I just checked through a thesaurus to see if there were any better words to use that couldn’t somehow be constreued as derogatory. [Y-RIGHTS history]

From:    HAMP::KUDUT        “Children’s Rights List Co-ordinator” 26-SEP-1991 13:06:38.51
To:    IN%”DRZ@SJUVM.BITNET”
CC:    KUDUT
Subj:    RE: Messages received: what is said and what is not said . . . .

I just checked through a thesaurus to see if there were any better words
to use that couldn’t somehow be constreued as derogatory.  I couldn’t find
one beyound youth.  And youth is a bit of a stilted word, as you said…

Using Kid might be ok… but that might manage to leave out people from
the ages of 13-21…  I can remember hating being called a Kid…
and I am of the ‘tender age of 19′ right now…  I am very close, both
in memory and in spirit, to my past and to my present.

If I was to call it “Teen-Rights@sjuvm.bitnet”, by its name I would
be excluding those under 12.  However, I feel that discussion of those
under 12 (by those under 12 and by those above) would STILL go on there,
nonetheless, while discussion of the rights and need of teenagers would
probably not be as likely to go on if it was called “Kid-Rites”.

Would it bother you terribly if I was to ask you to set it up as
“Teen-Rights@sjuvm.bitnet”?  Or, if you have an 8 character name limit,\
“TeenRite@sjuvm.bitnet”?    One of the reasons it might be good to
include teenagers is because they are the forgotten ones.  It seems that
almost everybody has their hands in the development of children  (under
12, by my definition), but that there are very few that care about the
lives of teenagers… suicides run rampant partly because there isn’t
anyone there with a genuine helping hand…

Would you be willing to do that, Bob?  Set up a Teen-Rights@sjuvm.bitnet?
Or would you like to discuss the name and nature of the list a little
more before final decision?  And, if it is ok with you like that, feel
free to start the procedure necessary…

Thank You again, Bob!  I’m truly grateful!

–Ken

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