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sillygirl182
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Hey Scarleteen Staff

I'm going to try to make this post really cheery so I don't come off like a raging person... but I do have a small discontented rant if you don't mind.

Could we cut out the Canadian bashing on the boards? Perhaps bashing is too strong of a word... but at least once a month I encounter something on the boards at least mildly derogatory or stereotyped of my nationality.

Furthermore, I do not blame ANYONE at scarleteen for this, because I know that typically (not always though) these comments are made by newcommers, or uninformed individuals...

What bothers me is that it never gets corrected. When other nationalities or any other politically incorrect statement are used derogatorily usually one of the operators will correct the individual...
http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/Forum20/HTML/000065.html http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/Forum2/HTML/004552.html

Above are a few instances as such... I know they are meant to be light-hearted, and comical, and by no means harmful, but it's bothersome to be surfing the boards and be slapped with a sterotype when all I am trying to do is become more informed about safer sex. And that should have NOTHING to do with what country I am from.

I'm not aganist light-hearted Canadian Jokes, I mean some of them are really amusing, I just don't think the safer sex boards are the place for them. Ya know?

And by the way, I really do appreciate everything you people at scarleteen do. Means the world to me.

I hope I didn't come off *itchy, just wanted to state my piece.

Regardless I love you guys

Silly Girl

[This message has been edited by sillygirl182 (edited 11-26-2003).]


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lemming
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In response to the second thread you mentioned, the issue has been resolved off the boards. There were a lot of inappropriate things in that thread and they have been addressed with the users they concern.

In response to the first thread, and to the rest of your post: many, if not most of the posts I recall seeing about this subject have been made by users who are Canadian themselves and making some sort of self-deprecating remark. In other instances, we do try to address this issue. We have several Canadians on staff, as well.

This has been noted; if you have further concerns, please email boardmom@scarleteen.com .

Thanks!

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Laurel Lemming
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Dzuunmod
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One of the Canadians who's put in some hours here.

Just a little note about the first link you posted there, Silly Girl. I just think that the comment that you're referring to is so obviously far off base that it didn't warrant a correction. Anyone with half a brain realizes that not all Canadians are big-time chastity supporters or whatever, and that they're not all mental, whatever that means.

Correcting it, I think, would just have given it more attention than it deserved.

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[This message has been edited by Dzuunmod (edited 11-26-2003).]


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