Ok so the reason I’m posting this is cause I’ve also seen a lot about the bullying and name calling…
Some backstory here:
I reside in South Africa. I came into this fandom in Jan 2013.
I had NO EXPERIENCE in fandom at all. But Teen Wolf/Sterek ate my brain and I loved everything about the show and when I stumbled into tumblr sometime in Feb 2013 I WAS OVERJOYED!!!!!!!!!!
There were other people who I could fangirl with and just a;lsjdfal;sjd I felt so part of something… I still do…
PS: I have become aware through THE PLEASANT part of the fandom who could educate people in a nice way like me WHO HAD NO IDEA that this was such a trigger phrase.
Now I’ve never been called out since on anything I’ve posted because I’ve kept my eyes and ears open to things and tried to stay out of the wank.
JUST WANTED TO SAY PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE, TRY TO APPROACH SOMEONE WHO MAKES A MSTAKE GENTLY.
We aren’t all as clued up as you. I live in a country were we don’t use phrases like potato to label someone who is down syndrome… SO I REALLY DIDN’T KNOW. I have not used the term again since, so lesson learned. Even though I feel it could have been taught/shown to me in more gentle manner.
I hope this post doesn’t offend or trigger. I’m really trying to show as someone on the other side that although we all make mistakes, it can be handled with tact and respect.
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