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[–][deleted] 18 insightful - 1 fun18 insightful - 0 fun19 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I don't support aborting fetuses based on sex. I am childfree by choice, so I will never be having a baby; however, I do empathize and agree with those women that I would not want to have a male child myself.

GC was a place where women could state things that other women may not agree with; we didn't all always agree on everything and that was okay. Some of us had/have more "fringe" opinions or emotions and others were a lot more neutral.

However, I do support a women's choice/desire to have a baby of a certain sex. Women are not obligated to conceive male children. Many women are uncomfortable having male children who will grow up and eventually (as a class) continue to uphold patriarchy and end up oppressing women. Thats how socialization into patriarchy and being born into male privilege works. Thats how class analysis works. It's not about demonizing children; it's about considering the world boys will grow up in and how that world will most likely shape them into misogynists.

Many women are angry that society expects them to have children, shames them if they don't, and disallows them from having any control over the sex of their babies or how they choose to parent. Mothers are some of the most vilified and judged women out there no matter what their beliefs or decisions.

[–]Sun_bear 17 insightful - 1 fun17 insightful - 0 fun18 insightful - 1 fun -  (3 children)

I followed r/gendercritical for years and I never saw any screenshots like that. I saw a few posts who had anxiety over having male children which I know horrifies those fragile male lurkers, but I have never seen calls to abort male foetuses, or kill male children, or calls to violence of any sort really.

[–]emissch[S] 6 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 0 fun7 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

Agreed, that's why I'm in shock/confused over these screenshots. Hopefully a couple mods weigh in to explain what happened there.

[–]heidischallenge 7 insightful - 1 fun7 insightful - 0 fun8 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

i think it's a perfectly valid opinion to say - "look how women all through history, all over the world are treated at the hands of men. I don't want to create new ones." If we searched, I'm sure we could find this in first wave and second wave discussions. Right now sex selective abortions and infanticide are all performed on female babies.

The snapshots in red are comments we removed, btw

also - They pulled a lot of comments out of context. If you read the entire thread, you might have had a different opinion of the conversation.

[–]emissch[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

yeah, that's very different from saying things like "i'd abort that fucker in a second" etc. I'm relieved to hear that those comments were removed and context got lost.

[–]venecia 16 insightful - 1 fun16 insightful - 0 fun17 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Yeah, GC on reddit went seriously off the rails at times, and TRAs were constantly in there roleplaying as man-hating TERFs so they would have something outrage worthy to share. Like right there.

No reasonable person here thinks those comments were okay, except maybe the ones about being disappointed about a baby's sex (happens to lots of women, with both girls and boys).

[–]FlippyKing 15 insightful - 1 fun15 insightful - 0 fun16 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I'm not clicking on it because I don't want to give Reddit any traffic.

But (yes, this is the internet, I'll comment without seeing it), I did see a lot of what I thought was concern trolling by agent provocateurs in GC over the final days, which I think was setting up the "taken down because of hate" rationalization.

[–]Maly_Querent 14 insightful - 2 fun14 insightful - 1 fun15 insightful - 2 fun -  (5 children)

You know, when ever someone starts with, "i am not [x], you can trust me" they are more than likely lying. Also, you are posting a link from r/AgainstHateSubreddits which, i heard, was behind the push to ban GC in the first place. I'm sorry, but you must be a plant.

[–]emissch[S] 6 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 0 fun7 insightful - 1 fun -  (4 children)

Well, if they uncovered posts like this I don't really blame them because that material is pretty abhorrent, however, it was not okay for reddit admins to give 0 warnings for a full ban and I disagree with the ban 100%. However, whoever wrote these posts, be it TRAs or actual GC members, they should have been removed by the mods. I don't know whether mods came in and removed later on? that is always possible. If this content was allowed though by GC mods then that is a problem and should have been corrected. Not a plant or a troll, I am a woman who has been an active poster at GC for several years and I'm not afraid to call out our community if there's a problem.

[–]oldpinewoods 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

Definitely. GC mods should not be allowing these extremist views.

[–]Maly_Querent 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

And trans rights activist should be allowed extrimist views which silence women and their experiences all so that some milquetaost incel bored to his balls can cosplay for validation? Pfffft! Go off, why don't 'cha?

[–]Maly_Querent 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

"Our community" if it was your community why didn't you address it with them first instead of demonizing on some seperate post? You're literally acting in bad faith.

[–]emissch[S] 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

huh? that's that I made this very thread for -- asking the community directly.

[–]CaliforniGinger 12 insightful - 2 fun12 insightful - 1 fun13 insightful - 2 fun -  (1 child)

I didn't see them live and don't support those things. If someone is that determined not to love a child based on sex a. they should not have kids and b. if they're determined, use IVF to select the sperm to produce female babies. There were a couple of lesbians who kinda pushed for women to abandon men entirely and "can't you just try liking women," which was about the worst thing I saw. The discussions of female separatism usually just involved logistics of pricing and how the rules would work/how the already existing female only villages were run/what an impossible but nice dream it was.

