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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.

[–] 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

Thank you to the women who run Ovarit for all your hard work. I am happy to donate.

Donated just now, sorry it's only a wee bit. Thank you for all you do <3

I just donated. Thank you so much for everything you do and for giving women a place to speak freely.

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.

Just want to emphasize that Im pretty sure you can purchase a visa giftcard from any store and donate this way. I haven't donated yet as I intend to do it this way, but I think this would allow you to put in a pseudonym linked to your gift card if that information is asked for.

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

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