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