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Guest Writer: Scare Tactics June 26, 2009

A contribution from our first guest writer: Stay. Here is hoping there are many more…
Apparently, trying to frighten women is the new technological trend…
This is something that I’ve been pissed off about for some time now. I’m trying to think of some ideas about dealing with this problem, so if anyone has any suggestions I’d love to hear them. So far I’m thinking of starting a mass email.

For years now there has been a huge surge of people creating and sending out false emails meant to scare women. I’m sure you’ve seen them: the lead in lipstick is going to kill you, Tampax Pearls tampons increase your chances of getting Toxic Shock Syndrome, more women are victims of abuse on Superbowl Sunday than any other time of the year…and the list goes on. The thing is most (if not all) of these emails are false. What bothers me is the huge majority are aimed at women. Have you ever heard of an email warning about men’s products or male diseases? Has anyone you know ever gotten an email with the subject “JOCK STRAP COMPANY PUTTING HARMFUL POISONS IN PRODUCTS.” I doubt it.

The reason I’m writing this is because there is another round of stupid emails going around about the “burundanga”: drug soaked business cards. The email tells a story about a woman at a gas station who accepts a business card from a man offering painting services. She notices he follows her out of the station. Then she starts to feel dizzy and nauseous. She honks the horn to alert passersby. The men drive off when she does this.

Well, it’s not true. And what’s worse is that the originator is currently passing it around as a Press Release email from the Niagara Police Services (my hometown, incidentally). Someone, thinking it was real, passed it around to my Woman’s Group on Thursday and posted it a few places to warn women. The thing is: it’s a hoax. 100% not true. It sure as hell looks real, but nope.


Things like this are just another way of “putting us in our place.” It tries to make us passive “victims” of society. We need to fight this nonsense.

One of the first things you can do is check out this site:

When snopes.com first came online, it was a fun site designed for people to learn about those stupid urban myths you hear about all the time…like you can burn your tongue off my sticking it in Coke. More recently it has become a resource for people to check out those bullshit emails that keep getting sent around. Check it out!