Jezebel.com: approve me dammit! [by angela]
Jezebel.com, a blog geared towards feminism, empowerment, women keeping it real, and all that good stuff, has recently irked me.
The website, launched in May 2007 as a division of Gawker Media, is one of my favorites. I check it multiple times a day, everyday, and it’s even on my tool bar favorites list.
After reading this article (by my favorite Jezebel author, Tracie Egan) about The Duggar family *shudder* I was compelled to leave a comment. I said something to the effect of “Am I the only one who can’t stand the Duggar family? Having 18 children is basically a form of child abuse because you know some of those kids are neglected and doing heroin without their parents’ knowledge.” Or something like that. After making up a little profile for myself I posted the comment only to find out that “You need to audition to become a commenter. Your comments will be displayed once your account is approved.”
Whaaaaaaat? That can’t be right. A feminist mag telling me I needed to audition to be a part of the fun? I checked out the guidelines for commenting:
Characteristics of a good comment:
•Calm, courteous, reasoned disagreement, either with the opinions/facts presented in a post itself or with other commenters
•Sharing of relevant, personal anecdote (within reason)
Note: Although Jezebel editors have strong feelings on a whole host of issues — political and personal — we don’t expect everyone to share them. Nor should you. Ganging up on commenters who don’t share your point of view is not only unnecessary, it is tacky and contributes to a cliquish atmosphere that is not in the spirit of this blog.
I love you Jezebel.com, but am I the only one who thinks creating rules and standards that commenters have to fulfill in order to be featured on the site is inevitably going to create a cliquish atmosphere? Isn’t the point of feminism to be free to be you and me? Isn’t the beauty of an internet publication that people can interact with each other and express how they feel? I get what you’re trying to accomplish ladies, and sure some (lots of) people are assholes, but that’s why you have a comment moderator. To delete offensive and irrelevant comments.
Anyway you know as soon as my comment gets approved I’m gonna be talking shit to all the newbs who aren’t in the cool kids club. Suckaz!
Check out Jezebel.com for some good, estrogen-fueled reading.