Hypatia: Why We are Not Weighing In

Many of us have been asked why Feminist Philosophers is not taking a public stance in the Hypatia controversy.  There are several reasons.

 1. We are a group blog.  As individuals, we hold a wide range of opinions on the topic.  There is no view that would be the blog’s view.

2. Some of us are associated in various capacities with either Hypatia or other feminist philosophy journals, and therefore feel it would be inappropriate to weigh in.

But also:

3. Some of us do not feel that online discussion of this issue is doing any good for anyone.  A variety of carefully thought-out positions have already been articulated, and we do not feel that we would have anything useful to add.  Much of the online discussion has only served to cause more pain to people on all sides who are trying their best to do what is right.  We do not want to add to this.  In short, even though we are a blog, we don’t think that online discussion is always useful.  In this case, we think further online discussion is counterproductive, and we’re not going to contribute to it.