Jaap, you tricked me into going back for a second-chance look at Quora. Including the feminism tag.
What a goddamned fucking worthless cesspool of self-important dumb THAT was. Is there some hidden part of the site where the actual feminists have interesting conversations?
I’m kind of sad that my Internet existence has been reduced to 140 character quips and reblogging pretty pictures, but all the prefab serious discussion forums seem terrible and I don’t have the energy to drive my own blog anymore.
I’ve had better luck with more “specialized” tags like “third-wave feminism”. But Quora is still far from a space that’s free of mansplaining.
Maybe it just needs a critical mass of feminists willing to
deliver righteous smackdowns engage in a progressive dialectic? A “quorum” if you will?
Any open site needs a critical mass of smackdowns if it’s going to maintain reasonable feminist discourse. But assembling a critical mass while conforming to what appears to be an existing cultural expectation that one should treat questions like “why is telling someone to dress modestly different from telling people to lock their doors?” as though they are deserving of a serious answer rather than an insta-ban… what a hassle.
I’ve been enthused about delivering Feminist 101 smackdowns in the past and maybe I will feel that way again someday, but right now I’d rather amputate my own leg with a ballpoint pen.