It’s not so much as a rant but more of a puzzlement. I don’t understand the screams of censorship over the recent decision of Amazon, W H Smiths and others to not publish pornography. Screams of censorship are flying about. These online shops are now the publishers of our modern world along with some brick and mortar boys. Publishing now has a different venue on the internet and there is indeed freedom for writers to write and publish whatever they please, but that does not mean printers, or publishers are obligated to print matter they do not agree with. It’s always been the same. Certain publishing houses of the old brick and mortar type publish books that suit their lists. Amazon, it so happens, has an endless list, but it does not want to be a publisher of graphic pornography. Nor does W H Smiths.
The trouble is and has always been, what is pornography? How come they publish Fifty Shades of Gray, which a hundred years ago would not have been sold or printed by any decent publisher or book shop, nor distributer. That would have been printed by a private press, sold under the table, or in certain dank sex shops. But this ” Mommy porn is not what they are refusing to publish. It’s some ugly stuff to put it mildly. There are plenty of sex publishers for the type of vile graphic pornography whose authors are screaming censorship.
I believe as a society we have to take a firm stand, and draw the line somewhere.
Violent against women is not sexual, it is violence.
Child pornography is violence against children.
Animals…don’t even get me started there.
So hats off to Amazon for catching this problem, a bit late perhaps, and for WH Smith and others, well done!
If you want to buy this stuff, publish it, well…no one is stopping you, but don’t expect it to go mainstream just because you want to sell it. Set up your own dark little website and have at it.
On another note and this is a indeed a rant. Shame on you Facebook!
But what to do? Is the answer to boycott all the advertisers? Yes, if you could pin point them, but a better way would be for every woman on Facebook, every father on Facebook, to boycott Facebook for a few days in protest. That would get their attention indeed.
Protect our children Facebook, you have the tools, use them.