My last post got a bit more traffic than I was expecting.
It saw just over 200 unique visitors in the first twenty-four hours, and it's now up to 300. That's, um. More traffic than I normally get.
First of all, I just want to say that I'm a little floored by the response. It's really gratifying to hear from others who feel the same way about these issues.
I also put myself out there in a pretty major way by telling my own story, and spent most of the weekend physically sick with dread that someone was going to be a jerk about that. So far, no one has been. My defenses on that front are still jacked up to 11 and are likely to stay that way for a good long while, but I'm starting to have hope that they won't have to be forever. Which is...'nice' isn't the word. There's probably a German portmanteau for "this s--- sandwich tastes much better than it could have."
A big thank-you for all the supportive comments, hugs, re-tweets, and hell-yeahs. They mean a lot. I do want to go back and respond to comments, but it might be a little while before there's room in my brain to do so.
One common thread I've seen in a lot of the response is a desire for next steps--how do we build a more feminist, anti-racist Quakerism?
I have Things To Say about that, but I think it's important to recognize that the conversation is already happening. So before I kick off a post on that topic, I want to finish assembling a list of references and links to ongoing efforts to improve Quaker spaces.
In the meantime, if anybody wants to have a conversation with me about feminism and anti-racism in Quakerism, let's do it. Shoot me an email. I'm also a big fan of Google Hangouts. If you're in the DC area, let's grab coffee. I'm on Twitter as @leeflower, which is probably the best way to get in touch with me if you don't already have my contact information.