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You don't have to be feminist to post here, but it helps...

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MrsReasonable Fri 26-Aug-11 17:50:39

I've noticed that whenever a 'non-feminist' view is brought up, there are occasionally some posts along the lines of 'this is a feminist board, why come here if you aren't...', etc.

Genuine question - is this a feminist board, or a board about feminism? Obviously the majority of posters are feminist, but I'm not sure whether that is because feminists (surprise surprise) like discussing feminism, or because it is seen as a feminist 'safe haven'?

ChristinedePizan Fri 26-Aug-11 17:53:51

It's both I think. Although if your stance on feminism is that it's a load of rubbish, then why post here?

ChristinedePizan Fri 26-Aug-11 17:54:49

I didn't mean that's what you think, but that's why 'non-feminist' views are challenged. It's not a fight club, it's a forum for discussing feminism.

MrsReasonable Fri 26-Aug-11 17:56:54

It just seems that if a poster were to criticise feminism (let's assume legitimately), then they would be accused of MRA/trolling, rather than accepted in a discussion about feminist issues, rather than feminist discussion of issues.

LeninGrad Fri 26-Aug-11 18:00:27

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LeBJOF Fri 26-Aug-11 18:01:10

I think it's fair enough to criticise feminist tactics or whatever, from the perspective of a fellow traveller, for want of a better word. But what's the point engaging with explicitly ANTI-feminist arguments? There's enough of them everywhere else.

So I do see this as a feminist space, I suppose.

LeninGrad Fri 26-Aug-11 18:01:44

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LeninGrad Fri 26-Aug-11 18:02:47

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LeBJOF Fri 26-Aug-11 18:02:49

And MrsReasonable would be an excellent username for a concern troll of the MRA persuasion grin...

MitchiestInge Fri 26-Aug-11 18:04:47

I thought this might be a 'which is your favourite troll on feminist boards' thread - OP isn't it, but I feel absurdly fond of the barely literate one. Don't know why.

LeninGrad Fri 26-Aug-11 18:06:49

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Lenin, you're chickenist! shock

I imagine it would get uber tedious to have the board filled up with people just saying 'but feminism is wrong'.

MrsReasonable Fri 26-Aug-11 18:08:43

Hah, LeBJOF! grin I made the name with AIBU in mind because frankly they talk a load of bollocks over there.

Pan Fri 26-Aug-11 18:09:16

MrsR - isn't it how the debates are couched? Purely aggressive interventioners aren't here to 'discuss' anything - just to put across an 'anti-feminist' view and chuck some insults around for good measure.

It is an open forum, so there will be some of that. I remember dittany when she was around had a higher threshold to meet than most in this regard. Leaned toward 'feminist board' rather than at the 'about feminism' end.

LeninGrad Fri 26-Aug-11 18:12:58

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LeninGrad Fri 26-Aug-11 18:14:25

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MitchiestInge Fri 26-Aug-11 18:15:22

they do get too much attention, everyone is so busy dancing round them they don't realise they have ignored real contributions from actual people

not saying women are actual people, that would be too extreme, but you know what I mean

LeninGrad Fri 26-Aug-11 18:16:17

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<weeps at Lenin's indifference, and wonders if she needs to apologise for her chicken heavy twitter feed>

LeninGrad Fri 26-Aug-11 18:18:21

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MardyBra Fri 26-Aug-11 18:19:49

Surely all animals are created equal (just some more equal than others).

LeninGrad Fri 26-Aug-11 18:19:56

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Yep. 'Tis I <hangs head in shame>

LeninGrad Fri 26-Aug-11 18:21:40

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Agreed. It's rather rude to butt in on a conversation and demand that the subject is changed. In my humble opinion.

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