Only on certain conditions.
Note to readers: this is essentially all rather meta, and likely to be of interest only to those who already know what’s going on. Feel free to ignore.
The comments transcribed below and screencapped at right have now been removed from the thread because they are not on-topic. This is, however, as many of you reading know, an ongoing problem with this one individual engaging in cyberstalking behaviour.
Lauredhel then raised this point:
You’ve said that you stopped before, Paul. Yet, your most recent harassing activity has been within the past week. For all I know, within the past day. There is absolutely no reason anyone should believe you. Not now, and not for a long, long time.
I have now received an undertaking that this person will no longer attempt to post here using a female avatar or name that he could then use to bolster credibility as a pseudonym elsewhere. Under those conditions, I am willing to publish his comments that otherwise abide by our comments policy.
So, we shall see.
ADDENDUM 2010/04/14 (taken from a comment onthread): a point of clarification for any lurkers: the problem with Paul’s activities is not simply that he has switched genders in his online personas that he uses to contact other feminist bloggers offline. Genderqueering or altering gender presentation per se is totally acceptable on this blog or any other forum I moderate. Deconstruction/fluidifying of culturally acquired norms is a good thing.
The problem with Paul’s activities is him presenting that persona as having had fictional abuse problems that he knows are common shared histories amongst the group of women he is contacting, and asking those people for advice as if he is a real life troubled young woman. Anyone who doesn’t see that this is creepy as fuck needs to spend a great deal of thinking time on the matter.
UPDATE 2011-08-13 – a further post with more information about this particular morphing nuisance. https://hoydenabouttown.com/2011/08/13/repostcrosspost-because-this-psa-is-still-needed-can-i-talk-to-you-troll/
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