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Shame on you, Amazon!

Wow. Somehow that really pisses me off! It seems that some uptight tit at Amazon has decided that they need to "protect" their customers from ... "offensive" material by removing it from normal search results.

"In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature."

So far so good - after all it's their shop and all and they decide what they want to put into their virtual shopping window and what not.

A closer look, though, shows that this seems to be aimed mainly at books with a gay/lesbian theme, *including* romance novels for "young adults" that aren't explicit at *all* even by the most narrow minded definition. Unless, of course, you think that "gay" or "lesbian" in itself is a bad thing.

Now - I never ever even *considered* buying a gay/lesbian themed book - not because I'm against it, I simply don't care. Hell, I even find lesbian porn - no matter how hot the women involved might look - rather boring, usually using fast forward when a lesbo scene comes up in a flic I'm watching.

But somehow the whole matter still makes me kind of angry - as it often does when someone from the US (in this case "someone" is a whole company) wants to force their lame "morals" onto everyone.

Actually I was thinking about buying a Fleshlight (tm) via Amazon (basically some rubber thing you stick you shlong into to masturbate), but I guess there's enough other places to get one...

Read more at Mark Probst's Livejournal - he's one of the affected authors and can explain the whole situation much better than me.