Following a discussion thread about moderation, I agreed with the regular commenters here that there should be an extra rule, which we hereby dub The HetPat First Directive (HPFD).I have now amended my Comments on Comments page to include the following
HPFD: Thou shalt not generalise about gender activist movements or judge people’s arguments by their association.
What this means in practice is that I shall consider moderating any comments that make sweeping generalisations about feminists, MRAs or any similar group. This is not because all such generalisations are necessarily false (although in my view they usually are) but simply because such sweeping generalisations act, almost without exception, to derail threads and discussions, spark angry reactions and foster an atmosphere that is corrosive to debate.
Examples would include statements like these:
“Feminism is a hate movement committed female supremacy and the subjugation of men and boys.”
“Men’s Rights Activists are misogynistic trolls with no interest in the real issues affecting men and boys.”
“Your opinions are worthless because you are a feminist / MRA”
We’ve already identified a need for a First Exemption
HPFD1;X1: “In cases where the poster generalises about all movements equally without discrimination, the First Directive shall be held inapplicable.”
Example: “I think all social movements are prone to failing, turning sour or collapsing under criticism.” This is not a provocative statement about feminism or whatever, and is instead an observation on the nature of organisations. That has to be allowed.
I’m more than happy to consider additional exemptions, corollaries or sub-clauses as the need arises, if there is a strong consensus from you guys of course. Post your suggestions below and we’ll talk about it.