Editor’s Note: Here and on the FB group I often get asked for advice or an opinion, mostly about clothes but sometimes about other stuff. So I’m starting this feature, randomly, for us to weigh in. NOT POLITICS. But life.
In the fall of 2023 I put forward to the group this thinking. I think of Ivy-Style as somewhat of a public trust,, and I KNOW it is the largest and most comprehensive by far representation of the Ivy aesthetic. The site did go through a period, though, where some of the content did not reflect what I would deem Ivy-appropriate values. Again, not politics. In the interests of inclusion, I polled us about whether or not to edit or remove these posts.
The result was an almost universal leave-it-as-it-is. And so I did.
Several weeks ago, I received an email from a former contributor to the site. They pointed me to a specific post that they had written, which included a picture of themselves, and said that they no longer believed the position that they had taken in the post. Would I please take it down? Or at least remove their image and some information about themselves (nothing that would allow you to locate them or compromise their safety)?
I thought about the position of the group (’cause personally I would yank that s**t down in a hot minute) and proposed this. I explained the group’s position, but suggested that this individual write a new piece explaining how their thinking had evolved. They declined, and a little more forcefully asked that their image be taken down and their name be removed as author of the piece.
What would you do?