I was saddened by the loss of pornish_pixies
, mostly for the authors who wrote there. I've read many a fine smutty story featuring adults who were not related in any way to each other! I think it's ridiculous for a business to commit such knee-jerk reactions that go against their ToS, when you get right down to it. I think it's terribly pathetic when a small, vocal, wacko group can wreak havoc with their threats.
I am going to take some actions. I'll turn off my automatic bill payments. I'm changing my interests to only one - "freedom of speech", as suggested by a few folks I saw while catching up this evening. I joined fandom_counts
(and will be joining with each of my RP journals). However, I'm not going to leave LJ. It's been my online home since 2002, and I quite like it here. They made a big mistake. We'll take a stand, and I bet we'll be heard. They'll learn from this and make the rules and the ToS better.
I am also going to make myself possibly unpopular here, but this is a topic I feel strongly about. The sexualization of children in our culture is a real and scary thing. It makes me extremely uncomfortable to even hear about chan and other pedophilia-esque forms of fiction (including the incest ones), much less read it. It, I feel, doesn't belong in an easily accessed public forum (if anywhere at all, to tell you the truth). I know - believe me, I know - that what you read and write isn't what you do
, and most of the folks who read stories like these are normal fandom folks, but I have absolutely no problem with having that kind of content purged from LJ.
Now if you're talking age of consent and older (or for heavens sake, at least 16! Please???), they can do what they like in fiction (though I feel strongly that extreme NC-17 fic should be kept under lock, just out of courtesy to those who shouldn't be exposed to it yet). But the line between "just for fun fiction" and depiction of adult
acts with a child is one that I feel is dangerous to cross. It's not free speech, in my opinion, to weed it out, and I don't mind one bit that it's gone. If that extends to an RP character, well, sorry. Pretendy funtime games should be pretendy funtime games, and not include illegal acts against tweenage children or younger.ETA
Yes, I know that real literature contains situation when pedophilia is written about, and that fanfic about the topic can be therapeutic. This is when the Supreme Court definition of obscene comes in. Is it a prurient fic about Tom inna Diary screwing Ginny Weasley at age eleven, or is it an account of an incest survivor's experience? These are two totally different subjects. I am much more concerned about the former.
Now do I agree with the nutjobs behind the latest furor? Uh, hell no. But I have to wonder if the nutjobs voices get loud enough for the mainstream to hear because the mainstream doesn't speak loudly enough on this particular topic.
*steps off soap box*
Even with my strong feelings on the subject of pedophilia, I do recognize the creep of censorship. I don't feel that LJ was wise to make blanket deletions of journals based by interests alone, and I will stand up for my freedom of expression.