Well, Liberator magazine has gone all New Statesman on us! The magazine for radical liberals has launched a new blog.
I’m pleased to see that the collective will now be able to give their take on events in between issues of their magazine.
I did have a slight facepalm moment when I read their Comments Policy – “Play the ball not the man.” For goodness sake, I thought we had all learned about using more inclusive language. My one criticism of Liberator is that it can sometimes be a bit blokey. I’m not sure that they really understand the many ways our culture harms women and restricts their freedom. Maybe I should write something about that for them….
The policy itself sits closer to the Liberal Democrat Voice comments policy (be polite, stay on topic, be who you say you are) than to the almost free-for-all that I allow on here. It basically says be polite,legal, on topic and makes it clear that any comment which breaks those rules will not be published. I hardly ever reject comments. I did junk an anonymous one the other day which named someone in connection with the child abuse scandals, and I didn’t publish the one that called me a “f***ing disgusting racist nazi whore” but that’s about it. You can see by reading many of the threads on here that I have a fairly high tolerance level and allow more rudeness than I probably should – and even then I get certain of our cybernat friends whinging.
Anyway, despite all that, Liberator is always a great read and I always learn something from it. It is sometimes hamstrung by not being able to respond immediately to things and the blog is a very welcome addition to online debate.