This is my first time contributing to this list. First, I'd like to say that I don't think it's inappropriate to create an optional women only space. As Maggie mentioned, she is not interested in replacing this discussion. Protected spaces for minorities may be useful, especially considering the atmosphere sometimes present in this project.

I do think it's interesting that men have repeatedly told the women in this discussion to essentially pipe down, or that they're doing things all wrong. Not that it might not be true, but they have certainly gone about it in a way that comes dangerously close to 'mansplaining.'

Thanks for the invite, Maggie, I'll be joining you.


On Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 8:16 PM, Marc Riddell <michaeldavid86@comcast.net> wrote:
on 10/1/11 7:37 PM, Maggie at rockerrepro@gmail.com wrote:

I've created this group as a women's-only group to discuss things without being inhibited by a male presence,


"...inhibited by a male presence" [?] Isn't this a personal issue that, I hope, each person would want to address within themselves; instead of joining a group that merely enables & facilitates it?

If the goal is to more solidly bridge the gap between the genders in the project - this is definitely not the way to go about it.

Marc Riddell

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