On Thu, 16 Dec 2004 05:53 pm, Erinn Clark wrote: > * Pia Smith <email@example.com> [2004:12:16 09:13 +1100]: > > 3) We need to be welcoming of men, of all people. > > I don't disagree with you, which I want to make clear, but this brings a > thought to mind: > > How accepting should we be, exactly? For example, one of my concerns is > that the list and IRC channel will be "overrun" (for lack of a better > word) by well-meaning men. When the men are very helpful, nice, and support > our goals, it's not like we can say "Hey, the statistics are all out of > whack here, it's still a male majority", without being rude and losing > valuable members of the community. But I'm not sure how it looks to new > people or what they're expecting and if this will scare them off. > > Is this just something we deal with? Watch out for until it gets out of > hand? Are there any precautions we can take, or is it not a concern at all? I've been thinking a lot about this, especially with four daughters and a son. i want to raise PEOPLE aware offspring - ie that to address inequities, sometimes we have to redress imbalance by acting positively i favour of one thing or another, such as gender, race etc. but i CANNOT see that denegration or discrimination against another gender is the right way to do that. if we find the discrimination against women rightly intoerable in a modern society, how can we not equally find discrimination ALL ROUND to be wrong? I don't want to be part of a womans group that believes that to assist and promote women, we must exclude or belittle anyone. i do believe in excluding negative and destructive people regarldless of gender. r:) -- Romana Branden Sticks & stones may break my bones, but words can break my heart.. ITShare SA Inc - http://itshare.org.au/ ITShare SA gives away computer systems created from donated hardware and opensource software.
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