Comment Policy

We would rather not police comments but the atmosphere we’re trying to foster is one of contribution and active discussion. Everyone isn’t required to have the same opinion, but we ask that disagreement and discussion both remain respectful.

Troll like behavior will get you a warning or two before you get banned. By troll like, I mean the people who come out of the woodwork to tell you that your concerns are invalid, that you are unintelligent if you don’t agree with them, that they have no need for further education or evidence because they’ve got anecdotes, and the like. Basically those who are inflammatory just for the sake of stirring shit won’t be tolerated.

Update:

Anti-Feminist Bingo will get you redirected to Feminism 101 and a moderation of your comments until you get it together.

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Responses

  1. Haha, the anti-feminist bingo is hilarious. Though, I would disagree with finding fault in the statement that “Patriarchy hurts men too,” as I believe it does. Of course we men have institutional privilege and have been using that to systematically oppress women for thousands of years. No objections to that.

    But the psychology of domination is harmful to everyone. If I may quote from a pamphlet called “Two Wings of a Bird,” published by the National Spiritual Assmebly of the Baha’is of the United States:

    “The emancipation of women, the achievement of full equality between the sexes is essential to human progress and the transformation of society. Inequality retards not only the advancement of women but the progress of civilization itself. The persistent denial of equality to one-half of the world’s population is an affront to human dignity. It promotes destructive attitudes and habits in men and women that pass from the family to the work place, to political life, and ultimately to international relations. On no grounds, moral, biological, or traditional can inequality be justified. The moral and psychological climate necessary to enable our nation to establish social justice and to contribute to global peace will be created only when women attain full partnership with men in all fields of endeavor.”

    So, absolutely, patriarchy affects women in the worst ways. And perhaps the clarification that it is bad for men too distracts from the more tangible and more severe attacks and denials of women’s dignity. But patriarchy is, in no uncertain terms, damaging to us all.

  2. Oh I don’t disagree that patriarchy hurts everyone within it, but I believe that bingo space is another wording of “What about the men”. There is a real conversation that could be had about men, but often in conversations specifically about women, trolls tend to come in and try to make the issue about men. Maybe a week ago, a poster on Female Impersonator wrote about her rape only to have a troll come in and tell her that she didn’t have the right to feel the distrust that she does and that she wasn’t being fair to men. That’s the sort of thing I don’t really want to see.

  3. I agree completely.

    I find that, in my conversations with other men, there is a lot of stubbornness which seems to be rooted in ignorance of the nature of institutional privilege. Equality has to be considered broadly. Many men feel that if they lose there voice even for a single second of a single conversation, this is not fair. But this notion rests on a false assumption that everyone is able to speak their minds at all times, and indicates incredible arrogance and lack of understanding of the oppression of women. Many times it falls on men to willingly give up their voices in order to create space for women. That’s a hard thing for a lot of men to understand.


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