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louise-marley's picture
Apr.13.2009
From The Seattle Times:  Amazon.com released a statement this afternoon seeking to explain why thousands of books — including many gay- and lesbian-themed titles — were removed from its sales rankings over the weekend. "This is an embarrassing and ham-fisted cataloging error for a company that...
jeffrey-ricker's picture
Apr.13.2009
I could repeat the chorus of outrage about Amazon.com's new policy of categorizing almost all GLBT literature by GLBT authors as "adult" material (and thereby removing those titles' sales ranking data and excluding them from some book searches, with the effect of marginalizing this...
bob-david-calhoun's picture
Apr.13.2009
I wonder when the overlords of Amazon.com (or maybe mere hackers) will realize that my punk wrestling memoir, Beer, Blood and Cornmeal, deals with GLBT themes? I mean it has gay characters and parodies of gay characters. It also has a pic of a man’s wiener reproduced in full color (IE: He Who...
louise-marley's picture
Apr.13.2009
I have loved Amazon.com.  It's been a fabulous resource for research, out-of-print books, my lovely new Kindle, and even occasionally things like yoga clothes or a hard-to-find hair product.  But I pledge, as of today, not to buy anything from Amazon until all issues of censorship have been...
louise-marley's picture
Apr.13.2009
If you spend much time on the internet, you already know this, and from more knowledgeable sources than this one.  But just in case, my dear writers and readers, here's a thumbnail: Amazon.com, in a stunning failure of wisdom, enacted a policy of "deranking" books with "adult"...
catherine-lundoff's picture
Apr.12.2009
In their infinite wisdom, the folks over at Amazon.com have decided that our delicate sensibilities need to be protected from "the gay." Also the lesbian, the transgender, the bisexual, some randomly chosen het romances and the occasional work of pure filth leading to societal collapse...
kristen-j-tsetsi's picture
Mar.29.2009
Okay, so I watch E! If I didn't, I never would have seen the censored image of Carmen Electra's latest photo shoot. Thankfully, our media - in the interest of not stepping over the obscenity or nudity boundary on TV - was careful to cover the offending part of the picture. No, no - not that one....
sherry-jones's picture
Feb.17.2009
Dear Reader When I read that Geert Wilders' film "Fitna" had been banned in the EU, of course I had to download it. As I watched the relentless scenes of death, cruelty, and extremist Muslim anger, I felt fear envelop me in a toxic cloud. Tears filled my eyes. I could hardly sit still for...
steve-hauk's picture
Jan.09.2009
Mary Green died early this morning. I've been thinking a lot about Mary since she had a stroke a few days after Christmas. I found it ironic that she was nearing death while I was reading Rick Wartzman's book ``Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's `The Grapes of Wrath...
sherry-jones's picture
Dec.24.2008
Dear Reader, I was thrilled to learn that I had a national TV reporter interested in interviewing me. But when I went to the Seattle, WA, FOX News studio last week, I wasn’t so pleased to be facing questions, again, about the controversy around “The Jewel of Medina. As a long-time journalist, I...