Playboy has chosen nine female bloggers to vote for in a new feature entitled, "Hottest Female Bloggers."
The list includes Boing Boing's blonde co-editor, Xeni Jardin, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Violet Blue, Sarah Lacy a columnist and co-host of Yahoo!'s Tech Ticker, and Natali Del Conte, host of CNET TV's Loaded.
The feature was motivated by the recent controversy involving Boing Boing: the popular site deleted about 70 posts from their archive that had references to Violet Blu . Interestingly, these posts were mainly written by former-friend and Boing Boing co-editor Jardin. The post removal was done over a year ago, but has only recently come under fire.
This controversial move lead the New York Times to question if an editor/blogger has the right to unpublish posts on a popular blog.
"Ms. Jardin, who says she was the one who took down the posts, conceded that the decision to unpublish was uncharted territory," the NY Times explains. "She would not discuss what precipitated her move other than to say it 'wasn't a weird cover-up' and was based on 'private matters and public behavior'."
"The idea of someone unpublishing you is horrifying," Violet Blue said, "that is why this is a bigger issue than someone versus someone. Really, it is between Boing Boing and the world."
I am glad that Playboy, in their own way, are focusing the light on such an important topic. Any respectable magazine or blog should only pull previous posts as a drastic measure that is unavoidable. To systematically delete posts due to bad blood or personal fights is a jab to their own quality and reputation.
The first five images are of former friends Jardin and Blue, including an intimate shot at Kink.com party. The other seven hot bloggers are featured in images 6-9.
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