Issues within the IFN
Due to the recent issue that took place on the IFN facebook page this week (where an article about the sexism in the Oscars was posted, resulting in people making many women feel very unsafe through the sort of comments they made) we are welcoming constructive feedback on the way moderation, policy, etc. are handled in general within the IFN. It might be 'only' the internet, but it's extremely important women feel they can contribute in an inclusive and comfortable online space just as much as offline.
if there's anything you wish to express, feel free to leave comments in this blogpost.
Here is the IFN comments policy:
"Feminist Ethos: We wish to undertake all our work from an explicitly feminist perspective. While mindful of the complexity and multiplicity of feminisms, we purposefully embrace the term ‘feminism’ and invite others to follow us in doing so.
Equality: We wish to advance equality in all spheres of Irish society. As different types of inequality overlap and reinforce each other, we recognise the importance of working toward the elimination of inequalities that are not just based on gender, but also on class, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, and other markers of difference.
Inclusiveness: We wish to protect and promote the interests of all of our members, and we respect the diversity of women and men who join us in opposing gender inequality.
Solidarity: We wish to work toward increased gender equality in Ireland by forging alliances with other social justice groups, community groups, NGOs and movements with whom we share similar values and priorities. Such alliance-building will also extend across national boundaries and will encompass the whole island of Ireland.
Progressiveness: We wish to form a focal point for feminist women and men who seek the introduction of positive and progressive measures for the achievement of gender equality both in Ireland and abroad.
Core Principle: Respect for people's lived experiences of oppression. As a feminist organisation, we are particularly concerned that people respect women's lived experience of gendered oppression, although we welcome comments from everybody on the page, as long as they are respectful.
Commenters are asked to acknowledge the above values and core principle, and to leave comments in accordance with them. The IFN reserves the right to determine whether or not comments are in accordance with our values and core principle."
28/2/2013 08:29:13 pm
There are lots of trolls on the internet, who like to try and upset, offend, and hurt others. If people post hateful comments, give them a warning and then block them if it happens again. It's the only way you can continue to have discussions and commenting function. Principles of "open discussion" do not apply when people abuse them. It's just the way it is. There is a whole wild world of internet commenting for them to join in elsewhere if they don't like your ground rules.
28/2/2013 08:34:53 pm
I completely agree with Sarah. State the rules at the start, and if people don't bide by them, give them one warning and then remove their comments. I do feel however that many of the comments are intended to provoke anger/ hurt / disgust. These trolls, bless them, have nothing better to be doing, and are attention seekers in the worst form. If the topic was about anything else, they would adjust their comments to suit, in order to continue to be insulting.
28/2/2013 08:44:15 pm
I didn't see the post in question, thankfully, but I don't think all people who cause upset, hurt and anger are 'trolls'.
28/2/2013 08:57:46 pm
I think it would be useful to have a few standard posts to link to. Like "Why 'misandry' isn't really a thing"; "How to recognise your privelege"; things like that. Because in that post, there were guys who seemed to think that Magic Mike and some Diet Coke ads were the exact same thing as centuries of oppression. If you had posts you could easily link to as soon as anyone starts with that nonsense, telling them "if you want to continue to be a part of this discussion, you must take this on board first, otherwise you'll be banned from participation," I think that would be really useful. There's also this fantastic post on Jezebel about sexism fatigue: http://jezebel.com/5987118/sexism-fatigue-when-seth-macfarlane-is-a-complete-ass-and-you-dont-even-notice. That should be required reading.
Hi! This is a great idea! I might suggest adding some specific things that you don't tolerate - formulated as a type of netiquette. This can really save from having to make the same arguments over and again. I can send some suggestions / ideas from other feminist and social justice online spaces if you like.
1/3/2013 12:12:02 am
That would be great, thanks!
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