Why do you have such a strict commenting policy? What about free speech?

We are aware that unregulated comments can create spaces that are not safe for everyone, particularly those who are brave enough to submit their experiences. We want to encourage an understanding atmosphere where readers can, however briefly, empathize with the experiences of the writer. Comments which threaten that safety – including sexist, misogynist, racist, able-ist, homophobic, transphobic, or any language evocative of hate and/or prejudice, as well as comments that derail the conversation – will be removed.

The concept of free speech is there to ensure that your government does not silence you. It doesn’t mean we have to host hateful speech. Or as XKCD explained it:


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