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DontCallMePeanut Tue 05-Jul-11 13:03:53

Or anyone that happens to stumble across this thread... Hi! grin

This is partly inspired by a comment sparky246 posted before she left. It reminded me of how long it took me to pluck up the courage to say something in here. I'm still a relative newbie to Feminism myself.

The Feminist Boards are perhaps the most daunting out of all the MN boards. I would say we don't bite, but it happens occassionally. But it's not because we're all evil! It's because this is something close to our hearts.

You may think, after reading some threads and comments on here, that you're possibly not a feminist, despite spending time claiming that you are. There's different degrees of feminism. You may be a pale pink, or you might be a deep magenta (ref: someone on MN, but I can't remember who...) As long as you're not on here claiming men are superior to women, or supporting misogyny, then you're welcome. If anyone says that you're less of a feminist because you wear six inch heels, or lipgloss, then call bull. It's not what you wear on the outside, but what you wear on the inside that counts.

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is just jump in. You might get some things "wrong", or feel confused about some aspects of feminism. There's always someone to set you straight, if you ask us to. I'm sure the more established members have something to add (or maybe pick apart) with regards to this. But to all the lurkers and newbies, PLEASE feel free to jump in and say "hi"!

PurpleStrawberry Tue 05-Jul-11 13:26:54

I just want to echo this.

I'm quite new to posting on MN as a whole, although I had spent some time lurking beforehand to get a feel for the whole site before jumping in.

I've posted a few times on the feminist boards and I haven't been bitten. Yet. wink

Seriously though, I was a bit afraid to post at first, but I'm glad I did.

DontCallMePeanut Tue 05-Jul-11 13:34:20

This place is like a second home to me, these days. A few weeks ago, it was AIBU, but I love this place now. grin

Mouseface Tue 05-Jul-11 13:37:48

Fab post and thread Peanut smile

Your words sum up exactly how I first felt when I lurked, then I grew a pair (not the fruit) and jumped right in!

<runs away when realises she called her Peanut> grin

AuntieMonica Tue 05-Jul-11 13:43:30

long-term and very occassional poster here

what you say DontCallMePeanut is music to my ears.

i love reading this section, but am fairly intimidated blush when the conversation gets too intellectual for me, and am put off posting.

<awaits flaming>

DontCallMePeanut Tue 05-Jul-11 13:45:40

Don't worry, you can call me peanut grin

DontCallMePeanut Tue 05-Jul-11 13:47:50

AuntieMonica, I know the feeling, tbh. Being dyslexic, I often think I'm putting the wrong term, or it takes me longer to absorb things, but I think the best thing anyone can post is what they feel, not what they think they should say to keep up with the Jones'

MardyBra Tue 05-Jul-11 14:59:25

Nice thread DontCallMePeanut.

Yes, I lurk more than post in Feminism and I think it is often perceived as a "scary" place on MN, but there's a lot of sense spoken here. When I have posted I haven't had a negative reception but I check my posts carefully beforehand. wink

TrillianAstra Tue 05-Jul-11 15:09:52

I concur.

lisianthus Tue 05-Jul-11 17:44:07

I don't know why this area is perceived as so scary. It gets far more heated on AIBU, but no-one talks about AIBU as a sort of no-go area.

HRHMJOFMAGICJAMALAND Tue 05-Jul-11 18:00:16

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DontCallMePeanut Tue 05-Jul-11 18:01:35

Evening, HRH! I'd just like to add that the "palest pink" quote was from GoblinsChild... If she's lurking about somewhere.... grin

HRHMJOFMAGICJAMALAND Tue 05-Jul-11 18:01:43

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