First of all let me begin by saying that I take pride in my work. I take pride in my blog as my only means of many sorts of self-expression. At the same time I respect everyone’s opinion, even though I may strongly disagree with them. Also, last but not least, I respect the fact most people are required to do their job, for which they get compensated or otherwise they would find themselves in the unemployment line.
This who introduction was necessary for something I was just made aware of. I received a very courteous email by Ben & The Pinterest Team; informing me that one of my pins (here’s is the link) was deleted due to nudity. Ben very kindly continues his email trying to explain why by saying and I quote “Right now we don’t allow nudity on Pinterest, because a lot of people use our site at work and around their families.” And also ask this of me and I quote: “Could you please remove any other pins like this from your account?” Apparently Ben and his “Team” didn’t quite pay attention to that folder or many other folders I have on there which show much more than butts. So, if I have to go back and check out what I’ve posted for the last couple of years, I will let the specialists do so. More power to Pinterest.
My answer to Ben was as follows;
I understand your position being part of Pinterest, but as you may have figured it out by now I don’t agree with it, especially in this case.
First of all, nudity is NOT porn.
Second, a butt/s is something we all have and in no way is an invitation to do something with it, around it, or on/in it.
Third, art is art, in any form of possible expression.
Unfortunately there will always be people and sites which will try their best at censorship. To give you an example of the double standards of a site, company or app; recently iPhone app for Planetromeo.com (gay dating site) decided to take all shots which showed a bit of skin (not full nudes nor half nudes) off, thus forcing Planetromeo.com to make all pics invisible for those using the iPhone app. Do you think it was right?
This brings me back to you and Pinterest. Do you think that a person who enters a pin-folder clearly named “Gay Culture” is entering to learn more about homosexuality, and if so, do you really think he would do so at work, or in front of his family (like you mentioned above)?
Something to think about without forcing me to use the cliché phrase; food for thought.
Dear readers of this blog, it seems apparent to me that everywhere you turn, every internet outlet you use to spread your ideas in form or another has set in place policies to “safeguard” people’s sensitivity, so not to offend anyone who clicks by “mistake” on a link clearly stating it has sexual, homosexual, bisexual, erotica, nudity, fetish content.
I leave you with the same question I asked Ben; do you think you would click and open a folder boldly named Gay Culture if that’s precisely what offends you, at work or in front of your family and friends?
P.S. This post will be re-posted on Pinterest under [Essay]. 🙂