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Today is a big day for the Ovarit project: we are now accepting donations from our supporters.

This journey started for me in 2013. I had concerns about a political movement that redefined the word "woman" and rapidly shifted the Overton Window on allowable feminist opinions. Redefined terminology effectively wiped out entire realms of feminist analysis by making them impossible to understand. Feminism could no longer be discussed without social repercussions. I felt like I was losing my mind because everyone I knew in political circles suddenly flipped their views on feminism, what a woman is, and how we are oppressed in patriarchies. The only clear directive was that you weren't allowed to question the new dogma.

When I found r/GenderCritical I was relieved to find I wasn't alone. Other people noticed the same issues and had the same concerns. Over the years, we created many communities that rejected this redefinition of "woman" and defied a political movement that repeatedly derailed movements for women's rights and liberation.

When our communities were suddenly deplatformed we decided that would not be the end of them. We immediately got to work building Ovarit so we could host communities ourselves, without fear that the platform we used would change its policies without warning and ban us without notice again.

The people trying to prevent women from organizing against the roll-back of our rights are trying to isolate us from one another. They want to prevent us from finding each other. They want to silence us. They would erase our dissent from all records if they could. They know they can't win by debating us. They never even consider if it is wrong to suppress women instead of attempting to discuss the issues with us.

I’ve covered the costs of running Ovarit because it's of vital importance to me that these communities exist, that censorship doesn't stop us from speaking up and organizing, and that we're able to find each other and find out that we're not alone. It made the difference for me. I don't want any other woman to be left in isolation and confusion.

Now we can move into the next phase of this project and make Ovarit more financially sustainable.

Donations will go towards:

  • Previous and future costs of running ovarit.com, including server expenses, deployment expenses, and security consultation
  • Previous and future costs of maintaining Ovarit LLC, including business filings and consultation

If we can cover those costs, we would like to pay developers and other contractors for software features and other work.

When you donate to Ovarit, you help ensure alternatives to male-dominated communication platforms can exist and thrive. Thank you so much for your support.

If you have any questions please let us know.


Are Donations Anonymous? Is cardholder information available to view?

As far as I've been able to tell, it isn't normal for any payment processor to keep the name of the cardholder anonymous from the business owner. When I am on our payment processor's website, I'm able to see the payments and the cardholder associated with them. We are not collecting this information, but our payment processor does let us see it. We won't be saving this information or distributing it. We consider it confidential and sensitive.

That said, there may be ways for you to keep your personal information anonymous from payment processors. Your credit card may allow you to make a virtual card to use: I've never done this and I don't know if it allows you to use a pseudonym but it's worth checking. There are services such as https://www.abine.com/ and https://privacy.com/ which allow you to mask your payment information through them to keep it anonymous from other parties (feel free to recommend any you've used below). Prepaid credit cards are another option which let you use any pseudonym.

Can people who don't have Ovarit accounts donate?

Only users with Ovarit accounts can donate via our site, but anyone who doesn't have an account but wishes to donate can do so via a paid subscription to Ovarit's official Substack.

