gorgekko: If you read my post, you'll understand that I was pointing more to the philosophy of allowing self-expression (which was behind the First; after all, Jefferson et al excelled at political philosophy and owed debts to Locke et al) rather than any enforcement of the right and it's use against government intrusion.
Sigh, and if you read my post you saw that I'm not opposed to greater female participation. I'd just rather have a self-selected group that actually knew what they were talking about. I'll take Jill or Fabienne's opinion over most men I know. On the other hand, I'd take the opinion of almost anyone on this forum sooner than I'd take the average women's (and men's for that matter) opinion -- in sartorial matters of course..
So what if you're uncomfortable. (Although I really don't see why it makes you uncomfortable). That's what differing opinions sometimes do. They bring discomfort. And, the upside is that in a true open expressive environment, resolution usually is found. And, sometimes one loses his/her discomforts and finds common ground with others. Self-expression is sneaky like that.
Thanks for the civics lesson. However, I'm only interested in what I would consider to be more qualified
opinions. What makes me uncomfortable is that this board could potentially become flooded with people who don't share our values. I've seen far too many forums decline in quality because too many people with dissimiliar philosophies joined and changed the tenor. Let all the women who want to join to do so. But I won't support the active solicitation of a unknown variable who could change the forum to something less valuable then it is. Look, these are my opinions and worth precisely what you paid for them. I've only been on this board since the fall of last year so I hardly consider myself to be a respected member of this community. I merely don't want something I value to change into something that I can live without.