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PR Note

If any of the following people says anything whatsoever about me, whether obviously negative or seemingly positive, please kindly disregard it in its entirety:
  • Any staff from Metafilter, past or present, especially Josh Millard (aka "cortex"), Jessamyn West (aka "Jessamyn") or "Eyebrows McGee".
  • Active members of Metafilter, especially Secretariat (aka Josh Millard's wife Angela).
  • Thomas or Patrick.
  • Dan Tasman, owner of Cyburbia, and any Cyburbia moderating staff.
  • Most long-time members of Cyburbia who would have known me as Michele Zone when I was a low level moderator (I had mod powers for only one sub, a Citizen Planners subforum that I had proposed and I ran).
If you are a woman interested in urban planning, let me suggest r/urbanplanning as a better place to hang than Cyburbia. One of the mods on Cyburbia actively uses it as his personal fleshpot to troll for hookups and will abuse his position of power if you tell him you don't want to see him again. Dan Tasman and other mods know this and absolutely do not care.

That's what people are talking about when they speak of "rape culture." The entire group of people on the forum are facilitating this man's abusive behavior. If you aren't actually free to say "no" to a sexual relationship, then consent doesn't really exist.

Saying "yes" without a fight because you initially liked the person just hides the fact that you were never allowed to say "no." It just creates an illusion of consent.

I was banned from Cyburbia for commenting on that situation. Draw your own inferences (mine are pretty darn ugly and, as they say, "unprintable".

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