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Offline dad1216

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Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« on: April 04, 2008, 12:16:29 PM »
Not to hijack another thread…

I totally support the forum of Positive Women and the support and comfort it has given the awesome women of this community…since we have such a diverse community here, I am wondering if it is not time for a forum for Man Talk…the same rules as is followed for the women…but a place for men to talk about issues without input from the lovely ladies…guys have issues that can be dealt with by talking and sharing with another guy….and we do have some issues….cheating wives/bf/gf…custody…divorce…sex...vasectomy...anal warts...you get the point…and not to create a separation of the men and women…as there are many times when a woman’s point of view is priceless…but I would think men should have the same option as women do here when they want to talk about something….as to where they want to post a subject…and who's views they want...just my thoughts

Bob 
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Offline bear60

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2008, 12:20:22 PM »
I think the reason that the Womens Forum is so successful is that women do know how to talk.  I dont think men do. I mean heterosexual men mostly.
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Offline Queen Tokelove

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2008, 01:51:47 PM »
I don't think it is a bad idea at all actually. Just like the men lurk in our forums, I would definitely lurk in the men's forum. It would be interesting to see what men do care about or their concerns. I hope you get your wish, Bob.
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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2008, 01:55:56 PM »
I second Dad's idea!  In fact, there are often times where I've thought it would be nice to 'bury' a thread a bit... sort of like me never reading the Women's forum.  There are times when something's not totally HIV related but not so casual as to be in off topic.  Can we get some other input and thought from Those in Charge?

Bear's right, too... women and gay men sure do know how to talk!  I just had lunch with my favorite lady (some of you met her in S.F.).  We did manage to find a bit of time to eat.   :D

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Offline Dachshund

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2008, 02:06:53 PM »
I really don't see the need. It doesn't appear the men have ever been shy about posting on any topic before, warts and all.

Offline Winiroo

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2008, 02:12:11 PM »
I understand the desire. It would be nice if ladies could post to other ladies without lurkers. I withhold sharing some things because I might be monitored.

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2008, 02:14:48 PM »
I could actually careless if I'm 'monitored' in what I post.  But that's me.
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2008, 02:16:30 PM »
ditto
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Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2008, 06:02:07 PM »
Matty the Damned opposes in the strongest possible terms the notion of a "mens forum".

Every forum in this place is a fucking men's forum. Men never shut up around here. All we ever hear about is men, men, men. "I can't get it up", "I'm going bald", "I've got fat around my cock that wasn't there before.", "Why is my lover sleeping around?", "When will I find a wife to clean up after me?"

Blah, blah, blah.

Since the positive women's forum was started, more HIV+ women participate here. Presumably because there's a place for them to get away from moaning, whining men in their lives. A place to be free from comments about the size of their tits, and juvenile references to menstruation.

Boys, do you ever wonder why there are some women here who never post outside of Poz Women? It's because of the men.

So the day when a man can demonstrate that he's unable to post about his shit because of the outrageous behaviour of women is the day we should have a specific men's forum.

Oy.  ::)

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Offline mjmel

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2008, 06:20:02 PM »
I agree with what Matty and bear60 wrote.

Mike

amended: a 'mens only' corner would have the gay men and straight men exchanging ideas without the soft, delicate buffer of women. oh my! that just would not be civil, would it.
« Last Edit: April 05, 2008, 06:54:09 AM by mjmel »

Offline Snowangel

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2008, 06:28:37 PM »
Is this one of those times?  ;)

Why don't you just say you don't want a womens point of view or want us to reply in the thread?

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Offline thunter34

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2008, 07:16:49 PM »
After much moaning and kvetching with the inauguration of the Positive Women's Forum, I tabled this subject on behalf of the men of this site a year ago.  Read it here:


http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=11022.0


I did so with the most diplomatic of intentions, but have zero interest in doing so again.  Largely because, despite numerous PM's that I received from other posters on the subject, almost no one would man up and say so when I presented it publicly for them.  I found that very telling.

I will break from Matty, Bear, Doxie and others in saying that if there was a strong conviction for the need of this additional forum,  I would support anyone in the seeking of it.  I suspect that would be my position for just about any subset one might suggest if it was in the legitimate interest of breaking down barriers to communication as it relates to the positive members of this site.   I am not entirely convinced of that necessity here, to be frank about it.  I personally have no need of it whatsoever.  That said, if such a space was instituted, I would do my best to partake in exchanges there whenever I felt I had something to contribute.

