Please can we have a Feminism/Women's Rights Topic?

(87 Posts)
dittany Wed 17-Mar-10 00:13:13

Hi Mumsnet

A few of us dungaree wearers feminists here are wondering if we could build on the current crop of threads on feminism, and actually have a topic for them, as there currently seems to be an upswing of interest on the subject both here and in RL. It seems like quite a few people would like to delve further into the subject and are already getting a lot out of the threads that have come up so far, and this is a great place to talk about it.

We promise not to use Mumsnet to mount the revolution from (well maybe just organise a few tactical sorties).

tortoiseonthehalfshell Wed 17-Mar-10 00:14:11

Since I have a -total crush on deep respect for Dittany, I agree absolutely.

dittany Wed 17-Mar-10 00:17:02

grin

I second this notion!

Actually I disagree.

Surely feminism and women's rights cut through every single topic on MN already? includes Dadsnet and all posters who claim not to be feminists-- who just haven't quite got a handle on the topic We don't need to be contained in a topic... let us be free!

ButterPie Wed 17-Mar-10 00:19:10

I agree. Feminism seems to be on the upswing, we need a dedicated area to explore it further.

tortoiseonthehalfshell Wed 17-Mar-10 00:24:41

I do wonder, actually, whether it will have the effect of separating out the feminism topics such that people who don't already identify as feminist will just avoid the whole topic?

Beachcomber Wed 17-Mar-10 00:24:48

I too agree, and think this suggestion sits very well with the MN ethos.

dittany Wed 17-Mar-10 00:30:08

It will of course be a lot of work for the one Mumsnet feminist and all her sock-puppets.

I agree,and surely just because there is a feminism topic wont stop it also coming up in other threads?

antoinettechigur Wed 17-Mar-10 00:50:30

I think it would be a good idea to have an area so we could get into some issues in more depth. It works for other topics e.g. politics, in the news.

However agree with the need to keep feminism/feminist issues alive on the other boards too.

You are going to need more sock puppets Dittany. Feel free to raid our odd sock bag.

<this feminism is working. Managed to say our odd sock bag, not my. Now to get DP to do 50% of laundry>

jasper Wed 17-Mar-10 01:04:44

NOOOOOOOOOO

ItsGraceAgain Wed 17-Mar-10 04:08:19

Posting here to support the idea. But I'm still worried about the marginalisation thang.

ItsGraceAgain Wed 17-Mar-10 04:11:50

That prolly shoulda said "dungarisation".

Apropos of nothing, I've just discovered Men's Beach Volleyball on dead-zone TV grin Wow!!!
<rushes off to add new dimension to Porn topic>

sprogger Wed 17-Mar-10 05:10:45

I like the idea, but I suspect a dedicated "Feminism" area would lure every mouse-wielding Misogynist Avenger on the Internet to troll it. Just look at the Guardian's CiF board or Salon's Broadsheet blog to see how many dedicated trolls they have, keen to jump over every topic and launch shrill attacks on authors for being "anti-male." It's often blindingly obvious that they're posting without actually reading or engaging with the topics and are responding to ye olde feminist strawman.

If we had a dedicated area, it might require some heavy moderation effort. Topics and activism sprinkled throughout the site (and cloaked from troll-view by the veil of Motherhood) offer much less of a target.

blinder Wed 17-Mar-10 06:44:51

I'm hoping a dedicated feminism topic might even discourage the trolling. No-one jumps on every baby led weaning thread (for example) to complain that there are more important things to discuss. A feminism topic area might normalise rather than marginalise the subject on mumsnet.

It would be a place to post ideas, information, book reviews, questions, events <swoons>!

SugarMousePink Wed 17-Mar-10 07:19:08

<emerges waving singed remains of last night's bra burning>

I'd love to see a dedicated place for this - it's still free for all to come and lurk look at and join in. As for trolls; let them come, we'll shriek and wave lentils at them educate them gently...perhaps even frighten them off rehabilitate them? grin

blinder Wed 17-Mar-10 08:10:47

I love the idea of a rehabilitated troll sitting under a bridge, trying to get its soggy bra lit!

Bucharest Wed 17-Mar-10 08:17:04

I'm in.
Waging a one-woman revolution in the south of Italy is exhausting....They've yet to burn their pinnies let alone their bras.

sprogger Wed 17-Mar-10 08:53:39

Blinder, I'm not talking about regular MN users - I'm talking about people who put a mildly alarming amount of time into looking for places where feminist thinking is signposted on the Internet and then dedicate themselves to trolling it. BLW and other parenting topics really don't attract quite such a... er, dedicated... following.

sungirltan Wed 17-Mar-10 09:08:27

i'd like a feminism area. i'd even start threads!

OrmRenewed Wed 17-Mar-10 09:09:19

Yes but....won't we end up just patting each other on the back and calling each other 'sister' and not having anyone to argue with. That is a bit worrying.

blinder Wed 17-Mar-10 09:09:38

That's probably going to happen I suppose Sprogger yes. We will have to police it. But sometimes the disinformation helps to define the truth anyway don't you think grin?

ahundredtimes Wed 17-Mar-10 09:19:42

I don't agree. I think you can start topics in AIBU or Politics or Gardening or the Tack Room or anywhere at all, about feminism. I don't think it needs a dedicated topic.

msrisotto Wed 17-Mar-10 09:47:31

I'd like a Feminism area - sometimes threads dotted around the place aren't obvious e.g. the lady gaga one, if you're not interested in lady gaga particularly but like a good feminist love in, you could miss out!

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