Sunday, August 4, 2013

Zazzle Decides We Are Offending Ourselves--Guest Post by Melanie Yergeau

I made some button templates on zazzle because I do not have access to a button machine. (When I lived in Ohio, I was able to make buttons at the student union.) One of the buttons said "neuro queer" with a little rainbow mobius strip superimposed in the middle of the button. I also made a couple "autistic pride" buttons. I ordered a few (to give to some of you as I see you at conferences), but just now received an email from zazzle saying they cancelled my entire order and deleted the buttons because they found them offensive and discriminatory. 



Above is a photo of the offending button. Zazzle.com cancelled the order for the following reason: "Design contains content that can reasonably be viewed as discriminatory based upon race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability."

I'm feeling really sighful right now. 

--Melanie Yergeau, first on Facebook

9 comments:

  1. This makes me laugh because I thought I was writing historically about how in the eighties it was terribly shocking to say "queer..." Way to tell us what to call ourselves, Zazzle. Did you want us to say People With NeuroQueerness?

    Should we see if Cafe Press is equally 198...4? Hey, Orwellian! There's a word for it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You should totes talk about how this is Orwellian. You know there is the 1984 stuff going on with Michael, Anonymous Newtown Autistic, and me. You should totes get in on it. ;)

      Delete
  2. In other news, LOVE LOVE LOVE the button design. WANT.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would wear the hell out of that button!

      Delete
    2. I would wear the hell out of that button!

      Delete
  3. i love that button. automated net nannies are annoying. people are seriously annoying.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Teddy's Ts is a disabled-run business and very queer friendly. www.teddyts.com They are cheap, make high quality stuff, have two sizes of buttons. Check them out. Susan Fitzmaurice, co-owner, is on facebook.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Teddy's Ts! Perfect! Didn't know they did custom! Thanks Corbett!! I got some *awesome* stuff from them!!!! Buh bye, Zazzle.

      Delete