Vorpal wrote: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
Appart from the equality and the "hiding away general interest posts", my concerns are that the section does not address the stated aims.
If there is an under represented group on the forum and group who really need encouraging and who may be intimidated by all these over-aggressive macho men here (real problem!), and a group I feel very under-represented in the CTC membership then it is the younger (potential) cyclists. We don't need a ghetto for non-gender specific issues. But to encourage the youngsters in the face of all the technical knowledge here; the "Beginners: Nothing Too Daft To Ask" section somebody suggested earlier. It has the benefits of addressing the stated aims of the "Women's Section" (i.e. "non-intimidating") it would be inclusive and non-discriminatory; it would not hide general interest threads away from blokes (i.e. helps the forum provide an information resource); etc.
But to keep saying "it's here ... move-on" is really no solution. What happened when only men had the vote and women protested and men said "it's how it is ... move-on"; did women just stop pursuing the issue and "move-on" ? (Maybe not a good analogy but does at least illustrate my point).