Oxford Women Self-Care, a relatively new Facebook group dedicated to the wellbeing of self-identifying women in Oxford, has taken a sharply political turn in its initiation of banning members as an ideological statement.
For what appears to be the first time, a member was called “colonialist”, “especially ignorant”, and accused of “perpetuating horribly offensive stereotypes”. The post for which she was banned is posted below:
Oxford Women Self Care had previously been praised, alongside Skin Deep, for being part of a set of online liberation spaces whose culture was viewed as open and friendly – apparently in contrast to groups like Cuntry Living and No HeterOx.
Administrator Rowan Davis posted the following in response:
Another admin, Carolina Bax, apologised at length for the sympathy she had previously displayed to the original poster. Two women of colour were swiftly made administrators of the group, whose overseers were previously only white.
The term ‘white supremacist’ was used in discussion, and drama further unfolded with accusations of anti-Semitism – which have since been deleted by admins:
‘A’, herself a Jewish woman, has since also been banned. The furore continues on the group.
Those banned have been contacted for comment. The administrators declined to respond (but did post a screenshot of our reporter’s personal phone number – actually guys, it’s about ethics in shame journalism…)