I made a comment to a certain user which is pretty much in line with what you are saying. Basically, the identity politics mentality applied to curation is the problem way I see it.
Ummm... last I checked it's supposed to be about the content. The problem is certain individuals have made things tough for those that use negative curation to adjust payout based on perceived value of the content. They want to be quick to vilify us for daring to downvote any within their protected groups.
May as well give the scammers an open invitation to create alt personas of these protected classed. Then, they can farm with impunity.
That's just BRILLIANT!