[–]emissch[S] 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Yeah, I saw one or two of those separatist posts too and didn't have a huge issue with them. if there were people who wanted to WGTOW, sure whatever. but I remember pushing back on like one political lesbianism post that I saw. trying to change/pursuade someone's sexual orientation isn't okay no matter how you slice it.

[–]heidischallenge 12 insightful - 1 fun12 insightful - 0 fun13 insightful - 1 fun -  (4 children)

Someone made a post in GC saying she wanted to get pregnant but she didn't want to have a male child. Responses were like this: 1. don't get pregnant 2. abort if you find out it's male. 3. take your chances. mothers of sons wrote in about being able to raise a boy to be a good person

Some comments were really over the top. Those were screenshot and put on twitter. Proof that we are horrible people. Maybe the mods should have not allowed this conversation? Mothering male children is a valid feminist discussion.

[–][deleted] 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

there are services that exist that claim to be able to separate sperm for IVF by sex.

[–]emissch[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

It's totally a valid discussion and expressing feelings of trepidation or disappointment over a baby's sex is valid too. Mods should have definitely managed those discussions better because it looks terrible.

[–]heidischallenge 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

i was a mod for 3.5 years and it's not an easy job. I really resent you not having read the original post and criticizing the job we did. that's incredibly rude.

[–]emissch[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Wow, ok. the original thread is gone unless it's in some backup file somewhere. All that was left were those screenshots. I get that it's not an easy job, but it seems weird to be that "resentful" over criticism. Mod criticism is part of the job on Reddit. Sorry if that's upsetting for you.

[–]endthewoo 11 insightful - 2 fun11 insightful - 1 fun12 insightful - 2 fun -  (4 children)

Why is a tiny handful of women saying that they don't want to incubate a male fetus such an affront ?

[–]emissch[S] 4 insightful - 2 fun4 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 2 fun -  (1 child)

because advocating (rather gleefully in some comments) about sex-based abortions is gross. We are against countries like China performing sex selective abortions on girls, why would it be anymore okay if this were done on boys? People can have these extremist views, the real issue for me is why the mods didn't manage these views better (unless they actually did and these screenshots were taken just before deletes--im hoping this is the case).

[–]endthewoo 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

you are not comparing like scenarios:

A1: woman is pregnant, wants to grow the baby, continues with pregnancy

A2: woman is pregnant doesn't want baby, aborts

B1: woman is pregnant, doesn't want to grow the baby, forced to continue pregnancy against her will

B2: woman is pregnant does want baby, forced to abort against her will

My perspective is that scenarios A are fine, scenarios B (which includes the forced abortions in China and India for example) are not.

Your perspective seems to be a version of "every sperm is sacred", ie "every male fetus is sacred", and you are upset about the fact of a tiny handful of women merely speculating about aborting an unwanted male embryo (which is vanishingly rare to non-existent in practice, and in reality any woman really yearning for a child but completely unable to raise a male (again tiny tiny minorty) would likely avoid pregnancy altogether and foster or adopt a girl instead).

[–]heidischallenge 4 insightful - 2 fun4 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

male fragility

[–][deleted] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I don't really see a problem with it if there's a test to tell early in the pregnancy. It's a woman's choice what she does with her reproductive capacity. Male children present a greater risk for experiencing abuse. I don't think it's wrong to talk about methods to ensure or increase the odds that a pregnancy is female.

[–]writerlylesbian 10 insightful - 1 fun10 insightful - 0 fun11 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

This person is baiting. Don't fall for it.

[–]heidischallenge 7 insightful - 1 fun7 insightful - 0 fun8 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

wondering about this myself

[–][deleted] 8 insightful - 1 fun8 insightful - 0 fun9 insightful - 1 fun -  (3 children)

Lurked a while in GC, but I lurk a little everywhere. I saw quite a few off-ish posts. I assume that with the nature of the internet, and with how passionate that people can get about topics that hit them on a personal level that we're bound to see extremist views no matter where we go. I was under the impression that GC promoted the safety of women AND the children that we may or may not produce, so those particular posts are distressing. I understand traumatic events coloring our viewpoints, but when we're discussing the abortion of a male (for being male) or insisting on a perceived justifiable harm in any way to a male child/female child/any child at all, I'm going to have to slam the brakes. It's that kind of vindictive, hateful ass attitude that loses me. The reason why I have so much trouble with the trans/gender identity movement in the first place is because I feel like it's not only encroaching on biological women's rights, but that it's predatory towards children and those considered to be under the age of consent. It's nonsense fantasy shit, when there's far cooler fantasy shit to be discussed instead that won't result in being a sterile shadow of former self. Digressing a slight bit, but when your country will not allow you to purchase cigarettes or alcohol under the age of 21, but will allow parents to make permanently damaging decisions for their children with hormones and surgery.. we have a problem. Parents that buy into this shit are negligent at best. I've described it to friends before in opinion as looking almost like Munchausen-by-Proxy with some cases, and like someone having a lap dog that they dress up with others. They're not dolls. They're not social bonus points. They're people. Tiny people that make terrible fucking decisions until their brains/decision-making hubs are fully developed, and still some bad ones after that because of human nature and life circumstances. I don't know who made those posts, or who has internalized feelings like this but we still have to take responsibility on our end. Why in the actual fuck would we celebrate aborting males? Why celebrate abortion at all outside of a necessity? It's not a we giveth life and so shall we take it away thing. You're not walking out of that procedure unscathed and it can fuck you up, your body up, on so many levels waiting too long to have it done. Better ways are available to gain the upper hand than being the mirror of the pieces of shit we want protections from.

