So now Debra has spilled the beans on the toxic and transparent insinuations that skdadl was trying to make upthread. Actually, skdadl was trying, rather neoconnishly, to construct a Grand Narrative of this situation completely at odds with its actual history via the sort of cheap and sophomoric psychoanalysis that once upon a time, I really imagined was beneath her. I mean, she pretty much implied that this was all about Caissa and myself, and the size of our penises. Please. That's too easy a way to shut down the complaint.
The fact is that the list of female commenters who had children named by Debra were not our most prolific *female* writers, and considerably *more* prolific female (and male) writers either no longer participate or participate at a highly curtailed rate, and NOT because they had children. You know, we all have our lurkers who support us in email, so let's not play the game of pretending to defend the weak. Because, you know, you're *so* not.
You know, there really is no opposition between "logorrhea" and writing about "rich lives". In fact, we had both simultaneously once upon a time. The moderators appear to refuse to recognize that we have now quite a bit less of either, and it has been declining steadily for months. Now, it could be that we *want* to become a blog aggregator and link library (which has little to do with our certainly rich and interesting lives)---but we never had this discussion.
In fact, it was pretty impossible to have this discussion. Because the some of the present moderators were busy fishing for justifications of it.