Is the debate over? Have the BFers won?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Is the debate over? Have the BFers won?
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Mon, 09-05-2011 - 12:55pm

When was the last time that a FFer came to the board to defend their side?

When was the last time a FFer debated with us?

When was the last time we were even called big BFing meanies?

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-16-2010
Mon, 09-05-2011 - 1:46pm

I don't think it's over, Catherine. I think it's the venue that's changed. iVillage is changing, and not for the better, while Facebook seems to rule. JMHO. :-)

Kevali


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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 09-05-2011 - 3:24pm
Facebook is old news now - the new way to socialize is Google+! LOL
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Mon, 09-05-2011 - 3:59pm

Google+ ?

Is that a new socializing network?

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Mon, 09-05-2011 - 4:03pm
Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 09-05-2011 - 4:11pm

Yes, I have been using it for several weeks, and really like it! I have invites if you are interested.

I have been posting the occasional link to the debate posts there - hoping we could get some new blood posters

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008
Sat, 09-10-2011 - 11:43am
It has been sort of dead around here as of late and there hasn't been a FF'r on this board in a long time though I not convinced yet this board is dead. While the changeover to the new board format did cause a lot of old IV members to leave, I think that gradually there will be new members who are not familiar with the old format who will join IV and the board will eventually get more active again.

I don't think the debate is over on IV. I don't think the BF on this board has won completely, even if no FF'rs are willing to debate us at the moment. I agree that on certain points, especially regarding the scientific consensus the BF'ing is superior/formula is risky, that the BF side has won hands down. There are some aspects of the debate where I think there is less of a consensus, I still believe BF'ing wins hands down in most cases.

As to suggestions that the debate has moved over to social networks like Facebook, I don't see Facebook replacing this debate board as Facebook does not provide pseudo-anonymity as you use your real name on FB (or at least your supposed to). The IV boards on the other hands allow for at pseudo-anonymity, as you use a user name that does not identify your real name and are free to not share real identity if you wish. That allows for a greater sense of freedom to share one's opinion on controversial parenting debates such as this one. There are certain debates that benefits from pseudo-anonymity in encouraging a more honest and open debate, free of worry that someone might hear your opinion on a subject who could use that against you. I would imagine that some BF'ing mothers on IV who complain about their mil's or other ext. family criticizing them for ext. BF'ing, might not be so free with their thoughts if they thought their ext. family might know what they are saying about them.

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