The Women+ Thread gets political

Hello, this is Miss Rim, filling in for Waffles.

Today’s suggested topic is women in politics. If you are an Avocado that participates in the Polotics Thread, you will have noticed there has been a LOT of discussion about sexism and criticizing women+ politicians the past few days.

If you are a person that pays attention to US politics, you may have noticed this also in real life.

What are your experiences with this? Have you noticed  sexism in discussing the actions and behavior of women+ politicians?  How do you feel about that? Are there ways the discourse can get better?

And of course, feel free to discuss any other women+ topics, as well.

Some guidelines to help this space be a positive experience for everyone:

☮ As always with the Avocado, don’t feel compelled to share beyond your comfort level.

☮ Anyone who identifies as female, or who was socialized female/AFAB/otherwise has firsthand experience with the issues being discussed, is welcome to post. If you identify as cis-male, we ask that you please set your participation to “lurk” mode, unless otherwise explicitly invited to participate further (i.e. if we did an AMA kind of thread). I’m sure there’s plenty to be gleaned just by reading!

☮ Please do your best to be mindful of others’ experiences when commenting or posing questions for the group. The female identity is Legion and contains multitudes, and not everyone who has experience with being treated as female by society identifies as female. Furthermore, racial and ethnic identities, sexual orientation, and many other factors can color how one experiences their gender identity on a day-to-day basis.