I don't think it's a fair assessment, however, to dismiss the suggestion at the outset by saying "the whole site is already a men's site" simply by virtue of the member demographics.  As it is, it is a shared site  with a membership largely consisting of men, but with a separate section available to women.  There is technically a difference in that respect.  It's kind of like saying that just because there are mostly men at the gym, there's no real need for a men's locker room.  Perhaps that's an awkward analogy, but I think you can get what I mean by that.  The fact that it's mostly men here does not automatically nullify the need some men might feel for a sense of privacy, and if some men here really feel they do need this I don't think they should be berated for it.

But whatever.  If some of you feel you need that, make your proposal if you want. 
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Offline Queen Tokelove

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2008, 07:46:46 PM »
I could actually careless if I'm 'monitored' in what I post.  But that's me.

I agree
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Offline thunter34

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2008, 08:04:59 PM »
I agree

Same here.  At nearly 5,500 posts, I would be hard-pressed to claim any anxieties on that front. 

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Offline sharkdiver

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2008, 09:12:24 PM »
I really don't think there would be anything wrong with a men's forum,

after all they have this....
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Offline Winiroo

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2008, 10:08:56 PM »
Clutch the pearls, I haven't seen that in forever. LOL

Good one dear

Offline DCGUY2007

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2008, 11:42:20 PM »
Sounds interesting. But I also enjoy getting a womans point of view. Although I am gay I enjoy having women give comments too. Seems to balance things out.

Offline thunter34

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2008, 12:48:46 AM »
My question is this:  If we get all the men on one side of the forums and all the women on the other, who would still be found in the middle?

I dunno...but my money's on me, Sharkie and Bettytacy.





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« Last Edit: April 05, 2008, 12:51:15 AM by thunter34 »
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Offline Winiroo

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2008, 02:24:03 PM »
The middle is fine with me unless I want to talk about my uterus or girly crap.

Offline sharkdiver

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2008, 02:32:03 PM »
My question is this:  If we get all the men on one side of the forums and all the women on the other, who would still be found in the middle?

I dunno...but my money's on me, Sharkie and Bettytacy.





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oh sweetheart I think we three would get into a lot of trouble.....which would not be a bad thing

Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2008, 04:55:00 PM »
Personally, I like diversity and the more opinions the better.

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #21 on: April 05, 2008, 05:39:41 PM »
oh sweetheart I think we three would get into a lot of trouble.....which would not be a bad thing

Are you kidding me!!!..we would have to employ a full time Mod just to keep an eye of you three... :D.

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2008, 09:08:22 PM »
damn, i don't really know!!!

if there is a need i guess a men's space should be created. i don't have a problem posting about my issues here. i guess the point is for other men who do have issues posting there concerns in an open forum. if that space (a men's' thread) will give the others the comfort & security they need to resolve their concerns then so be it. while i strongly agree with mtd, timmy's point is pressing also. i guess another forum would be great for men. its a lot better than typing "oh, and no women please" after comments.

but will it end? will we need a latino space, a gay space, a black space, etc...? hmm, sounds like this could be a journey down the rabbit's hole.

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Offline Winiroo

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2008, 11:12:43 PM »
You've made an excellent point next2u.

Offline thunter34

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2008, 11:43:41 PM »
damn, i don't really know!!!

if there is a need i guess a men's space should be created. i don't have a problem posting about my issues here. i guess the point is for other men who do have issues posting there concerns in an open forum. if that space (a men's' thread) will give the others the comfort & security they need to resolve their concerns then so be it. while i strongly agree with mtd, timmy's point is pressing also. i guess another forum would be great for men. its a lot better than typing "oh, and no women please" after comments.

but will it end? will we need a latino space, a gay space, a black space, etc...? hmm, sounds like this could be a journey down the rabbit's hole.

Well said, next.  Look, guys and gals:

(1.)  I steadfastly hold to my argument that some men may in fact wish to have a space to talk about "guy things" without commentary from the women.

(2.)  I also wholeheartedly get Matty and Doxie's assessment that sheer demographics largely makes this whole site seem like a "men's forum" at the outset.

