And there is still a very limited slice of particpation here. With missing in action, a number of male regulars who dont need illumination to be able to say something.
Okay, so what do I say in this thread?
Being a white male babbler, I can't really comment on the gender dynamics here, which I would be largely oblivious to. I don't think I've been overtly sexist, treating female babblers any differently than male babblers or anything like that. I try not to do any of the subtle sexist things in meetings or anything like that, and have on a few occaisions checked with some smart feminist women I know after meetings to see if I'm doing anything wrong or contributing to the patriarchy in any way. But, I guess writing on forums are a whole different kettle of fish than face to face conversations and meetings. But, as a male babbler, it's hard to be aware of how the environment affects female babblers in particular. Not to mention that I think a good portion of male babblers, myself included, would agree that the environment can sometimes be rather shitty in general, so sometimes it might be difficult to distinguish between sexism and the general shitfest that is babble sometimes. I almost left for good on a few occaisions, once only staying at the encouragement of another babbler (although I'm sure there are some babblers who wouldn't miss me). That said, I'm not trying to minimize the problem or deny that gender is a part of it if female babblers are pointing out these issues.
My writing style tends to vary depending on my mood, so on a bad day I can be somewhat combative. And I tend to have a bit of "righteous anger" built up in my posts - I guess it happens when we're talking politics in a world which is so fucked up.
So, what can I do differently?