Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Comment Policy

I have really wanted to avoid writing this post.  Womanist Musings is one of the few feminist blogs that allows comments without moderation.  I do not believe in censorship and as such have allowed people to freely voice their opinions in my space.  Recently I have become more and more disturbed by the comments that have been posted here.

To the asshats that think that they can come here and pollute our discussions, you are not welcome.  Womanist Musings is about free and open discussion but this does not include commentary that is racist, sexist, homophobic, abelist, or classist.  I am sick of the ignorance and the outright disrespect for the bodies of others.  I believe that we all have the right to dissent, but it should never ever lead to 'othering'. 

I would also like to state that any further commentary regarding my family will lead to an immediate lifelong ban.  My children and my "unhusband" are not open for discussion at any time.  I will also not allow any further name calling or taunting.  If you cannot make a point without calling someone stupid or dumb then you have no point to make.  

At this time I will continue to leave the moderation off.  If I find that this problem continues, or worsens, moderation will be turned on and comments will be posted at my pleasure.  It is not my wish to censor, but I simply will not allow my space to be polluted.  Womanist Musings is meant to be a safe place for all to engage in open and honest discussions, but when we are disrespectful to others a space becomes hostile. 

To my regular commenters, I appreciate your participation.  I have learned so much from many of you.  I deeply appreciate the time you take to read my little blog, and the time that you take to share your insights.  One of my greatest pleasures are the conversations that take place here.  I hope that we can continue on a positive vein as we unpack privilege together.  I am deeply sorry that I have had to write this post, as I know that the majority of you already engage wonderfully with each other.  This post is specifically directed at those that believe that their right of expression is more important than valuing others.  I am sure that I have made it quite clear that one of my core beliefs is that all bodies matter, and as such this blog will no longer allow ignorance to pass for legitimate conversation.

Renee.


2 comments:

Becky C. said...

I have recently ran into the same problem--I am pretty sure it is just one person--but a tenacious one--full vile brain rot--racist, misogynistic, homophobic--just real ignorant stuff--worse even than the time, for whatever reason, the KKK started commenting on my blog.

I have no choice but to moderate, and may go to registration.

It's too bad, because I really do believe in free speech and encourage comments from everyone no matter how much I may disagree with them. And I don't live on the Internet (unlike the stalker) so can not get people's comments up right away--which discourages the free exchange and discussion of various viewpoints.

But, just like I don't want dog poop in the middle of my living room, I don't want it on my blog--and I am quite certain that everyone else is annoyed by it too.

~Becky

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