With that in mind, couldn't this privacy aim be achieved much more simply in the way that snow essentially suggested?  Is an entirely separate forum  necessary to hit this goal?  I don't think so.  Why not just take a cue from the women and have recurring "Men's Talk" threads?  If you label it, say:  "Men's Talk 1:  I've got a funny knot on my nut sack", "Men's Talk 2:  I can't get it up", etc. and state in the OP that you'd like to table it for just the men, I have little doubt the women here would graciously oblige.  Yes, they may read...but in all honestly, as it is we can still read everything they are posting in their forum now if we really want to.  I currently skip over their threads based on title alone because I see what it is and respectfully pass.  I have no reason to think they would not extend the same courtesy towards us if it was asked of them.

Someone posted a thread last night about "Straight HIV+ Dating".  I think that is a wonderful idea.  It's a dialogue that clearly needs to be happening.  Thing is, it has  been happening for the gals for some time now.  Trouble is...the men can't join in with them there in the discussion.  What to do?  Exactly what that poster did:  Start your own, and he did so most courteously.  My hope is that the straight men who have been decrying the inability to have this exchange will not just dismiss it out of hand and expect it never to really happen.  Instead, I hope they forge ahead and just continue the dialogue on their own.  I'll lay money that if a sincere dialogue continues, you'll soon find both the men and women participating in it...and you're off and running.  No reason at all (that I can see) that there can't be a Living With recurring dating thread similar to the one that I've been seeing pop up month after month as a cornerstone thread of the PW Forum. 

If you've really got something to say, people will listen.  If you've really got an earnest request, people will heed it. 

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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2008, 03:18:58 AM »
I'd like to propose that there be a "Fierce" section of the forums.
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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #26 on: April 06, 2008, 10:20:36 AM »
I'd like to propose that there be a "Fierce" section of the forums.

Best suggestion yet. 
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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #27 on: April 09, 2008, 10:08:41 AM »
So I guess the suggestion of a men's forum is going nowhere, or was it not 'formally' suggested to Those In Charge?
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #28 on: April 09, 2008, 10:14:14 AM »
I just fail to see the point.  As it is, AIDSmeds is 90% male anyway, no?  Should we also make an HIV section of the forums?  That will get rid of the HIV-negative interlopers.
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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #29 on: April 09, 2008, 10:25:41 AM »
So I guess the suggestion of a men's forum is going nowhere, or was it not 'formally' suggested to Those In Charge?

Well, I have to say that gives some credence to the argument that it is just some men bitchin'.  Same thing happened last time.  Some guys moaned and groaned about it, but fell dead silent once it was publicly aired for them.   

I always said that I don't personally have much of a need for it - and have since said that I can see the same thing being acheived by way of "Men's Talk" threads if need be. 

Has dad1216 even been online since he posted this? 
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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #30 on: April 09, 2008, 10:27:40 AM »
Yes, he was on this morning actually...but apparently doesn't feel the need to comment further on it.

So there ya go.  Once again, very telling.
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Offline Queen Tokelove

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #31 on: April 09, 2008, 10:28:49 AM »
Interesting opinions but is there actually a forum for men like that anywhere? Probably not, so maybe one of you men should take the initiative and start one if it doesn't happen here. Just because this site may be 90 percent men, does not mean that straight men don't have the need to talk. Are they not suppose to talk and just suck it up cause society says it is the thing men are suppose to do. And I love my gay men but you guys know you do nothing but talk and no one is going to stop you from talking.... :D :-* So why shouldn't the straight, butch, macho, rico- suave guys have a spot? Just saying....
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Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #32 on: April 09, 2008, 10:35:18 AM »
I think Tim had the right idea ... just make your topic fit your audience ie

To the blk men out there ...

To the gay men out there ...

To the married bisexual italian guys ...

You get the idea.  And if someone else wants to peak they are going to no matter what but thats probably all they will do.

Just my two cents ... and if you don't like them I'd like them back 'cause I'm poor & cheap.
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Offline thunter34

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #33 on: April 09, 2008, 10:51:18 AM »
Just my two cents ... and if you don't like them I'd like them back 'cause I'm poor & cheap.

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #34 on: April 09, 2008, 11:51:11 AM »
Looks like the opinions are about 50-50…I understand the part of starting specific threads, however it isn’t the same as a separate forum…where rules apply as to who can post…sure you can say in a thread who you want to reply, but it doesn’t stop those that you don’t want to…I mean my first argument would be it’s posted in an open forum to all…

So to the moderators, I ask…if I posted in Living With and said “no gay men” would they make sure none replied and warn them if they did…what a nightmare for them.

