WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
Got a feminist ax to grind? Good! ontd_feminism does, too. Get riled up over the latest news, articles and op/eds related to issues of feminism.
Everyone is welcome. Membership is only moderated to keep the trolls in the dungeon. We might think you're one if your journal is brand-spanking new or has very little activity.
If you're rejected, please contact a moderator and link hir to a second site that can confirm your 'online identity' (social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace are preferred).
Zero troll tolerance. You might have guessed we're not fans of bigotry. This isn't Big Brother but it's not 4chan either, so think of something more creative than "get back to the kitchen" or be willing to defend your argument. Any commenter who incites/promotes hatred against a particular group (racism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-semitism, you name it) gets the banhammer. Trollops > trolls
Please source your articles. It is important to give credit. Please name your source in addition to linking it.
If you are posting an article from a blog, rather than a larger news organization, please post ONLY an excerpt and link back to the blog so that our members can read the rest there. We do not want to deprive feminist bloggers of visitors; we want to support their work.
If you would like to post an article you've written yourself or start a discussion on an issue you feel hasn't been examined, feel free to make a post. Additionally, we make regular 'off-topic' posts where you can bring up issues more informally.
Remember to use LJ-cuts if they are necessary! Use them at your discretion, but they are important if you post a particularly long story or have a series of pictures -- keep it to one 400x400 picture outside of the cut. If you are posting a really long story, you should also consider bolding what you think is most relevant. TL;DR comments aren't acceptable 'round here, but try to keep in mind that not everyone is gonna read a lengthy article.
Be conscientious of others in your choice of fonts/color/gifs when posting. Part of this community's commitment to working against ableism is providing a forum where everyone can comfortably participate.
Feel free to submit posts that may not be 'strictly' feminist. We take a broad view of feminism, and consider it to include issues of gender, sex, race, class, sexuality, dis/ability, ethnicity, colonialism, etc. If you think the feminist connection isn't obvious, feel free to add commentary of your own explaining the relationship.
Don't delete comments. We can't keep track of who said what if comments start disappearing. If you've said something stupid, just apologize and own up to your mistake. We all make them. Don't, however, delete your offensive comment because you will be banned.
It's okay not to know something! Refusing to learn is another thing entirely, though. If you have a question, the best thing to do is ask.
Keep in mind that you are responsible for educating yourself, though other people might sometimes help you. Don't expect other commenters to spoon-feed knowledge to you.
We all say incorrect stuff sometimes! People will only remember you being obtuse if you repeat it too often.
Be aware of your privilege(s). If someone calls you on it, don't take it as an insult, but as a learning opportunity. Try to understand their point of view before you get defensive. You don't need to divulge your entire identity, but be honest about the perspective you are coming from. Obfuscating your privilege in order to 'win an argument' or silence someone else is a jerk move.
Be conscientious of your language and its effect on others. Words like idiot, lame, dumb, crazy, etc. have ableist connotations, and ontd_feminism prides itself on being a community for everyone. Well-known racial, transphobic, racist, and sexist slurs are also off-limits, as well. If you cannot enter into discussion without using derogatory language or attacking another member, then this is not the community for you.
The people suffering from an oppression have the right to define it. Don't mansplain, whitesplain, straightsplain, cissplain, etc. Respect people's right to self-define.
There are certain definitions that we take as a common point of departure for discussions in this community. This includes a definition of racism, sexism and other -isms as dependent on power. If you take issue with this definition, you should probably re-evaluate your participation in this community.