I welcome comments of encouragement, constructive criticism, or anything else interesting. New commenters have to have their first message approved by me before it shows up. I also reserve the right to delete any troll-ish comments and/or ban their creators, as arguing with trolls never actually convinces them or does anything but frustrate people.
The difference between a troll and non-troll can sometimes be difficult to delineate, but I will attempt to explain it here. If you are somebody who is new to the theory of feminism (or some other kind of non-discrimination advocacy), it’s understandable that you would be unfamiliar with certain concepts, terminology, or ways of thinking. Posting comments asking questions about these things is perfectly acceptable, though I may not always answer them if I’m too busy.
What is not okay:
- Personal attacks
- Being an idiot (determined at my discretion)
In short, the difference between a non-banned commenter and a banned commenter is the motivation for posting. Intellectual curiosity, a desire to have a fair debate about a topic, respectful disagreement, or support are acceptable and welcomed. Pomposity, misogyny, the desire to show me “the error of my ways”, and other troll-y ones are not.
This blog is a safe space, and a feminist space, which means that absolutely no misogynistic comments will be tolerated. The same goes for all other forms of bigotry, including but not limited to: transphobia, homophobia, racism, ableism, classism, religious bigotry, and general douchehattery. Go take a dump on somebody else’s blog or website (might I recommend YouTube?).
ETA: This excellent new website called “Derailing For Dummies” provides a systematic takedown of some of the most common trolling techniques used to suppress discussion and incite me-pissed-off-ness. If you’re still having trouble, please go read the entire thing and then come back.
P.S. Bleating about “free speech” will get you nowhere. This blog is not run by the government. You are not entitled to piss me off without repercussions. And nothing is stopping you from getting your own blog and spewing your idiocy out to the masses that way. Now go, before somebody drops a house on you too!
P.P.S. “Constructive criticism” means an insightful critique I hadn’t thought of or heard before, but find illuminating and helpful. Do you really think something like “feminists hate men” or “queers will burn in Hell” is new? At the very least, get a new shtick.