The Cambridge political Twitterverse witnessed a sharp difference of opinion over the weekend as local blogger Richard Taylor was accused of being “a mysogynist” by former city councillor Clare Blair. Here is Richard’s side of the story.
Richard has chronicled Cambridge political life in great detail in recent years, and it’s fair to say that he is generally critical of Lib Dem councillors – but is he more critical of women than men? Google can’t (yet) tell me this, but it can tell me how often he writes about them. I looked at the number of hits on his website for each of the city councillors active in the three years up to the last local elections in May. I should declare here that I’m a former Lib Dem activist, and I don’t always agree with Richard. However, I’m not trying to make a particular case here; I’m just presenting some data.
So, does Richard write more often about female than male councillors? Not according to this data; on average, each male councillor had 155 hits, and each female councillor had 146. However, he certainly does write more about some than others. Here is the graph; make of it what you will!
The data is a little rough and ready; for most councillors I just searched for their surname, but for names like Smith and Brown I searched for “Cllr (surname)” and “(firstname) (surname)”. Also Richard isn’t entirely consistent in his spelling of surnames such as Rosenstiel.