Earlier today, Etsy released this statement, and here is the jest of what it says:
Our policies have prohibited disparaging or promoting hate against people based on race or religion for quite a long time. But they never covered gender, people with disabilities, or sexual orientation. We are changing that — and a few other policies — effective now.
"We have posted our new policies in the Prohibited Items section of our DOs & DON'Ts on Etsy.
For those of you who don't want to read the full text of the policies, I'll summarize the big changes. We no longer allow items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred toward or otherwise demean people based upon race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation; including items or content that promote organizations with such views.
We also looked at our policies around violence and illegal activity and we have revised those, too. The revised policy now prohibits items or listings that promote or support illegal activity or instruct others to engage in illegal activity and items or listings that promote, support or glorify acts of violence or harm towards self or others."
They are asking shops to remove products that clearly go against the new policies, and I really do hope they listen. Only time will tell.
However, I am happy to announce that I will once again support Etsy Shops on my blog because of these new changes! Although the shop in question related to my calling of a boycott may or may not still be open (I haven't checked), that is secondary to the fact that Etsy has listened to the many owners and buyers that made complaints. That was my point.
I look forward to featuring many wonderful Etsy shops in 2011, and if you would like to be featured, please email me at aandsrempel at yahoo dot ca, and I can give you some more information.