Parents as Partners has taken an increased focus as a forum to discuss sex and vent about one's partner as an individual. As this was not the intention in hand when we placed the forum I feel it is in need of a serious review and refocus to return it to the original intent as a discussion board.
Mothering has long been adamant that discussions of sex are not something that it will host beyond the few topics that are inherent to Mothering's focus here as a web presence, such as intercourse during pregnancy, after birth, sex and the family bed, the sexuality of breasts as a breastfeeding issue, discussing sex with our children, and so on.
Discussions of personal sexual relationships, sexual acts, and other general, sex-focused discussions are topics we choose to not host. This forum has taken on a very strong identity as one of being a place to talk about sex whereas the intention for the forum was never that. It is also seeing a lot of threads that are vents of personal relationship issues. While we can appreciate that a discussion forum can be a wonderful way to put one's personal problems with a partner out there for advice and support, the heavy venting and bashing about the partner is getting extreme and in many cases is leading to more drama and concern when the member's partner joins MDC to post in defense. As this is increasing in incidence and no longer a rare occurrence, I need to give it consideration and decide what we can and should host.
So the forum is now closed for review. What is found acceptable for it in keeping with the original intent of the forum will remain. What is not will be removed. Once that is completed the forum will be returned, along with a clear "rules of the forum" thread placed at the top for future posting.