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Notice RULE CLARIFICATION: Discussing Gender in Pokémon

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May 21, 2010
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Hello everyone,

As Sun and Moon's release is quickly approaching and the number of new Pokémon reveals grows, we know excitement is at an all time high and naturally every piece of news is going to come with hundreds of differing opinions attached. While everyone is entitled to hold their opinions, we would like to make it clear that the following discussion topics will be treated as Flaming/Baiting due to them being both inflammatory and discriminatory:
  • Making assumptions about a character or Pokémon's gender based on its appearance (e.g. "Popplio 'changed genders' upon evolution" or "That character can't be male because of their hair/makeup!")
  • Reinforcing gender stereotypes (e.g. gendered interests, preferences, colors, behaviors, etc)
  • Discriminating against Pokémon or characters because of their perceived gender (e.g. "I'm sick of Ash catching 'girly' Pokémon")
Bulbagarden seeks to provide a welcome environment for everyone, including those who are LGBTQ+. We believe that even if they aren't human characters, applying gender stereotypes to Pokémon or any characters can be offensive and harmful to both women and men, cis and transgender people, and people who do not fall under any specific gender category.

If you have any questions about this decision or if you want to see if a post is allowed by the rules, please contact any of the admin or the section staff. Please check the Garden Grotto Staff Chart for clarification on who to contact.

Thank you
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