Comment Policy

THINGS THAT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED

  • Discriminatory attacks/discriminatory language
  • Derailing (attempting to make the conversation about anything else, for example in a post about racism and poverty, a derail would be someone saying ‘but what about all the poor whites?’)
  • Trolling
  • Personal attacks on another contributor or on me – arguing against a viewpoint is fine, making a personal attack is not
  • Victim-blaming

I do not object to swearing – a quick trawl through my posts will turn up an example. However, the type of swearing is important – if you are swearing as an attack, or if you use a word that is discriminatory, your comment will probably not be approved. I keep tabs on the comments published, even though I don’t moderate every single one, so I will probably catch inappropriate/offensive comments fairly soon – however, if I don’t, drop me a line at fireofanger@gmail.com.

If I feel a comment is inappropriate, I will delete it. You are perfectly at liberty to ask why it was not published, but I give no guarantees for my answer. I would appreciate it if you would use trigger warnings when discussing something sensitive – I know what it’s like to be triggered, and I wouldn’t wish that on any reader.

I welcome all points of view, and encourage discussion. As long as a comment doesn’t violate other terms of this policy, it will normally be approved. However, there may be some occasions when I either do not publish immediately, or do not publish at all. I stress; this is my blog, and me deciding against publishing views that may be harmful or inappropriate is not censorship – you are still perfectly at liberty to go off and start your own blog to complain about me.

If you find that I have said something offensive or thoughtlessly privileged (or otherwise inappropriate), by all means call me on it. I hope that mostly I am acceptable, but I realise that I cannot know what others’ lives and oppressions are like. This does not absolve me from blame, if I say something inappropriate. You are entirely within your rights to hold me accountable.

Comments are mainly for discussion of issues in articles; if you wish to get in touch with me for whatever reason, my email is scattered all over the site.

Really and truly, the policy is simple – behave like a decent human being, and please don’t expect a biscuit for doing so.

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Comments
  1. megan says:

    i have a friend who is amazing in every way, smart,funny and just epic to be honest but because this friend doesnt want to be known as a boy or girl people seem to look down on and judge zie (think thats how you spell it ) i am sur of what i am but i do beleive that people should be able to be who they are and be this withought being judged, however even i feel like i dont help zie when i slip up and say she or girls or her. anyways to get to my point i think that as long as people are happy i really dont understand why people have to be so harsh and cloused minded
    (sorry for any spelling )

  2. JKBC says:

    A lot of people are extremely binarist (that is, have a negative view of those outside the binary). It’s absolutely shitty of them. It’s good that you respect your friend, and that you’re trying to respect pronouns. They’re not easy, but try to think in them and as soon as you’ve mastered one set you’ll be fine with most non-binary pronouns. Closed-mindedness is awful, I agree with you.

    I personally spell my pronouns ze/zan/zans – some people use zie, zim, zer and various other combinations, and there are many other non-binary pronouns out there. You’d have to ask your friend, since there’s two spellings of that pronoun.

    Don’t worry about spellings. As long as I can understand what you’re saying, it doesn’t matter. It’s pretty damn kyriarchal and shitty to insist on perfect spelling and grammar in discourse like this, since that would exclude so many people.

    • megan says:

      I’m glad you agree i do beleive that life is short and however you decide to live it should be up to you and you aloune there are so maney judgmental people out there and i think that they need to be shown that its not up to them and they need to learn that they cant change people to fit in to there few of “normal” and as a matter of fact realise that nobody is normal what is it everyone is diffrent so what is normale?

      • JKBC says:

        It’s not so much a decision – it’s a decision to come out, to do something about it, but it’s often a need-motivated decision. People need to stop judging others for being outside society’s norms. ‘Normal’ is a completely broken idea, exactly. It constructs an Other, and when an Other is constructed that Other is easy to abuse.

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