Do you feel like you can 'safely' chime in on political discussions on The Bee?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you feel like you can 'safely' chime into political discussions on The Bee?
    Yes. : (63 votes)
    34 %
    No. : (73 votes)
    40 %
    Neutral. I don't participate in any of the political threads. : (48 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 91
    Member
    2179 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    collegebee :  The TTC threads are a huge part of this website, even though trying to conceive a fetus has nothing to do with weddings.  As are threads about parenting, pets, lifestyle questions (vacation locations etc).  Political threads are relatively underrepresented compared to those other topics.  Limiting this website to solely topics about weddings would reduce their visitorship (since interest in weddings is a very limited phase in most people’s lives) and reduce their ad sales.  It’s just unrealistic to hope that people shut up about everything except for weddings.

    Post # 92
    Member
    477 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I feel safe for sure, and not just because I’m liberal 😉 But because I feel securely in my opinions before even giving them. If I’m not, I chime in once I’ve done the research to support what I’m saying. I dont have time, though, for the tired “intolerant liberal” argument because I refuse to be tolerant of opinions that are harmful to other peoples’ lives. Period. So once it gets to that point, the “Why can’t we have a discussion where we’re all allowed to say our opinions without you telling me I’m wrong?”, or the “let’s agree to disagree”, I’m done. If people rebutt your opinion with facts, you need to step away and look at that, just as I’d expect myself to. 

    Post # 93
    Member
    632 posts
    Busy bee

    KittyYogi :  I see your point, but the TTC threads and the others you mentioned aren’t inherently controversial and polarizing. Obviously life isn’t a bubble where we can avoid certain topics, but it would be nice to not see a political post nearly daily mixed in with wedding and relationship questions. If I were looking for that I would still be on Facebook or would visit the comment sections on CNN.

    Post # 94
    Member
    7816 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    bear123 :  Then you and collegebee and anyone else who feels that way should contact the mods and tell them you want the political threads gone. I doubt the site will agree to start censoring political threads, because that would be counterproductive to business, as Kittyyogi explained, but it’s worth a try.

    Post # 95
    Member
    1276 posts
    Bumble bee

    I find the political/social political discussions very educational and interesting to read. I like how weddingbee is not only about weddings. It is difficult to find an active forum without (a lot of) trolls. I found this page originally when I was a Maid/Matron of Honor and stayed for the interesting posts. I’ve learned a lot. As an exmaple the ghetto fabulous discussion was great. Also, the one about gun control really let me into to the gun culture in a different way.  At some point posters tend to get very personal and that’s a shame but usually the conversations are good for the first 10 pages.

    Post # 96
    Member
    632 posts
    Busy bee

    tiffanybruiser :  I would settle for posters just being kind and not name calling, but you are consistently a perfect example that that won’t happen.

    Post # 97
    Member
    2179 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    bear123 :  I mean…. it’s a discussion forum on the internet.  A lot of people like to talk about current events, and that’s their right – just as it is people’s right to discuss their cervical mucus and pee sticks and other things that some people might find distasteful.  If you do find it distasteful, it’s pretty easy to just not click on it. 

    I agree with Tiffany that the idea that conservative posters feel the need for a politics-free “safe space” on the internet is ironic (given some folks’ continual mocking of so-called snowflakes) and, more than anything else, just unrealistic.

    Post # 98
    Member
    632 posts
    Busy bee

    KittyYogi :  True! I mean I hope I will have better things to do after my wedding than to sit on here and generate thousands of posts (not referring to you) discussing things with strangers, but I suppose some people prefer to engage in their daily conversations and debates online, and that is their prerogative.

    I don’t feel I need a safe space. Just would like to stick to wedding and family related topics on a site that was likely intended to address topics in those realms, but clearly that is not a widely shared opinion, and I can accept that.

    Post # 99
    Member
    7816 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    bear123 :  You just insulted me twice in a row, but I’m the one who’s consistently nasty on here?

    My post count is embarrassingly high, I’ll grant you that. I blame TTC for the recent implosion, although I have always been an active poster. Any other personal jabs you wanna make?

    Post # 100
    Member
    2179 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    bear123 :  Well each to their own, I also can accept that.  But just wait til you start TTC… you will appreciate a place to discuss your cervical mucus and pee sticks, and hopefully Tiffany and others will still be around (WITH babies!!) to help you and others navigate it 🙂

    Post # 101
    Member
    1361 posts
    Bumble bee

    bear123 :  Just would like to stick to wedding and family related topics on a site that was likely intended to address topics in those realms

    Is something that is out of your control interfering with you doing this?  I don’t understand your point.

    Post # 102
    Member
    632 posts
    Busy bee

    KittyYogi :  I appreciate that, thank you. 🙂 Will likely be a few years before we are trying, but I do see that this is a great resource for the many things that sisters and cousins either don’t know or don’t want to talk about as in-depth. Also, good luck with your journey. Hopefully it hasn’t been too long or difficult for either of you.

    Post # 103
    Member
    1993 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    Heres an idea, if you see a political post, just dont click on it!! it does wonders…

    Post # 104
    Member
    10020 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Interesting, but not surprising, how many voted NO, they do not feel safe here.

    Post # 105
    Member
    2950 posts
    Sugar bee

    We could always take a break, emerge from the shadow of Trump, and consider British Politics instead.

    The Gordian knot that is Brexit is proving difficult to untangle.

    Two former prime ministers (Tony Blair and John Major) have both spoken against Brexit.

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May meets European President Donald Tusk to discuss the Irish Border. (She’s going to give a big speech tomorrow.)

    Politicians are about to get a £1,300 per annum pay rise.

    Scottish Nationalist MP says that The culture of the House of Commons “oozes patriarchy” and laws are designed on a “sea of booze”.

    UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson still goes jogging despite the snowy weather.

    Riveting, isn’t it? Don’t you feel a lot calmer and safer just reading the above list?

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