The best feminist Facebook groups are secret. And the most notorious are the most difficult to maintain. But there is an incredible value in the emotional labour of moderating online feminist spaces, so long as there are enough of us to keep up the work.
I help moderate a fairly large (4000+ member) group dedicated to questioning standard beauty norms in a safer space. With media attention in the past, our members are diverse, globally situated, and not all fluent in feminism. We consider the group a “feminist 101” style space and spend a lot of time educating, questioning, and managing our membership. It can be exhausting some days, explaining the same social justice concepts over and over again, trying to be heard.
But it is oh so worth it.
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