take your time friend. i am here. i know the girls want their rooms back. ill just wait on the sidelines until things are ready.
Are you women willing to let sexist men have their own groups too? If not, isn't that sexual discrimination?
I found on another forum that most of the men who were prone to the knee jerk sexist posts just stayed away from the "women" group and the rest of them got "flamed" quickly by those of us men who value the differences between men and women. Many a time, even in the open forums, sexist posters were dogged enough that they would finally quit posting that way.
Also there are many men out there who value the the different approach to things that women have versus us men. By going off in a private corner you deprive us of feminine points of view as well as depriving yourselves of the masculine point of view. I have several very close friends who are lesbians or victims of men's abuse who find that the input of caring men is very often helpful.
These are just things for you women, and the staff, to consider before locking down membership in a group on the basis of sex, age (other than the very valid requirement of being at least 18), marital status or religion. Most men will not bother to read "girly crap" (their choice of words not mine - I find just as much "manly crap, if not more)
very long anyway. Also, the staff here at GP is very good at weeding out inappropriate posters (personal experience, although sometime the line between inappropriate and appropriate is kind of hazy) and if anything seem to err on the side of being overly protective if there is a questionable post.
I think, having a forum for women that is clearly labeled that way but open ot all members will be more in the the interests of all of the members, including the women, than a "private group".
I know I miss the input of the women from on the MP forum and miss the threads that were "women's" threads very much. I learned nearly as much on those threads as I did on the MJ threads and learned at least as much, if not more, from the ladies that posted growing information, including DIY, than from the men posters. Please don't wall all men out, we all suffer when we start isolating "private groups" from each other!
That is the revival of the sexual and other minority groups stereotyping and discrimination that all of us fight daily.