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Apr 122009
 

I found out today that Amazon.com has started de-ranking what they deem to be adult content. Funny thing about that though is that the only thing that Amazon seem to be flagging as adult content is gay and lesbian themed books. They are stripping these books of their sales rankings within Amazon so as to keep them from showing up on searches.

I knew when they yanked the ultra violent video Rapelay that is was a sign of more to come. Granted that video is horrible and needed to be removed. But this latest development only proves that censorship of any kind opens the door for further discrimination.

The problems I am seeing with what Amazon is doing is the out and out homophobia. While they are removing the gay and lesbian books they are continuing to allow mainstream, yet extremely trashy sexual, books such as Laurell K Hamilton’s Incubus Dreams to have sales ranks. How is that?

Mark R. Probst is an author who is affected by the changes. He has posted the response he got back from Amazon about the removal of sales ranks on his books over on his blog. Amazon’s reply clearly states it is a new policy for adult content, yet other people are posting that they are getting responses from Amazon that it is a glitch, an oddly specific glitch, but a glitch.

This has obviously caused quite the stir across the net with much of that fervor coming from the Twitter community, where they are flagging posts with #amazonfail and in the past hour nearly 3000 posts with that tag have come through.

I have to say I agree with their requests from Amazon.com users to stop supporting the site until this is either reversed or sales ranks are removed from all adult content not just that with gay and lesbian subjects. There are plenty of other stores on the web (many of them with better prices and service) so if you can please avoid them. Thanks.

Update: for even more information check out this call for a boycott of Amazon until the fix this issue.

Here are a few more articles for your enlightenment:

Sep 052008
 

AssimilationI have had this bumper sticker on my car for more than two years, maybe even three by now and every time my mom sees it she asks me what it means. So I explain about the borg and assimilation etcetera and hope that will be the end of it (we do not speak of the other meaning in my family, but I am sure other “family” members get it). I am getting a little tired of saying, “it’s a borg thing, you wouldn’t understand” to people.

This has even gotten me in a little bit of hot water with the local rednecks too. So now that it is faded I think I will replace it with another Star Trek inspired bumper sticker. Not exactly sure which one. Maybe I will get the Boldly Going Nowhere one or one of the red shirt society ones. I’ll let you know what I decide (and I am up for suggestions too).

Dec 122007
 

Jodie FosterLooks like Jodie foster may have just outed herself after all these years of wondering. During her recent acceptance speech for the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at the 16th Annual Women in Entertainment breakfast she publicly thanked her long time friend Cydney Bernard. She thanked her by saying, “my beautiful Cydney who sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss.”

Fans have often wondered if not wished she were a lesbian. Now it seems she is a little more comfortable with it and is letting the rest of us in on the secret. Jodie has always been good at staying out of the tabloids and I don’t see her coming out [if indeed she did] would make her any more of a target for them.

All I have to say is — way to go Jodie and congrats on that award too.

Nov 172007
 

The new Microsoft game Mass Effect has been banned in Singapore due to graphic content.

What is that graphic content you might ask? Well, two women kissing. The game has a scene in which a human woman is kissing and caressing an alien woman. Singapore’s Media Development Authority reportedly banned it.

Singapore has a ban on sex between men, which was recently upheld by their parliament and their Prime Minister said the city-state should keeps its values and not allow rights to homosexuals. [Pigs!]

So far Singapore is the only closed-minded country to ban the game.

Guess I am going to have to get someone to buy me an XBOX 360 and a copy of this game. Has anyone posted a video of this scene on YouTube yet.

Oct 202007
 

Rowlings outed Dumbledore this weekend at a question and answer session at Carnegie Hall in New York. A kid asked her if Dumbledore ever loved anyone, her reply was “Dumbledore is gay, actually”.

Personally, I think it was brave of her to make such a statement and to stick by it. According to ABCNews.com, she was in a script read through for the sixth film when they had Dumbledore talking about a girl he once knew and she pointed it out to the movie folks right then and there that he was in fact gay.

Of course this just adds fuel to the fire to all the right-winged, Christian nut jobs out there who thing that the Harry Potter books series is the coming of the anti-christ. For goodness sakes it is a non-religious, fictional fantasy series people. Go fight some real evil and lower my gas prices!

One idiot, Laura Mallory, even went so far as to say “A homosexual lifestyle is a harmful one. That’s proven, medically.” WTF? What medical journals is she getting her science fiction from? But what can we expect from someone who got notoriety by proclaiming that the book series was indoctrinating kids into the Wiccan religion. Sounds to me like she is just one more of those people who are out to ban Halloween and Christmas trees just because they are based on pagan religions.

The book series is good and no political or religious agenda is pushed on anyone, child or adult. The only thing Rowlings pushes on anyone is tolerance and acceptance. Unlike those who are spouting all of this hate toward everyone over a fictional character.

Oct 192007
 

I really, really hate the term partner when referring to an intimate relationship. When I hear the term I actually cringe. Partner just brings to mind business partners, tennis partners and cowboys. I watch a lot of BBC America and I hear the term frequently, usually when referring to a straight person’s other half. I […]

Sep 102007
 

I came across this great list tonight and just wanted to share it with you folks. These are so funny. Makes me wanna go find some of these games at my local Microplay store and sit down for the weekend and jsut play with the gay 🙂 Check out the whole list… http://gaygamer.net/top-20-gayest-video-game-characters/

Jan 132007
 

I am not exactly sure what the he** this guy mean by “switch roles”. Trekkies [the fans] are not going to turn around and hate him because he is gay. And certainly no one is switching teams because he is gay. Care to explain yourself a little better?