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TONIGHT – the Erotic Literary Salon-Live – Study-Pornography, Rape, & the Internet – Self-Published ebooks banned

Academic study supports ebooks and Internet material pushing the boundaries. The following excerpts are from various sources regarding the recent censorship of ebooks by the major book vendors, along with excerpts from the study, “Pornography, Rape, and the Internet.”

Pornography, Rape, and the Internet

Todd D. Kendall*
Clemson University
The John E. Walker Department of Economics July, 2007

The arrival of the internet caused a large decline in both the pecuniary and non-pecuniary costs of accessing pornography. Using state-level panel data from 1998-2003, I find that the arrival of the internet was associated with a reduction in rape incidence. While the internet is obviously used for many purposes other than pornography, it is notable that growth in internet usage had no apparent effect on other crimes. Moreover, when I disaggregate the rape data by offender age, I find that the effect of the internet on rape is concentrated among those for whom the internet-induced fall in the non-pecuniary price of pornography was the largest – men ages 15-19, who typically live with their parents. These results, which suggest that pornography and rape are substitutes, are in contrast with previous laboratory studies, most of which do not allow for potential substitutability between pornography and rape.

VII. Conclusion

The results above suggest that potential rapists perceive pornography as a substitute for rape. With the mass market introduction of the world wide web in the late-1990’s, both pecuniary and non-pecuniary prices for pornography fell. The associated decline in rape illustrated in the analysis here is consistent with a theory, such as that in Posner (1994), in whichpornography is a complement for masturbation or consensual sex, which are themselves substitutes for rape, making pornography a net substitute for rape.

Given the limitations of the study, policy prescriptions based on these results must be made with extreme care. More research on other countries, other time periods, or using other methodologies or datasets is necessary before broad results can be stated with confidence. Nevertheless, the results of this simple study point to what may be important flaws in the previous literature, and suggest that liberalization of pornography access may not lead to increased sexual victimization of women.

Entire Study:

http://www.yapaka.be/sites/yapaka.be/files/actualite/pornography-rape-and-the-internet.pdf

Self-Published Erotica is Being Singled Out For Sweeping Deletions From Major eBookstores

Curiously enough, B&N and Amazon have yet to remove The Bible, V.C. Andrews’Flowers In The Attic, Alyssa Nutting’s Tampa, Judy Blume’s Forever, or Lolita.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and WH Smith are taking a radical response to last week’s “news” that they sell boundary-pushing adult content in their ebookstores. They are now deleting not just the questionable erotica but are also removing any ebooks that might even hint at violating cultural norms.

This story began when The Kernel discovered last week that, much to their dismay, Amazon was selling legal adult content:

The books are sold as Kindle Editions, the name Amazon gives to books that can be cheaply and quickly downloaded to its portable Kindle device. Available titles include Don’t Daddy (Forced Virgin Seduction) and Daddy’s Invisible Condom (Dumb Daughter Novelette).

As with “barely legal” pornographic films, which seek to satisfy base urges associated with illegal and immoral acts while circumventing laws against depictions of underage sex, many of the titles listed on Amazon protest loudly that rape victims are “over 18”.

Similarly, the “daddy” rapists in many incest stories are revealed in the small print to be “not blood related”. But few reading the titles of these books will be fooled about the supposed erotic intent of the volumes.

Again, this content is legal.

I had planned to simply ignore this as a non-news story, but the major ebookstores were more concerned about legal self-published erotica than I would have expected. The Daily MailOn The MediaBBC News, and a couple dozen authors on KBoards are all reporting that content is being deleted right and left.

Read entire article:

http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2013/10/13/amazon-bn-whsmith-now/#.Ul02sxZEAts

Amazon removes abuse-themed e-books from store

 

Retailer Amazon has removed several abuse-themed e-books from its Kindle Store after a report highlighted titles depicting rape, incest and bestiality.

Titles such as Taking My Drunk Daughter had been on sale.

Amazon and Barnes & Noble both say they are removing books found by technology news site The Kernel, but many others still remain, the BBC has found.

WHSmith and Kobo, which feature titles with similar themes, are yet to respond to requests for comment.

The BBC found that on Amazon’s store, the search function automatically suggested explicit topics to users typing seemingly innocuous keywords – without age verification taking place.

Amazon has not responded to the BBC’s request for comment on the issue, except to confirm that the specific books listed by The Kernel had been removed.

Barnes & Noble said in a statement the titles were “in violation” of its policy on content offered in the NOOK Bookstore and were in the process of being removed.

