Here’s a discussion I’ve had on Twitter. Make up your own mind.
the_anke Anke Holst Jul 07, 04:05 PM
really? @women_power? I can’t even begin to write down the amount of problems I have with that.
Quote @theimp67 re. @women_power: And, oh. my. god. reading that blog, it’s like a bad case of social media buzzword / wankword bingo <- lol
Annemcx Anne McCrossan Jul 07, 04:07 PM
@the_anke a problem shared is a problem halved – me too actually
laurahyde laurahyde Jul 07, 04:16 PM
@the_anke agree totally re. your comment @women_power
Phoebe_Phoenix Rebecca Roderick Jul 07, 04:35 PM
@the_anke Hi Anke. Couldn’t help but notice your comment about @women_power. Perhaps we can talk?
the_anke Anke Holst Jul 07, 05:07 PM
@Phoebe_Phoenix Yes, maybe that would be good. So far what I’ve seen doesn’t convince me of the concept. At all.
Phoebe_Phoenix Rebecca Roderick Jul 07, 05:10 PM
@the_anke We only started yesterday! Give us a chance! Come join in. Let’s make it work for us!
the_anke Anke Holst Jul 07, 05:34 PM
@women_power the web should be the last place where we need to be judged by gender. And the word Empower makes me cringe (and not just me.)
women_power women_tweeters Jul 07, 05:47 PM
@the_anke maybe because I’ve been in South Africa, empowerment has different connotations for me. Will have a think about what you’ve said.
women_power women_tweeters Jul 07, 05:37 PM
@theimp67 The former. It’s about creating a space free of unethical followers, all of whom are interested in empowering women on the web.
theimp67 Paul I Jul 07, 05:48 PM
@women_power But why identify yourselves by gender, surely better to group round a common goal rather than a gender? @the_anke
Annemcx Anne McCrossan Jul 07, 04:50 PM
@the_anke by contribution, yes, by gender, don’t think so. Soft power has a part to play as an idea far more than as social clique, agree
theimp67 Paul I Jul 07, 06:06 PM
@Annemcx @the_anke Once you start to identify yourself by an attribute, gender in this case, you turn it in to “them and us”
women_power women_tweeters Jul 07, 06:06 PM
@theimp67 @the_anke I could write a dissertation on empowerment! 140 characs just can’t cut it! Hey you guys have been great.
women_power women_tweeters Jul 07, 05:58 PM
@theimp67 @the_anke so the title is less about having a women only group but more of a group directed at catering to women on Twitter.
women_power women_tweeters Jul 08, 08:19 AM
But that’s what sleep deprivation does. Couldn’t sleep last night. was laughing. @the_anke ‘s comments about my blog made me giggle!
the_anke Anke Holst Jul 08, 08:23 AM
RT @women_power: Couldn’t sleep last night. was laughing. @the_anke ‘s comments about my blog made me giggle! <- riiiiight.
women_power women_tweeters Jul 08, 08:27 AM
@the_anke no seriously. I meant it. I did laugh. even at the time. we need to build this. and your conversation really helped.
the_anke Anke Holst Jul 08, 08:25 AM
.@women_power so now, rather than answering honest concerns I share with @annemcx, @laurahyde etc re. your concept, you choose to ridicule?
women_power women_tweeters Jul 08, 08:31 AM
@the_anke @annemcx, @laurahyde If you don’t want to that’s also ok.But I wasn’t ridiculing you in any way.I thought your comments helpful.
women_power women_tweeters Jul 08, 08:43 AM
@the_anke @annemcx, @laurahyde @theimp67 But I think we can work with that going forward!
The blog is full of meaningless platitudes like empowering women.
On asking for clarification of this term, not only did I not get any clearer but also felt ridiculed.
There is no clarification about the challenges we are supposed to be feeling which a special women’s corner is supposed to be helping with.
Please add your comments below. No, really. Do. I’ve got the swine flu so I’m supposed to be resting.