Comments Policy

We love comments! But please respect the following guidelines:

DO feel free to disagree with our opinions about the show, so long as you can do so in a respectful way. Basically: don’t be an asshole. If you’re not sure how not to be an asshole, take a deep breath, count to ten, and think about the next rules.

DON’T make personal attacks or drive an argument into the ground. If you’re unable to let someone be wrong on the internet about characters on a soap opera, then step back from this blog. Also, criticizing acting skill is one thing; calling someone names because you don’t like the character they play is just tacky. Don’t do it.

DO be aware that this is a feminist blog that assumes that social justice analysis and critique of media and pop-culture is inherently valid. Accusations that we’re taking sexism/racism, etc. too seriously will be treated with the respect we feel those arguments deserve.

And on that note…

DON’T use sexist/racist/homophobic/ableist slurs. This includes “bitch,” “slut,” “whore,” “tramp,” “skank,” etc., and the use of “retarded” as an insult. And don’t try to get around this one by slut-shaming without saying the actual slur. It’s not cute, we know exactly what you’re trying to say, and it will get you banned. Think the spirit and not the letter of the law here. (Yes, even if you really hate the character you think is a whore. And yes, even if it’s Sam. Or Carly. Or Elizabeth.)

Comments in violation of this rule may be: responded to with a gentle reminder of our policies, edited to remove the offending portions, or deleted altogether, depending on our discretion and severity of the violation.

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