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EVivian
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Out of curiousity, why are questions about personal hygiene or appearance (which are rather related, I think) discouraged? In particular I'm thinking of questions regarding shaving and use of shampoo. I understand that the site is primarily for questions regarding sexuality, relationships, and self esteem, but I guess I see hygiene as related to at least the last of those topics. I'm not complaining, just wondering what exactly the policy is on that and why. Hope I'm not being a bother!
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Heather
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EVivian: I'm in San Francisco right now for work, so can't engage a big back-and-forth on this, but the short answer is that we do have to limit our topics to some degree, in order to best utilize our time and that of our volunteers as well as our budget.

When something like shaving or washing one's hair might impact sexual health, or when we are talking about these things from a standpoint of body image, then it makes sense for us to discuss them. But questions about these things that are purely cosmetic tend to not only not be relevant to what we do, they also can wind up kind of making this yet one more place where people feel inundated by commercialism and beauty standards, which is actually very counter to what we do, not merely irrelevant.

We prefer to try and keep Scarleteen a bit of a respite from all of that stuff, and there are also a million places online people can talk about things like beauty products and appearance in this way.

See what I'm saying? [Smile]

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