Today is a big day for the Ovarit project: [we are now accepting donations from our supporters.](https://ovarit.com/donate) This journey started for me in 2013. I had concerns about a political movement that redefined the word "woman" and rapidly shifted the Overton Window on allowable feminist opinions. Redefined terminology effectively wiped out entire realms of feminist analysis by making them impossible to understand. Feminism could no longer be discussed without social repercussions. I felt like I was losing my mind because everyone I knew in political circles suddenly flipped their views on feminism, what a woman is, and how we are oppressed in patriarchies. The only clear directive was that you weren't allowed to question the new dogma. When I found r/GenderCritical I was relieved to find I wasn't alone. Other people noticed the same issues and had the same concerns. Over the years, we created many communities that rejected this redefinition of "woman" and defied a political movement that repeatedly derailed movements for women's rights and liberation. When our communities were [suddenly deplatformed](https://ovarit.com/o/Announcements/135/welcome-back) we decided that would not be the end of them. We immediately got to work building Ovarit so we could host communities ourselves, without fear that the platform we used would change its policies without warning and ban us without notice again. The people trying to prevent women from organizing against the roll-back of our rights are trying to isolate us from one another. They want to prevent us from finding each other. They want to silence us. They would erase our dissent from all records if they could. They know they can't win by debating us. They never even consider if it is wrong to suppress women instead of attempting to discuss the issues with us. I’ve covered the costs of running Ovarit because it's of vital importance to me that these communities exist, that censorship doesn't stop us from speaking up and organizing, and that we're able to find each other and find out that we're not alone. It made the difference for me. I don't want any other woman to be left in isolation and confusion. Now we can move into the next phase of this project and make Ovarit more financially sustainable. Donations will go towards: * Previous and future costs of running ovarit.com, including server expenses, deployment expenses, and security consultation * Previous and future costs of maintaining Ovarit LLC, including business filings and consultation If we can cover those costs, we would like to pay developers and other contractors for software features and other work. **When you donate to Ovarit, you help ensure alternatives to male-dominated communication platforms can exist and thrive. Thank you so much for your support.** If you have any questions please let us know. --- ###Are Donations Anonymous? Is cardholder information available to view? As far as I've been able to tell, it isn't normal for any payment processor to keep the name of the cardholder anonymous from the business owner. When I am on our payment processor's website, I'm able to see the payments and the cardholder associated with them. We are not collecting this information, but our payment processor does let us see it. We won't be saving this information or distributing it. We consider it confidential and sensitive. That said, there may be ways for you to keep your personal information anonymous from payment processors. Your credit card may allow you to make a virtual card to use: I've never done this and I don't know if it allows you to use a pseudonym but it's worth checking. There are services such as https://www.abine.com/ and https://privacy.com/ which allow you to mask your payment information through them to keep it anonymous from other parties (feel free to recommend any you've used below). Prepaid credit cards are another option which let you use any pseudonym. ###Can people who don't have Ovarit accounts donate? Only users with Ovarit accounts can donate via our site, but anyone who doesn't have an account but wishes to donate can do so via a paid subscription to [Ovarit's official Substack](https://ovarit.substack.com/).

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Just a heads up that we're aware right now that the donation pages are throwing a lot of 50x errors and one-time donations aren't getting added to the tally, we're working on it!

Tallies are working and hopefully the errors are fixed as well. Thank you everyone!

The tally bar broke again and we will hopefully be able to fix it tonight.

[–] phoenix 3 points Edited

Just letting you know that as of a few minutes ago, it still looks a little buggy. My payment appears to have gone through (got the email receipt at least, didn't check on the actual card) but I initially wasn't sure it had because after clicking submit (or whatever the button was) for payment it took me to an error page instead of some sort of "transaction complete" page.

This is great! I set up a recurring monthly donation. And idgaf about my name being associated with the payment. I have nothing to be ashamed of, especialy when coomers and incels are out there subscribed to onlyfans and porn.

[–] Lilith-Fair 28 points Edited

I think it’s possible to buy anonymous credit card at supermarkets and drugstores (buy with cash and not topped up via ATM) and pay with the anon credit card?

ETA: I just donated with a Visa gift card. Was testing if it works and it did! So those of you who want to remain anonymous can do it this way. You can also use it to make recurring monthly donation until the amount on the card runs out. But be sure to buy your gift card with cash and not with your credit card, which might carry over your personal info digitally. And don't use purchased debit cards that require you to set up an account.

This is a great idea! If we're unsure if this is possible I can run out and get one tomorrow and try it!

Buy Visa gift cards and launder your money thru ovarit. Better than all those awards on reddit porn subs.

Jk, laundering money is illegal. But using prepaid cards to donate to feminist causes isn't!

[–] crodish 22 points Edited

I've sent in a payment for the last 2 years backlog of using Ovarit, as well as a monthly. Thank you so much again mods, for all the work you've done ever since the r/GC days, the discord, and now here. <3

Edit: eeee our profile has such cute fancy badges now!

Replying to myself under a new comment because I don't want to start a new thread or post - I think it's really disheartening and painfully ironic that we have reached a point in time where women are afraid of being linked back to having donated money to a site that says women need safe spaces to speak.

I understand why we want/need to be anonymous, and I'm not trying to shame anyone for staying safe, especially in a time like this where we've all seen what happened to JKR. I just hate that the reality of the world has come to this, and I'm angry and upset about it.

There are millions of subscribers to reddit, to pornhub, to all sorts of other actual problematic websites and services. I don't think many of them actually worry about their bank card details being traced back to them to the extent that I see women worrying about it here. Like isn't that such a fucking clear sign of who is actually oppressed? We know there ARE people who are all too willing and happy to doxx us. Some TRA on twitter probably has already screenshot this post and this comment, and are laughing at us for needing to ask for funding, while there are 40K+ girls crowdfunding for top surgeries on GoFundMe.