“When there are violations to the content policy that are brought to our attention, either through our internal process or from a customer or external source, we have a rapid response team in place to appropriately categorize or remove the content in accordance with our policy,” it said.

Justice Minister Damian Green told the BBC “the government shares the public’s concerns about the availability of harmful material.”

Read more:

WHY AMAZON SHOULD KEEP PUBLISHING RAPE AND INCEST PORN

The online magazine Kernel is after Amazon for publishing pornographic eBooks that fetishize rape and incest.

The books Kernel writer Jeremy Wilson found are awful. If your default position is to support free speech, these are the kinds of titles that make you wince. It’s a lot easier to defend Huckleberry Finn than Taking My Drunk Daughter, Reluctant Brother Blowjobor Forced By Daddy.

So how’d the titles even end up on Amazon? According to Wilson, the authors of the books set up their own publishing houses by registering an ISBN number for a few hundred bucks. Then they upload their work. Amazon doesn’t police its digital publishing platforms in a meaningful way, so the books stay up, even though Amazon forbids pornography.

And these are leagues worse than pornography. These are books that are written to give you, the reader, pleasure while you imagine someone raping a child.

Amazon should ignore Kernel and leave them up.

We outlaw snuff films, child porn and, increasingly, revenge porn, because actual people are harmed during their production. Erotic fiction concerns fake characters who don’t exist in real life. You could argue that entertainment that caters to people’s darkest fantasies makes them more likely to enact them, but the science wouldn’t support you.

Read more:

http://www.onthemedia.org/story/amazon-incest-porn/

 

Tonights Erotic Literary Salon-Live

‘All the Sex I’ve Ever Had’ will be presented along with attendee readings and featured presenter. Details and cover story on reality theater piece are in earlier posting.

http://theeroticsalon.com/blog/special-addition-to-next-weeks-erotic-literary-salon-all-the-sex-youve-ever-had/

 

Porn on the Kindle: A Catch-22

SenSexual: A Unique Anthology 2013 has suffered from this Catch-22. Trying to locate it on the Amazon site is near impossible. You have to look specifically in ‘Books’ when searching at the top of the page. If you just type in the name and search in ‘all departments’ as most people do it will not appear.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=sensexual+a+unique+anthology+2013&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Asensexual+a+unique+anthology+2013

The Atlantic article by Noah Berlatsky discusses this dilemma.

Porn on the Kindle: A Catch-22

“Many of us realized immediately that, like the Internet, the Kindle was made for porn.” So wrote the pseudonymous kinukitty at my website, The Hooded Utilitarian, a while back — and the use of the pseudonym underlines the insight.  Consuming porn is something people often prefer to do at least semi-anonymously — especially people who happen to be women. By dispensing with book covers, and indeed with books, the Kindle has made it possible for readers to peruse 50 Shades of Greywheresoer they go, without fear of scorn — and, for that matter, without fear of harassment. According to the (also pseudonymous) porn writer  Venus Santiago, back in the 90s, when she purchased Black Lace titles at a brick and mortar store, “the clerk felt free to hit on me.” After that happened several times, Santiago said, she stopped buying in public.

With the Kindle, though, you don’t need to buy in public.  As Santiago wrote me by email:

The beautiful thing about buying porn on Kindle is that nobody sneers at you.  It’s just you, Amazon, and your personal mobile device.  You can read it on the train or subway, at home, wherever, and no one has any idea what you’re ogling.  Which removes most of the outside negative social pressure that prevents a lot of women who are interested in porn from buying it in the mainstream places (sex shops, online XXX websites).

As a result, pornographic e-books have taken off.  50 Shades is the successful mainstream phenomenon that everyone knows about, but there are tons more where that came from, and tons kinkier as well. E.L. James’ nervous flirtations with BDSM are perhaps titillating by the standards of the rest of the best-seller list. But her too-timid-to-even-sign-the-contract relationship shenanigans barely even register as kink compared to the other offerings available via e-book, where step-sibling incest, minotaur porn, and futanari abound. Santiago for her part has written gay assassin romance as well as a series of cheerfully perverse stories featuring human cow lactation porn, in which submission, degradation, and impossible busts exist alongside a remarkably detailed grasp of dairy industry mechanics.

The Kindle, then, provides both privacy and the promise that somewhere, someone has written exactly the gay werewolf paranormal romance you’ve always wanted to read. Combine the privacy and range of titles, and there’s little doubt that for readers digital is the perfect porn delivery system.

