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Why the Internet is going ape[bleep] over The Bustle

August 14, 2013|By Megan Crepeau and Kate Bernot | RedEye

Bryan Goldberg, founder of sports blog Bleacher Report.

Women's Website Drama -- we are having pizza party happy hour and they didn't know I wanted "a pizza with meat on it..."

@bgoldberg, July 19

Angrymeter: 2. Silly ladies! Don't they know real men like MEAT?!

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Women's Website Drama -- one of the ladies didn't get the bowling ball all the way to the pins. Maintenance guy on the way...

@bgoldberg, July 19

Angrymeter: 2. Silly ladies! They can't bowl!

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During the last decade, many popular new media properties have launched, most aiming to attract men, like Politico, Bleacher Report, TechCrunch, Business Insider, Mashable, Grantland, TheVerge, Break, College Humor, IGN, Thrillist, and Gawker. 

(PandoDaily column hyping Bustle)

Angrymeter: 3. So every website that isn't explicitly "for women" is, by default, aimed at men. Yeah, THAT makes sense.

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Yes, we believe that a partner-track attorney can be passionate about world affairs and celebrity gossip. On the same day. During the same coffee break. And there is nothing wrong with that. Welcome to the year 2013.

(PandoDaily)

Angrymeter: 2. Women have disparate interests? Is ... is that even allowed? 

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In fact, we don’t even use the term “guilty pleasures,” because there is no topic that someone should feel ashamed to write about ... Can men read Bustle too? Yes. And they secretly will.

(PandoDaily)

Angrymeter: 2. No such thing as a guilty pleasure, except for our site, when it is read by men.

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The good news is that I am neither the face nor the voice of Bustle.

(PandoDaily)

Angrymeter: 3. We would believe this, except that he's the founder, and he's been interviewing and blogging and generally bragging about it all over the Internet. Where are the actual editors of this site going to chime in? Honest question.

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Knowing the difference between mascara, concealer, and eye-liner is not my job.

(PandoDaily)

Angrymeter: 1. OK, clearly, this is a joke. Not a good one, but a joke. Right? (also, lol at "eye-liner.")

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"Today, I had to google 'IUD,' because it was on the front page of our site."

(Aug. 13 interview with TheWrap)

Angrymeter: 5. THIS WAS NOT A JOKE. A man who was given millions of dollars to start a women's website is not familiar with a popular form of birth control.

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There are a lot of great/niche sites out there that reach women. Not arguing that. Have they tried to enter the mainstream and bring great feminist content to TENS of millions of readers? Probably not. 

(Goldberg comment on his own PandoDaily column)


Angrymeter: 4. Does he really think that all the existing ladyblogs haven't reached tens of millions of readers because they ... haven't ... tried? I'm sure none of them ever thought of this cool thing called "reaching readers."

Extra-special bonus douchery:

I'm sorry, Mr. Cab Driver, were you expecting a tip? You would have gotten a 25% tip, had you not disabled your credit card reader.

(@bgoldberg, Aug. 5

ANGRYMETER: 1 ZILLION. HE DOESN'T TIP. AND THEN HE BRAGS ABOUT NOT TIPPING. HE IS LITERALLY A MILLIONAIRE AND HE BRAGS ABOUT NOT TIPPING A CAB DRIVER. ON TWITTER. WHERE EVERYONE CAN SEE HIM.

P.S. if he wants to give us $6.5 million to launch PinkEye ("RedEye 4 Ladies~!") we take it all back.

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