Community Note

As you may recall, a few months ago, Disqus automatically switched us to its new commenting interface, but then gave us a short reprieve in which we could keep the old interface. Well, time is up, and we are being forced into the new interface this week. Unfortunately, none of the issues that we raised regarding safety and accessibility have been (or are going to be) addressed, so there are going to be some changes in our commenting policy in order to make the new interface work for us.

I'll be posting those at the end of the day today, but, in the meantime, I wanted to let you know that one of the new "features" is that I don't have the option to turn off avatars. So, if you currently have a Disqus avatar associated with your profile that you don't want seen, please take the time now to remove it at

Thanks very much for your patience and understanding during this transition.

Please be assured that I have spent an enormous amount of time researching and testing alternatives, and Disqus remains the best option for this community at this time.

Shakesville is run as a safe space. First-time commenters: Please read Shakesville's Commenting Policy and Feminism 101 Section before commenting. We also do lots of in-thread moderation, so we ask that everyone read the entirety of any thread before commenting, to ensure compliance with any in-thread moderation. Thank you.

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