Sex Ed Blogger Violet Blue to Start TWaT, the All-Girl Tech Podcast?

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When sex/tech blogger and educator Violet Blue was listed on the Forbes list of web celebs, she didn't expect to be publicly shit-talked by another finalist, who dismissed her as "some porn person."

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That person was Leo Laporte, known for his polarized and biting rants on everything from Zune to Gizmodo amidst iPhone rumors. The comment was mentioned in the only tech podcast with a combined clubhouse age of over 150-years, TWiT. That's "This Week in Tech", the irreverent podcast where Laporte pretends he's Napoleon.

Violet, of course, isn't just a sex blogger. She's been written about in the WSJ, has authored Wired articles, and is columnist in the San Francisco Chronicle. Yesterday, she used her superior mainstream press ammo to address TWiT on SFgate.com, where she defended herself aptly. Her column was relatively politically correct, per the publication's standards. The real counter — and threat — comes from her uncensored personal blog, even if she doesn't recognize it as such.

So, fuck those guys. It's time for a new tech podcast — let's start This Week About Tech (TWaT)

The joke to launch a competing, all-girl, podcast run by Blue should worry Laporte. Blue doesn't just write about sex. She knows tech, too, having been associated with the monster bot engineers over at Survival Research Lab for 10+ years, and lectures at Universities repping the EFF. Which do you think would be more successful in the long term? A tech podcast with the youthful Violet and company breathing life and charm into tech stories, or Laporte's weekly recap filled with hyperbole, and abrasive, outdated, good old boy attitudes?

My biased take: TWaT could reach the younger demographics of tech readers that don't feel like learning about the subject from someone who reminds them of their crazy grandfather.

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UPDATE: Violet writes to tell us that Leo has apologized, and we are glad to hear of the gentlemanly gesture.

My apologies - I did, in fact, confuse Violet Blue, podcaster, with Violet Blue, the porn star. Having taken Patrick's advice and done a little research I now see my mistake. I am sorry if I have offended Ms. Blue, please accept my apologies.

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Good job doing the right thing, Leo!
V is for Vendetta [Violet Blue]

Disclaimer: Althought I don't know Violet Blue personally, she writes for sister site Fleshbot. Also, I've taken a disliking to Laporte since I apologized to him personally by email, which he responded to by reading it on air with much mockery. After that, I lost much respect for the guy. These are my biases. That aside, I stand by my facts and analysis.

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DISCUSSION

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joshrholloway

You know, I really respect Violet Blue a lot, but her tirade is a real low blow. Look, she acknowledged it herself - TWiT is a bunch of old guys. I'm sure VB has some readers/listeners in that demographic, but as a whole I don't think the TWiT guys really have much use for what she has to say. All of them except Robert Heron are married and at least in their 40s. They're not her audience, and she really shouldn't care that they don't "get" her. Move on and stop whining - just like Leo should've done about the iPhone thing.

It would be different if they said something like, "Well she doesn't deserve to be on the list." But that's not at all what they did. There's so many "professional" bloggers out there that you can't expect them, or anyone for that matter, to keep up with them all and what they write about. They may not be aware that she writes about tech as well - the same is true for me and the same is true for a lot of people. Any articles of hers that I have read have always been about sex and not tech. It was clear that there was at least a few of the people on this list that they didn't know about.

Lastly, as a whole the guys dismissed the entire list as pointless. Leo himself said, "it's just another one of those lists." Dvorak questions the inclusion of lonelygirl15 and others. Like I said, I do respect VB for what she does, because educating people about this subject is important in today's time. But the big question is why she's making such a fuss about a mere three seconds of audio. Again, if the guys had berated her for what she does, it would be different.

This is a message to all the "blog elites" out there, including Leo, Dvorak, VB, whoever: get over yourself. You are one of a zillion bloggers out there, and the only difference is that you did something to hit it big along the way and suddenly your opinion is valued more than mine. We may enjoy reading what you have to say, but in the end you're just another blogger.