Why should you see it as aimed at you, Robert? It’s addressed to all academics and editors here (and regardless of gender). Being retired doesn’t imply that it couldn’t have been pertinent at some time in the past to people who are now retired. Human nature is human nature, and fear operates as it always has.
I don’t think Sean or myself criticising Alison’s past rudeness here is sufficiently personal for you to be so upset. Preventing legitimate criticism of people who are rude—even if it is Alison who is being criticised—is not healthy.
Jamie criticised me for being rude to Muldoon when I said his poetry was crap. To be consistent you should chastise Jamie also.
Robert Hampson wrote:
If this is aimed at me, you've got the wrong man. I retired some time back.
This is not about 'safe spaces' , but whether personal comments about poets are appropriate for this list.
David Lace wrote:
Sean, it seems that the list is going through its “safe space” stage where certain topics are forbidden.
This is par for the course in many academic areas, I’m afraid. The fear of being seen as critical of women, even when only critical of a particular one, is seen as implied misogyny. Many men here have careers to protect so this is understandable I guess.