Guidelines for Posting to this Listserv
ASUW Womens Action Coalition
asuwomn at u.washington.edu
Thu Nov 11 14:09:07 PST 1999
Dear WAC Posters,
Picture email this way: it has been posted on the wall of every building
from here to Kansas and beyond. Anything you write, in fact, is floating
not in a private little world of chats with friends and people you know
but anyone who is subscribed to this listserv.
As I pointed out when I spoke to the Daily, WAC is open to all women on
campus. What does this mean? It means, in part, women who may or may not
be comfortable with words that may be considered obscene. It means that
regardless of one's political affiliations, WAC represents the women of
this campus. While I agree that a History of Women's Sexuality event is
doable and a viable expression with room for all, I have allowed myself to
go too far in possibly encouraging too many events that will be exclusive
to the people who plan them. Remember from the Second Wave, ladies?
Sisterhood is powerful, but we have to include as many people as possible.
So, with that in mind, here are the guidelines for posting on this
1) Please don't use any words and/or phrases you wouldn't say in front of
your grandmother. For all you know, your grandmother subscribes to this
2) Please remember that the purpose of WAC is to include as many people as
possible in our events, the planning of them, and feeling comfortable
coming and talking to me. WAC isn't, and can't be, and /shouldn't/be,
limited to women who
think like you and act like you, because there's a lot of diversity in
this group -- and I want to encourage more.
3) WAC receives its funding on an annual basis. If we are seen as an
embarrassment or a burden on the ASUW or the University, our funding could
theoretically be cut or disappear. Our ability to advocate for women
with it. The funding for WAC was cut substantially two years ago, and I
don't want to see this office disappear.
4) WAC is a respected voice on campus. The reason we have committee seats
and are able to push for women's issues is that we are respected, and
respectable. T hat isn't a bad thing, and I'd like to keep us in a
position of respect.
There have been two requests to be removed from the listserv in the past
day. I assume that these are related to recent postings. We cannot drive
constitutents away. We need each others' ideas and input.
PLease, before you send anything, ask yourself what impression of WAC this
would give if the Daily printed it. They could, and I want to spend more
time planning events and working with you than playing catch-up in WAC's
Because email is such an easy method of communication, these things are
easy to forget. I forget them sometimes. But please just remember that
the goal is to make some change, to educate some people, and not to drive
people away. You can't teach someone if they're afraid of you, and they
can't listen if they don't take you seriously.
Okay. Soapbox over. I trust you guys.
ASUW Women's Action Coalition
University of Washington
Husky Union Building Rm.201
SAO 17 Box 352238
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.543.1817 Fax: 206.685.4310
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