Psamathe wrote:My concern is I have seen the really rather bad effects of positive discrimination.
I suspect you may well mean you have seen some really rather bad effects of positive discrimination. So have I. I've also seen some good effects of it. It's not a simple thing that's always good or always bad, it's a tool that may result in good, bad or mixed or indifferent effects according to how and where it is applied.
Psamathe wrote:So it is something I seek to avoid, by seeking equality as far as possible. And as I mentioned above, in the scenario of the forum there are far better solutions that address the stated aims in a gender neutral manner. And this seems unacceptable (now) I am wondering exactly what the real agenda is.
"far better solutions" to you, who state above that you are simply against positive discrimination, is not necessarily the same as "far better solutions" to someone in a group who feels negative discrimination as the background noise to their daily life. I wouldn't know, I'm not in that unfortunate position, but at least I'm aware of that fact and that it may look very different to someone who is.
"Real agenda"? Good grief! Occam's Razor tells you it's almost certainly not an "agenda", it's (trying to be!) a bit of gentle encouragement
Psamathe wrote:Who would that be and what are they doing. I don't watch what is going on in the section, but I would be surprised if people here were doing things "to ensure the section does not work".
My guess is that the sort of person who might be encouraged by the presence of this forum could very well be put right off it by the large amount of (mainly male) bellyaching that it shouldn't be here and doesn't deserve to exist. How welcome would you feel? I think I'd feel a bit like going on a club run, not being dropped as promised, but in the tea shop having to listen to the lycra crowd moaning about all the slow riders joining these days. It's just really not at all polite.