I still think there is a need, and could possibly add more to our community, as the women’s forum sure brought more women here…

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #35 on: April 09, 2008, 12:11:25 PM »
Looks like the opinions are about 50-50…I understand the part of starting specific threads, however it isn’t the same as a separate forum…where rules apply as to who can post…sure you can say in a thread who you want to reply, but it doesn’t stop those that you don’t want to…I mean my first argument would be it’s posted in an open forum to all…

So to the moderators, I ask…if I posted in Living With and said “no gay men” would they make sure none replied and warn them if they did…what a nightmare for them.

I still think there is a need, and could possibly add more to our community, as the women’s forum sure brought more women here…


So now let's be specific here.  Is your goal to bring more men  here...or just more straight men?

And I don't see mods monitoring that request as any more difficult than monitoring/moving posts from the PW Forum, but I have to ask again:

Would that request of yours be that no women respond to your "Man Talk" threads or that no gay men  respond?  Because, ya know...gay men are  men. 

There is no dearth of men here, dad.  Just perhaps straight men.  This post of yours is again very revealing.

Do tell:  What exactly is your real intention here?  Is it a men's forum...or a straight men's forum?
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Offline thunter34

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #36 on: April 09, 2008, 12:33:58 PM »
Looks like the opinions are about 50-50…I understand the part of starting specific threads, however it isn’t the same as a separate forum…where rules apply as to who can post…sure you can say in a thread who you want to reply, but it doesn’t stop those that you don’t want to…I mean my first argument would be it’s posted in an open forum to all…

Well, so what?  I mean, would it really be that crushing if someone you didn't "want" to post in your thread did?  If that's true, heaven help you.  There are batshit crazy people who post in my threads - and even send me PM's - that I don't want  to hear from all the time. 

Again, aside from a random accidental post, I am willing to bet that the women would honor your request to stay out of your Men's Talk threads.  This again makes me suspect that maybe your real motive is a discussion with only other heterosexual males.  And you know what?  That's cool, babe - if that's what you think you need.  There has been a Hetero Dating Thread up that I haven't touched - cuz it doesn't concern me.  I just think that if a Hetero Male (or just plain "Hetero") forum is what you are really seeking, you should own up and say so.
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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #37 on: April 09, 2008, 12:39:10 PM »
I guess my question would be what would be the harm in a forum just for men?  Would I post there?  Who knows.  Although it wouldn't be specifically designated for straight men, I can see where there might be a time when they would want the general audiance to be men.  As much as we gay men can blab on and on about just about anything, we generally do try to respond to questions if we can.

Say, for example, that a HIV+ man wants to ask something about dealing with his negative wife.  He wants to know how other men have dealt with it.  If he asked this in a men's only forum, he would only get responses from men (duh).  Just like I may have some insight to a question in the Positive Women's forum, that's too bad; I can't post there.  If the OP had wanted my input, she wouldn't have posted there.  One can add something like 'men only, please' to a post and put it in OT or LW, but we all know how well that works. 

Face it, adding a men's only forum wouldn't divide us any more than a woman's forum.  It also wouldn't mean that we need to have one for gay men only, blacks only, Asians only , etc as we'd all still fit into the women's or men's forum.

Again, I don't see me posting in it, but why not? Would it hurt?  Not likely.  Would it help?  Quite possibly.

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #38 on: April 09, 2008, 12:42:40 PM »
So now let's be specific here.  Is your goal to bring more men  here...or just more straight men?

And I don't see mods monitoring that request as any more difficult than monitoring/moving posts from the PW Forum, but I have to ask again:

Would that request of yours be that no women respond to your "Man Talk" threads or that no gay men  respond?  Because, ya know...gay men are  men. 

There is no dearth of men here, dad.  Just perhaps straight men.  This post of yours is again very revealing.

Do tell:  What exactly is your real intention here?  Is it a men's forum...or a straight men's forum?

Your Gaydar must be broke.....I am far from being a straight man

I sure wouldn't be allowed in a straight men's forum, so that is not my intentions....although maybe they need one

so not as revealing as you thought.....

I just think that the women get some great comfort and support in their forum talking about their issues...and just thought that men could use the same....no matter what their orientation is...

And would it be all that bad if their were more straight men here...

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Offline thunter34

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #39 on: April 09, 2008, 12:44:08 PM »
So there ya go.  Perhaps having a Men's Only Forum will bring out lurking men into the site (mostly hetero men, I can only assume, as we queens are everywhere on here).