Which seems to have made Amazon somewhat uncomfortable. Back in 2010, Amazon deleted many erotica e-books with incest themes — not only dropping them from its store, but actually electronically erasing old titles from consumers’ digital devices.  (It later claimed the erasures were a mistake, though its policy on incest titles remains unclear.) More recently, the company has been filtering some erotic titles, so that they don’t appear in the All Departments search. To find them, you need to search directly in Books or in the Kindle store. For example, Santiago’s title Accidental Milkmaid 3: Gangbanged by Bulls shows up in the Kindle Store, but not in the All Departments search. On the other hand, high-profile erotica like 50 Shades, or, for that matter, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, appears in both kinds of searches.

Fiddling with the search function may seem like a relatively benign step. In practice, though, it has an impact on sales, and can render a title essentially invisible. Selena Kitt, the pen name of a successfulerotica author who makes hundreds of thousands of dollars a month by writing porn e-books, has referred to Amazon’s filtering as the Pornocalypse. Previous Amazon rejiggerings of their search function have at various points cut her monthly income by a third, she says.

In an essay on her website, Kitt argues that that Amazon’s seeming efforts to hide the porn are both hypocritical and a bad case of biting-the-hand.

Erotica, as a genre, has been Amazon’s dirty little secret from the beginning, driving sales of the Kindle to astronomical numbers. Does Amazon really believe that it was all the free copies of “Huckleberry Finn” and “Moby Dick” … that drove readers to buy Kindle devices? Nope, sorry. It was erotica. It was “porn.”

Kitt is angry, and you can understand why. She works hard, is successful, and instead of giving her accolades, her business partners keep her product hidden from would-be readers.

I was not able to get a comment for Amazon for this piece, so I don’t know for sure why they are manipulating search functions. Nor do I know why they refuse to explain their standards to authors. One of Kitt’s chief frustrations is that Amazon won’t tell her what she needs to do to keep her book from being filtered, and that they seem to keep changing the rules on her.

Amazon’s policies may be unnecessarily opaque, but reading Kitt’s essay, you can at least see a possible motivation for the company’s apparent Puritanism. Kitt herself, like Santiago and kinukitty, believes that the appeal of porn on the Kindle is precisely that it allows for reading of content surreptitiously. Porn may have helped make the Kindle successful, but a big part of the reason that the Kindle is so perfectly made for porn is that it doesn’t look like it’s made for porn. Women (and men, too) who want to read porn on the Kindle don’t want to be buying their porn from some place that screams porn! Amazon’s advantage as a seller of porn is precisely that it sells lots of things that aren’t porn, and that it is known primarily for selling things that aren’t porn.

Porn e-book writers and readers, then, are in a catch-22. Folks like Amazon porn because Amazon isn’t branded as a porn outlet. But as long as Amazon isn’t branded as a porn outlet, the company is going to see X-rated content as something of an embarrassment.  The same incentives that drive writers to use pseudonyms and readers to use the Kindle also drive retailers to keep porn from showing up in searches and make them want to keep it off best-seller lists.  For many good reasons, and perhaps some bad ones, nobody — not readers, not writers, not retailers — wants to publically embrace the porn.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/07/porn-on-the-kindle-a-catch-22/278075/

 

 

Book – Taboo: Corporeal Secrets in Nineteenth-Century France

The following review might be all you need to understand the handling of erotic texts in the nineteenth-century. The price is steep  – Amazon is selling this academic book as pre-order for $64.95, once released it will be $89.50.

Codes used to blackout erotica in era before ‘Grey’

Excerpt:

The phenomenal success of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has brought to light the popularity of erotic fiction, but this is not a new trend, according to researchers at Royal Holloway.

In a new book published today, Corporeal Secrets in Nineteenth-Century France, author Dr Hannah Thompson finds that novelists were writing about sex as far back as the 19th century but were forced to get around strict censorship laws by using a series of codes.

“In contrast to today, when people  will happily read Fifty Shades of Grey on the tube, sexual desire or activities could not be described in 19th century France and such books were considered a social taboo,” said Dr Thompson, from Royal Holloway’s School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

“As a result, French female authors such as George Sand and Rachilde had to find imaginative ways to disguise their racier content, allowing women in particular to read these books without fear of discovery or embarrassment. This ranged from describing flowers, ornaments and clothing as references to the female body, to using illness as a code for sexual desire.”

Entire article:

http://www.rhul.ac.uk/aboutus/newsandevents/news/newsarticles/codesusedtoblackouteroticainerabeforegrey.aspx