About Spinster

Spinster is a woman-centric website created to provide a platform for feminist dialogue.

Spinster was founded by radical feminist writer M. K. Fain and her partner, Alex Gleason. It is owned and operated by Spinster LLC, registered in Pennsylvania, USA.

Server rules

The moderators are going to use their best judgment to enforce these guidelines. However, we realize there are gray areas. Rules may be changed at any time for any purpose. If you have a complaint about moderation, please email: [email protected]

Our current mods are: @ninapaley, @vaishax, and @theAVclub

  1. No hate speech

    We support open and civil dialogue on social and political issues, but do it respectfully. Moderators will use their discretion.

  2. No threats of violence or glorification of violence

    This includes but is not limited to: pro-Nazi propaganda, white nationalist content, threats against women for disagreeing with you, and promotion of violence against non-human animals.

  3. No doxxing, stalking, or harassment

    We may take your behavior offsite into account when assessing this. For example, posting un-censored, private, screenshots to another site with the intent to harass users. We may also include incitement to any of the below.

  4. No content that is illegal for us to host in the United States

    Links to illegal content on other sites will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

  5. No pornography of any kind

    This includes, but is not limited to, content for the sole purpose of sexually objectifying women, or for participation in the sale of another human for sex.

  6. NSFW must be behind a Content Warning

    NSFW = "Not Safe for Work", and includes nudity, or anything exceptionally vulgar or graphic - even if shared for educational purposes.

  7. No Spam
  8. Must be 13+ to join

If you violate the rules

You may receive one warning, and the offending comment will be deleted. After the first warning, you may be banned from the server without an additional warning. You will not be able to retrieve your data. We may not always issue a warning if there has been a pattern of unwelcome behavior.

You may view the full Spinster Moderator handbook here to understand how we interpret these rules and take action: Moderator Handbook

Server-level silencing and suspension

The moderators reserve the right to silence or block any servers which exist for the primary purpose of violating one of our rules or violates user privacy. If you feel your instance has been suspended in error, please email: [email protected]

Currently suspended instances

  • Reason: Spam[1]
    • weedis.life
    • freefedifollowers.ga
    • 4chan.icu
  • Reason: Violating User Privacy
    • pleroma.online
    • pl.veryamt.com
  • Reason: Porn/Sex Trafficking
    • kink.town
    • twimblr.xyz
    • humblr.social
    • ksinblr.com
    • xxxtumblr.org
    • nsfw.social

[1]: The "Spam" list is hard to keep up with due to ongoing spam attacks. We've suspended many domains not listed here due to them attacking our server with spam.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is Spinster/the Fediverse?
  2. How safe am I on Spinster?
  3. Are men allowed on Spinster?
  4. Who can see our posts?
  5. What privacy options for we have?
  6. What is the relationship with Gab?

1. What is Spinster/the Fediverse?

The Fediverse is a decentralized way to do social media. Rather than having a single central force that controls everything (like Twitter), there are over 4,500 of unique servers which all speak to each other. Spinster is one of these servers - and is currently one of the top 50 servers by user count.

Each server has its own rules. Most servers are hostile to women/feminism, and will ban people who defend women's sex-based rights. One of the biggest servers, Gab, is a Free Speech instance - meaning anything goes. They don't ban you for being GC, but it's also hostile to women. We decided to make Spinster to give real feminists a place in the Fediverse where they can be safe to express their views without being banned by their home server, or harassed by men.

You'll notice three timelines: Home, Spinster, and the Fediverse:

  • Home: Everyone you follow, from any server
  • Spinster: Everyone on this server
  • Fediverse: Everyone on Spinster + the people they follow

There are some servers we already ban or silence - such as servers that promote porn. There are also some servers who have already banned or silenced us. Overall, the Fediverse is a great way to both have a local community where we can feel safe to talk, and access to a wider audience.

2. How safe am I on Spinster?

As with any interaction you have online - you should be mindful of your personal information when interacting on Spinster. Anyone can see your public posts - so please do not post anything that you feel would put you at personal risk (such as contact info, place of employment, etc). We are NOT isolated, and anyone can join. If you would like to protect your privacy further, you may want to sign up with a new email (note: we do not allow temporary email services), and/or use a VPN.

3. Are men allowed on Spinster?

Yes - men are allowed. Spinster is women-centric in that everything we do here is geared towards women, and we put their needs first. However, we have no way to a reasonable way to check anyone's sex, especially with open registration. Think of it like Twitter - anyone can join. The difference is that we won't ban you for saying feminist things. This way, we can get our message out without being silenced.

4. Who can see our posts?

By default, your posts will appear in the Home timeline of anyone who follows you, the Spinster timeline of everyone else on Spinster, and the Fediverse timeline of anyone who we Federate with (this is mostly servers that someone on here follows, or who follows us).

If *anyone* goes to your user profile (unless they are logged in from a blocked account) they will be able to see all of your public posts.

5. What privacy options for we have?

You can make your profile visible to followers only in your Preferences if you want to. You can also change the visibility on a post using the third icon (the globe) in the post options.

View a detailed How-To guide on Spinster privacy options here.

6. What is the relationship with Gab?

Spinster is an independent platform owned by Spinster LLC. Neither Gab nor Mastodon were consulted when Spinster was created, and our communication with them is limited.

Spinster runs on software called Soapbox. Soapbox is based on Mastodon, and includes code developed by Gab for Gab Social. Soapbox was originally created for Spinster, but now powers other sites including Neenster and Glindr.

Soapbox, Mastodon, and Gab Social are all open source software, and may be copied by anyone without permission.

Warrant Canary

Spinster publishes a monthly statement at spinster.xyz/canary regarding law enforcement requests. We update this message manually each month, including a cryptographic signature using keys from keybase.io/spinster. This message should not disappear, and the signature should match our keys on Keybase.

Spinster is owned and operated by Spinster LLC, registered in Pennsylvania, USA.

Safeguarding our users' data is vital to the trust our users place in our service to keep their data secure. For the most part, Spinster's ability to disclose user information is governed by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. §2701, et seq. ("ECPA"). ECPA mandates that Spinster disclose certain user information to law enforcement only in response to specific types of legal process, including subpoenas, court orders, and search warrants.

We notify users and provide them with a copy of any legal process regarding their account unless we are prohibited by law or court order from doing so (e.g., an order under 18 U.S.C. § 2705(b)). In those cases, we will notify users and provide them with a copy of the legal process when the non-disclosure order expires.

Where permitted, Spinster prefers to receive service via email to [email protected]. Legal process can also be served by mail to our Commercial Registered Office Provider at:

Registered Agents Inc
1150 First Avenue, Suite 511
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Not sure if Spinster is right for you?

Preview the public Spinster timeline on Fediverse.network, or check out the list of all available instances you could join!

See you on the Fediverse!

Open Source

Spinster runs free and open source (FOSS) software licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License version 3 (AGPL3).

Source code: https://gitlab.com/soapbox-pub/soapbox