, and a lovely, decent person.

Cat K on January 12, 2010 at 10:50 am

This is late but…

A few years ago in a graduate school seminar some one asked why men ignore feminism, and I immediately raised my hand to answer that men consider feminism a non-issue because the movement is dominated by lesbians who took it over from normal women. My question is how come normal women don’t fight back against the vast lesbian conspiracy of which Hillary Clinton is a part of?

James Just on January 12, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Wow, this is way later and no one will read it, but I’m gonna respond to that just for the hell of it. I wish we could actually have a discussion about it because I almost think it would be interesting, but I have a feeling you’ll just write me off as a lesbian or something – which is unfortunate.

Feminism – to me – is the idea that women should have the same rights as men, no less and no more. I don’t hate men. But I think really rigid, typical gender roles are harmful to everyone. For a specific example: men are generally taught that expressing emotion is for pansies. The only emotion that it’s really acceptable for a guy to express is anger. So, if a man is upset – anger. If a man is grieving – anger. If a man feels rejected – anger. Which often, though not always, leads to violence.

Now, are all men violent? Absolutely not. Are all men unable to comfortably express anger? No. But I think that a lot of men who ARE violent, are that way because they’ve got issues that they’re told to just “man up” and deal with and that’s the only way they know how to express themselves. I don’t mean that I want a bunch of grown men crying in the supermarket because they forgot the grocery list, but I think a man should be able to ask for help without feeling like a fag. It’s just an example of a way that really rigid gender roles are damaging to men, women, relationships, children.

So, to answer your original question. I don’t know what all of this lesbian conspiracy you’re worried about is. But I know that the ideal, itself, is that men and women can help each other reach full potential, lead healthy lives and raise healthy kids without being constricted by backwards ideas about what they can or can’t do.

The funny/ironic part of all this? Is that I am pretty sure that at least some part of the outrage over this blog – and why WE honored it – is because Debbie is a woman who speaks her mind unapologetically. I mean, there are a million things to be offended by here, but when it’s a woman getting in your face about why you’re wrong, there is some deep dark part of people that thinks she needs to learn her place. And that goes for the left wing as well as the right. Think of all the dissenting commenters who mention Debbie’s appearance on this blog as an argument tactic; no one comments on, like, Chris Matthews’ website saying “His opinions don’t matter, he’s a fat pig anyway,” or other juvenile things. It’s a tricky, insidious business, and it’s everywhere.

hellcat on June 29, 2010 at 2:37 pm

This is late but I am glad you wede recognized,you do write some great stuff and I am here devouring it s content past and present,congrats Debbie,your honesty and consistency makes your articles worth reading,keep it up Debbie.

Juan on February 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm

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