A topic which was subsequently locked as I was typing a response, included the comment:
"I have been a member of this forum for four years. I have never seen any working lady get such negative reactions from so many punters. In that time we have had plenty of working ladies speak their minds, and their opinions were respected. We continue to have working ladies, as regular contributors, who speak their minds. I think it fair to say we appreciate and value their input. I know I do."
My thoughts on this are that while WLs who express more moderate views are welcomed, I have witnessed outspoken ladies being attacked, or at the very least made to feel it isn't a place safe to express a forthright opinion in.
First example is Stephenie Hunter who stopped posting regularly before I joined. I have read quite a number of her contributions, including the thread she was recently active on (about luxury escorts who offer CBJ). I think she came under fire quite a lot of the time.
The other example is Inga Nord who also had a 'take no prisoners' style of debating. She also suffered a barrage of criticism.
There are many punters on this forum who have strong opinions. Some are extremely outspoken and make highly inflammatory statements. I won't name them, but the politics thread has a few good examples. These posters don't seem to get a fraction as much criticism as outspoken WLs. Why might that be?
Is it the boys' club nature of PP? Is it because some punters are misogynists? Of course radfems would say all punters are misogynists. Is it as simple as the old cliché about an opinionated man being "strong", but an opinionated woman being a "bitch"? I'm not sure.
For what it's worth, I haven't felt in any way shushed or quietened on PP, but suspect that may be due to the unusual position I hold as an ex WL and current punter. Many people disagree with my opinions (especially about price!) but we can usually agree to disagree and move on.