It's such a horrible state of the earth. And yet we're the bigots and we deserve it.

[–] Lilith-Fair 9 points Edited

If it helps, for me the reason I want anonymity has nothing to do with doxxing or being woman supporting women, or at least not specifically just for this issue. My concern is based on what Trudeaux did to the truckers and people who donated to the convoy. I'm not Canadian, but regardless of that or whether one agrees with the truckers, it showed me that banks cannot be trusted. I no longer believe in cashless. I now keep a good amount of emergency cash in safety deposit and at home.

I suppose it's possible that banks might freeze my accounts or Visa/Mastercard can stop my donations here for "hate" too. But let's just say my concern now spreads to every ideological and political everything I do online.

And if it helps further, i think Visa/Mastercard did threaten stop payment to Pornhub and another porn site if they don't take down content with minors (or something like that), and even Pornhub lost a lot of business and was forced to comply.

It's still a horrible state of earth. But with the government, Big Corps, and Big Tech (banks being a part of them) all colluding on the side of trans cult, imo one can't be too careful.

$20, sorry it's just a one-off for now. Thanks for everything you do.

[–] Lipsy 5 points Edited

If by "anonymize" you just mean you want to hide your name, you should actually be able to enter literally any name you want with any U.S. domestic credit card transaction.

Not even "should", in fact. You definitively can—and if it turns out otherwise, then that sketch-azz payment provider is somehow scraping extraneous personally IDing information and using transactions to test the mined data so runnnnnn!!! like the wind bby!

Just to prove this point, you now have $$ from "mz. lipsy lips, GA, GCRF, BAMF"... which is, astoundingly, not my real legal name. OR IS IT 🤔

The only info blocks that should be used to authenticate U.S. domestic card transactions are:

• CC number (which has internal checksums; if you just make up a card number, e.g. to circumvent free trial risks, it will almost certainly be rejected)
Also card type, but this is already encoded in the card number (e.g. all Visa cards start with 4, all MC with 5, Discover and several other lesser types with 6 or 3)

• Billing ZIP code

• Street NUMBER of address—NOT apt/unit number (so e.g. if you live at 4321 W Flamingo Rd, Apt 1234, then the relevant data block is just the "4321")

• Expiration month and year

• CVV number

That's IT. Hard line. They should not require anything else, unless you are transacting in an amount over $10,000.00 USD.

I am such a legendarily lazy shythead that I don't even bother entering any of the words in my address. Just my street number, then my ZIP, fin.

The ONLY valid reason to supply an actually correct name, or a full postal address, is if you're actually ordering something that's going to be physically mailed/shipped to you.
Major carriers aren't supposed to deliver items to residential addresses unless they're addressed to (or c/o) somebody who's actually registered to that address in USPS records and/or possibly other public-record databases, so, "mz. lipsy lips, GA, GCRF, BAMF" might not get shipments she's paid for (MIGHT not... although ymmv across different localities—most notably w/r/t FedEx, which, especially for residential last mile, is really just a ragtag network of roguish independent contractors).
And even if she does, that's still a very cute way to get herself listed in Postal Inspector watchlists for contraband sooooo... yeah, let's all just go with legit shipping addresses.

AND FINALLY:

Whither the cents?

Guuuuurl... SOME OF US are still variously bound and crippled by superstitions about numbers and shit. It's only for deepest love that I'd dare send $xx.00... SMDH. 🤡 (but in actual seriousness)

I am actually curious about the origins of this very strange restriction on transaction amounts... given that I have friends who use stripe​.com and they aren't constrained to accepting whole dollars.
Is this just... some really weird requirement that somebody slapped on donation portals specifically? 👀

Much luv & keep up the good work 💖🎀 Yr grrrl LIPS!

Thanks for the very helpful info about credit card validation and privacy.

Regarding the pennies, Stripe absolutely does support amounts that aren't whole dollars. However the volunteer developer who implemented the Stripe integration for us wanted to use only whole dollars. I'm grateful for whatever coding help we can get and didn't argue that point.

Understood. I am genuinely enslaved to various numerical superstitions, but not to the point where I'd think to inconvenience anyone else ahah

Can we make this a monthly thing? I can substitute this for all the subscription services I've cancelled 🤣

There's a subscription (automatic, every month) option, on top of a one-time donation option. Is that what you mean by a monthly thing?

I was going to ask this. Make it easier to keep donating and not forgetting

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