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #40 on: April 09, 2008, 12:52:37 PM »
Your Gaydar must be broke.....I am far from being a straight man

I sure wouldn't be allowed in a straight men's forum, so that is not my intentions....although maybe they need one

so not as revealing as you thought.....

I just think that the women get some great comfort and support in their forum talking about their issues...and just thought that men could use the same....no matter what their orientation is...

And would it be all that bad if their were more straight men here...



My Gaydar works just fine, though does tend to get thrown off when someone such as yourself posts about requesting "no gay men" respond to his threads.

And no - in my opinion, it would not be "all that bad" if more straight men were here.  If they are out there reading this and feeling alone and without support, I urge them to get over their fears and join us. 

Further:  If there is actually a swell of men out there who are resisting joining in much needed discussions here on the basis of there not being a Men's Only section, then I urge them to contact The Powers That Be and say so.  If a legitimate need reveals itself, it will be met.  If it's only the occasional grumblings of one or two men here and there....maybe not.
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Offline dad1216

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #41 on: April 09, 2008, 01:06:25 PM »
My Gaydar works just fine, though does tend to get thrown off when someone such as yourself posts about requesting "no gay men" respond to his threads.

My point was that you can't say who you want in a thread....and I picked the largest group in the community as a reference...that's all
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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #42 on: April 09, 2008, 01:26:56 PM »
I would like to ask that a GAY HIV+ MIDDLE AGED BTM BAPTIST DEACON forum be established..... :)

Seriously, a line must be drawn somewhere.  I think hunter's suggestion of "Men Talk's" might work.  However that too could be taken to extreme by someone's title being White Straight Men's Talk only.....   
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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #43 on: April 09, 2008, 01:49:03 PM »
I personally could care less if there's a men's forum.  We women, though, are respectable enough not to post in threads where our input is not wanted.  Unfortunately, that's not been the case in our women's forum with some men, who have posted in there irregardless.  (No offense to those of you who don't)  Our bodies have distinct differences when it comes to HIV that most of us only feel comfortable talking about with other ladies.  The majority of men here (that I've observed) don't seem to mind putting it out there 'for all to see,' so to speak.  If one of you men put in the title 'men only please,' believe me, we women would have enough sense to not respond.  Yes, we could still read it, but the men can also read the women's forum, so what's the difference.  This is just my opinion.
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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #44 on: April 09, 2008, 01:55:39 PM »
I personally could care less if there's a men's forum.  We women, though, are respectable enough not to post in threads where our input is not wanted.  Unfortunately, that's not been the case in our women's forum with some men, who have posted in there irregardless.  (No offense to those of you who don't)  Our bodies have distinct differences when it comes to HIV that most of us only feel comfortable talking about with other ladies.  The majority of men here (that I've observed) don't seem to mind putting it out there 'for all to see,' so to speak.  If one of you men put in the title 'men only please,' believe me, we women would have enough sense to not respond.  Yes, we could still read it, but the men can also read the women's forum, so what's the difference.  This is just my opinion.

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #45 on: April 09, 2008, 02:47:40 PM »
This post of yours is again very revealing.


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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #46 on: April 09, 2008, 03:02:25 PM »
Of course, there's also no guarantee that all "women" on here are in fact women and vice versa.

*cough cough*
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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #47 on: April 09, 2008, 03:19:15 PM »
Of course, there's also no guarantee that all "women" on here are in fact women and vice versa.

*cough cough*

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Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #48 on: April 09, 2008, 04:31:49 PM »
The majority of men here (that I've observed) don't seem to mind putting it out there 'for all to see,' so to speak. 

I find that very offensive .... ok ... even I didn't buy that one.  Don't see the need for one but don't see a big harm if thats what the Big Brothers & Sisters (didn't want to offend) decide.  I just like as many opinions as I can get.  I know I'm not always right (but not often wrong)  :D  So, I'm greatful to be able to see things from another angle.

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Offline dad1216

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Re: Times when I don't want a woman's point of view...
« Reply #49 on: April 09, 2008, 04:57:21 PM »
Our bodies have distinct differences when it comes to HIV that most of us only feel comfortable talking about with other ladies. 

That the whole point....

There may be men out there that only feel comfortable talking with other men about their distinct differences...

Am i the only one that has ever gotten anything from a "man to man" conversation...besides the obvious  ;)

I just think that with the success of the womens forum, it could be just as successful for some men...
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