I have been a member of ladies groups since early 2000. Why would any one join a group that
demands that one always be on one's best behavior when posting and/or which ruthlessly moderates posts? What does
one gain by watching what one says? You gain:
ACCESSIBILITY Any one who is female and sometimes also males, can join most ladies groups.
The guidelines are broad. There are many activities (often called committees) and you do not have to be
particularly clever or able to parry insults or play intellectual games to participate. It really does pay to be a member of a club most concerned individuals can join.
VALUE FOR THE TRADITIONAL FEMININE In a ladies group, members
are not valued for their achievements at work or school as much as for their nurturing role. Graphics are feminine
and so are list topics that include recipes, crafts, and other pursuits often missing on