[–]emissch[S] 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

Agree on every single point, I was in shock at these viewpoints coming from GC. I was on that reddit A LOT and I never once saw posts like this specifically about hating male babies, abortion, etc. which makes me think that mods may have removed the posts before I saw them but did they really or am I just wishful thinking???? did they just allow this crap?? if they did, there should have been a warning from Reddit to get our asses in order. I still think the ban was too heavy handed considering how many other banned reddits received warnings and we got zero. At the same time, I am horrified from what I saw from those posts. It's fine to express disappointment if you had a specific sex in mind, but to gleefully crow about aborting male babies? Come the fuck on.

[–]Takseen 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

I remember the post, and ShoeOnHead's video about it. Definitely some of the comments did get deleted by mods. I think I'd been following r/gc at the time, and some of the responses were quite extreme and surprising to me, compared to typical sub content. But I think it would be unlikely that a sub would be banned for one thread that's at least 9 months old now.

[–]emissch[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

thank you! I always thought the mods did a fantastic job at keeping discussions in order so I'm relieved to hear that!

[–]msteacherlady 6 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 0 fun7 insightful - 1 fun -  (3 children)

Here is my brief experience with such ideology as it appeared on GC.

Some weirdo on there told me that if i didn't give my 2 year old son a special soy diet in order to manipulate his hormone levels, that he would become a rapist. The comment was immediately downvoted by others and someone even replied to chastise the person. I didn't report it, but someone did and within a short period of time the comment had been removed by mods.

In general I keep my interest in men's issues (am wife to a man and mother of a son, and also care about my male students) out of feminist spaces because it ain't that lens' problem and I also understand and respect some women's need for separatism. I think within that sphere there are some real fuckin' weirdos though. Like, who would, especially when we criticize HRT for young people, tell a mother to biohack her child? Reminds me of Jenny McCarthy eschewing vaccinations and claiming diet cured her kid's autism. But from what I see, the real weirdos aren't tolerated. I hope I don't see a rallying cry for women to abort their male children coming from this corner of feminism.

[–]weakfantasy 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

oh, the soy meme. Definitely a troll.

[–]msteacherlady 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

I would agree but there's a couple of things that make me think not. Firstly, she didn't just give a pithy reply of "lulz why don't you make youre son a soy boi".She described an actual diet and talked specifically about hormones. Secondly, I did check out her post history to see if she really was troll. I mean, what other weirdo besides a TRA would feel like hormone manipulation is a solution? Well, her posts were consistently feminist, and surprisingly, not even that unreasonable most of the time.

[–]emissch[S] 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

thanks for the perspective, and I'm glad to hear that fringe views got dealt with. Like we can't as a community get so far off base that we lose touch with reality. that's what happened with TRA, I don't want it to happen here.

[–]112223sps 3 insightful - 2 fun3 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 2 fun -  (1 child)

I actually did see a few of those posts as they were happening, and I don't agree with them. I remember disagreeing once or twice and some other woman replied saying that it's fine to basically emotionally neglect (though I'd call it abuse) your child if it ends up being a boy. I was pretty disgusted. I can understand why someone wouldn't want to have a boy if they view all men as evil, but for that same reason, why would they want to have a girl? If your view is that you're giving birth to an evil oppressor by having a boy, why would you want to create more victims by having a girl? If that's how you think then you just shouldn't be having kids at all, because either way you're just bringing more suffering into the world, right? Though that's actually how I feel about having kids in general since I'm antinatalist, so yeah, I obviously have my own controversial thoughts on this subject.. Lol

[–]msteacherlady 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Yeah, I really don't get it. I'd seen a few posts from one user fantasizing about having her perfect daughter to raise and it made me wonder, so, uh, which shitbag man are you going to carry that child for?

[–]ThisSiteIsUnusable 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Many women on GC weren't/aren't radical feminists, just against trans ideology. There tended to be pushback against any posts that were perceived as being too anti-male, and that was one of them. There were some of us supporting a woman's right to refuse to bear males but it was pretty controversial. I don't know if that's because the mods considered it too far or if they realized men would lose their shit at the idea and didn't want to deal with it.

[–]jkfinn 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

At rare times, I felt in opposition to some separatists comments, usually dealing with bio-determinism and female superiority, but I can recall once saying (very offhand) that I got on best with women with no children or one female child, and I was downvoted.

I would think that if the TRAs were looking for so-called hate, it would be comments directed at themselves. But every one of those was relatively lightweight and very minimal given the rape and death threats that have been steadily aimed at GC over the past 7-8 years. In fact, almost anything less than these tough responses would make the commenter seem almost suspect, and rightfully so.