Go ahead, go read them. It contains a Valuable Lesson: don't take people who talk about subtext too seriously. 0:)
But it also has useful things to contemplate about writing groups and advice. I've gotten stories where I got crits telling them that one side of the story was well-developed, and the other one a strawman. The problem was, I got several of these crits. And they didn't agree about which side got shafted. After reading and contemplating, I concluded that I had hit a nerve and had to rule these readers out of my target audience for the story.