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 # 106
    Member
    240 posts
    Helper bee

    KittyYogi :  “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)”

    But that’s not the point of a safe space, even by liberal definitions – the point of a safe space is for people to be able to express their opinions without fearing disagreement or retribution. Asking for politics to be kept off isn’t saying “I’m a conservative and I want an echo chamber for my opinions”, it’s saying, “For the good of the community, we should all refrain from talking politics.”

    I have no earthly idea how that comes across as a Special Snowflake to you. I also don’t get why certain people – conservative or liberal – feel the need to inject politics into absolutely everything. I just don’t. I’m a hugely political conservative and *I* don’t start political posts on wedding/marriage/relationship/family forums because it’s not the damn place for it, just like I wouldn’t go onto a poltical forum and ask for relationship advice!

    Post # 107
    Member
    2094 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    collegebee :  The only people calling for this to be a politics-free zone are people who have described themselves as having conservative viewpoints and say they feel outnumbered due to the seemingly-liberal readership of the forum users.  That’s why it feels special snowflake.

    I just don’t get why it’s so hard to ignore the threads you don’t want to read?  No one is forcing anyone to click on and read every thread.  If you don’t care to read about creamy cervical mucus and pregnancy tests soaked in pee, don’t click on a TTC thread.  If you don’t want to read about other people’s thoughts on current events or politics, don’t click on a current event or political thread.  It’s really not that complicated.

    Again, this website has a ton of forum sub-topics because they WANT non-wedding-related posts so as to increase use.  Obviously plenty of people enjoy discussing politics and current events.  If you don’t, don’t do it.  But it’s not your place to make that decision for tens of thousands of other posters.

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