“Taking A Man’s Name Opened Up A New World:” Why A Blogger Hid Her Gender

Gender assumptions still abound, even in the blogosphere.

Anne North of Jezebel.com writes:

Blogger James Chartrand came out today as a woman — and her experiences reveal that the blogosphere, and the job market in general, aren’t as egalitarian as some people claim.

James — she’s still going by the pseudonym, hasn’t revealed her real name, and that’s not her in the pic — says she started blogging to help support her kids during a tough financial time. She began using a male pen name one day simply to distance a project from her still-struggling business, and, she writes, “jobs became easier to get.” She continues,

Taking a man’s name opened up a new world. It helped me earn double and triple the income of my true name, with the same work and service.

No hassles. Higher acceptance. And gratifying respect for my talents and round-the-clock work ethic.

Business opportunities fell into my lap. People asked for my advice, and they thanked me for it, too.

Did I quit promoting my own name? Hell yeah.

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