On the contrary, while I'm concentrating on the denotation, I am perfectly aware of the connotation. In my book, connotation is a second order phenomenon. If there were a friendlier term available that accurately denoted your actions, I should use it. I'm not sure that there is one.
To recap, you are, by your own description, thrust into a position of power in twitter through no merit of your own. Aside from a few tokens, you decided to just retweet females in 2013 and you wrote to encourage others to consider doing the same.
Knocking a group's representation based on sex down to effectively zero goes beyond affirmative action and, in my opinion constitutes a minor blacklist. If it's not a blacklist, what's the appropriate term? I would have expected an alternate description to have emerged by now in the discussion either here or on your blog.
My working theory at start was that there's a bit of orwellian liberal newspeak at work here. That theory would be totally blown out of the water had an accurate, alternate label for what you did in 2013 emerged but that easy riposte doesn't seem to have any takers.
Perhaps you would help me out of this suspicion by providing a more accurate descriptive label? I've played this game with a few liberal acquaintances of mine off line and they couldn't come up with a viable one. Affirmative action does not count as viable because even under the sharpest historical variants, formerly favored groups have never been entirely shut out. At most a hard quota system was imposed. I can think of one exception but bringing it up would make blacklist sound tame by comparison so better to leave that one alone.
In general on matters of the sexes my position is that the denouement of sex politics in America, if we're ever to come to a happy conclusion, has to be everybody plays by the same standards and rules. I have two daughters and a son and find the present arrangements are not particularly good for any of them.
Something needs to give. The broad based decline in female happiness in America over the past few decades tells me that whatever it is we're currently doing is not acceptable as far as women's revealed preferences are concerned. Their declines in happiness even though by all the metrics I can find they've made tremendous progress.http://www.nber.org/papers/w14969
The academic decline of boys and young men reinforces that opinion because we're buying that female unhappiness with lowered male achievement. Do you think this is a good idea? I hope not.