mjr wrote:It's not time to move on until the men's interests board is created. Why won't you do this simple act of equality?
Actually, I think that this is a fair question. And I don't know how the other moderators feel, but I can tell you how I feel about it.
I have mixed feelings. mostly because of the issues of equality that you and others have raised.
However, if we want to fix the problems that women (and other gender/sex-based minorities) face just because they are minorities, doing something that is a traditionally masculine activity; if we want to create a more egalitarian society, we must
-create space to safely discuss those issues
-help people think in terms of those issues
Then, and only then, can we offer any advice about overcoming them. In my opinion, it is no different than organisations which seek to encourage and support women to enter science and engineering fields. Or to encourage and support men to enter nursing.
Men may face some issues in cycling that are uniquely male, but few face overt discrimination or other issues that are solely due to being a member of a minority sex or gender. Our LGBT members face many of the same issues, and perhaps it should be a 'women and minorities interests' subforum, or 'women and LGBT subforum. The one time in the past that an LGBT board was discussed it was an even more heated and controversial subject. I'd like to think that we are ready to openly discuss such issues, and that this subforum can be a sign that we are.
“In some ways, it is easier to be a dissident, for then one is without responsibility.”
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom