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In this blog you can read what I'm pissed about. I'd like to add to this that it's complete and utter nonsense. As the author in the blog remarks, the playboy collection has retained its sales ranking, so it's not to protect the children from porn, it's to make sure they don't see that there's such a thing as homosexuality. Well, news flash: it's even mentioned in the bible!
I generally avoid this subject, even though I feel very strongly about it, because I know someone who feels that homosexuality is evil is reading here and even though I don't understand how such a generally nice person can feel so much hatred for people she doesn't even know, my like for her is normally enough for me to avoid the subject.
But enough is enough, when even Amazon gets in on that act, I'm not keeping quiet any longer. Because while it's true that being exposed to strong sexual images (i.e. actual intercourse) at a too young age can be harmful to children that have not yet reached puberty, that goes for both gay and straight images. You wouldn't want your really young children to read the playboy any more than you'd want them to read steamy gay porn. After that, it doesn't really matter much, at least not if they can talk to their parents about it.
I'm not a christian anymore, because I honestly don't see the need for a god. I did, however, grow up in a christian family which gives me at least a passing familiarity with the bible. And while the old testament seems to be all for smiting all sorts of unsavory folk such as anyone who doesn't share your religion, the new testament, the one featuring the guy the christians named themselves after, is remarkably low on smiting. In fact, I don't think Christ condemned anyone other than those who took advantage of others or generally behaved badly towards people. Not a word about gays being bad anywhere, and in fact he throws out that famous "Let he who is without sin throw the first stone." line. That was in fact about a prostitute, but it could have been about any of the many kinds of people who were shunned so easily in that era. He even comes up with "Love thy neighbor like thyself" bit and makes it quite clear that yes, those guys you really, really disapprove of are also your neighbor. Which in my opinion makes him a smart guy who deserves to be heard more than he really is.
Of course Amazon have the right to their opinion, just as my friend and countless others. But unlike that friend, I don't either like or respect Amazon enough to continue shopping with them as long as they behave like this.
Current Mood: annoyed
I have been following links on this for the last day or so. The apparent level of hypocrisy is mind-boggling. At the moment I am leaning towards the theory that this is the result of some trolls taking advantage of a weakness in amazon's tagging system, and I expect the problem to be reversed within the next day or two. If not, well, I'm not much for boycotts, but I'll certainly be writing a stiffly worded letter about such abysmal customer service.
|Date:||April 14th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm not a christian anymore, because I honestly don't see the need for a god
This doesn't strike me as a compelling argument for atheism. I've no pressing great need for aardvarks but that doesn't stop them being out there.
I've seen aardvarks, which is more than I can say for gods. Also, aardvarks tend to obey the rules that seem to make the universe run, while gods seem to ignore those rules. And thirdly, even if I'd never seen an aardvark, I could conceive of a way such a being could exist. Once again, not so for supernatural beings that explain nothing but only move the "where do we come from" question one level up. Which pretty much removes the need for them other than to make pretty stories that at first glance seem to explain everything but really explain nothing if you keep asking questions. Fairies can do the same thing (unlike aardvarks).