edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (inspiration)
Ok, seriously. Amazon.com is making me stabby lately. I've been hearing rumblings on and off for a few days now, but the information is just too prevalent to ignore it anymore. Besides, [livejournal.com profile] thecherrywench posted about this, too, so if the cool people are doing it, I'm jumping on the bandwagon, too. I spend copious amounts of money on Amazon. I've gone without eating for a week so I could purchase books there ("Without You" by Anthony Rapp...and that should be de-ranked, too, because it's got plenty of gay in it). I am not amused by this recent turn of events.

If you're a twitter user, you may have noticed that #amazonfail is the top trending topic for today. Here's the basic gist of it:

Amazon seems to be stripping the sales figures and accompanying rankings from GLBTQ books, erotica, and romance novels, particularly those with what they term “adult content” thus preventing them from showing up in some bestseller lists and searches (and potentially directly damaging their sales), on the grounds that they are "adult" material.

(This is regardless of whether they contain any explicit sex. Meanwhile, books with explicit heterosexual sex scenes retain their sales rank, as long as they're not overtly marketed as "erotica".)

A quick search reveals that books that have had their sales ranks removed include James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room, Edmund White's A Boy's Own Story, Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain, and Jeanette Winterson's Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.

When pressed for a reason, Amazon.com’s customer service department told YA author (and LJ user [livejournal.com profile] markprobst) Mark Probst:

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.

Hence, if you have further questions, kindly write back to us.

Best regards,

Ashlyn D
Member Services
Amazon.com Advantage

Probst went on to say:

Yes, it is true. Amazon admits they are indeed stripping the sales ranking indicators for what they deem to be “adult” material. Of course they are being hypocritical because there is a multitude of “adult” literature out there that is still being ranked. Harold Robbins, Jackie Collins, come on! They are using using categories THEY set up (gay and lesbian) to now target these books as somehow offensive.

[...] if they are excluding books just on the basis of being “gay” then by all means exclude mine too because I don’t want them just to reinstate just the “nice” gay books, they need to reinstate all the gay books and if they are really going to try and exclude so-called “adult” material, then how come this crap has an Amazon ranking?

Compiled from various sources including here, here, here.

http://community.livejournal.com/meta_writer/11992.html -- a list of books so far that have been removed
http://booksquare.com/open-letter-to-amazon-regarding-recent-policy-changes/ -- an open letter to amazon
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/in-protest-at-amazons-new-adult-policy -- sign the protest
http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23amazonfail -- at least 100 tweets every minute
http://wthashtag.com/wiki/Amazonfail -- keep an eye on this too


Smart Bitches, Trashy Books is running a Google Bomb. They say:

I’ve created a page with the definition for “amazon rank.” LINK TO http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/amazonrank with “Amazon Rank” as the anchor text. The link should look like this:

Amazon Rank


A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality is now the top book for amazon searches on "homosexuality"

....oh. Awesome read, guys. Every parent needs this important pile of shit book in their collection.

I copied all this from here in [livejournal.com profile] ontd_political and [livejournal.com profile] harvey_milk and some other sources, but fuck this. I'm pissed. They also stripped "The Mayor of Castro Street" of its ranking. Oh no you didn't just fuck with my Harvey Milk book. Assholes. As [livejournal.com profile] marauderthesn eloquently put it, "I could see taking, say, Totally Herotica 3 out of the rankings and sales figures, but what the effing eff is the deal with taking out everything gay? Even biographies? Oh, whoever was responsible for this, I hope Harvey haunts you. Obnoxiously. With all his dead boyfriends. Having ghost sex on your dinner table. Loud ghost sex on your dinner table. For hours."


Oh, now you've done it. you've pissed off Christopher Rice. Rice says: "So apparently a "computer glitch" at Amazon has "de-ranked" a large number of LGBT focused books, including my first novel, A DENSITY OF SOULS. There's understandable outrage about this throughout cyberspace. As President of Lambda Literary Foundation, I can tell you we will have a public response very soon. (Other de-ranked titles include ORLANDO by Virgina Woolf and BECOMING A MAN by Paul Monette)."

Way to go, Amazon. Piss off all the authors who write the edgy content that keeps your customers coming back. Piss off all the people with the money; the people who keep your business going. Smooth move there, brain king.

ETA 4.8675309

Oh, sorry, I forgot, Amazon hates disabled people, too.

ETA5 for the 5 that stayed alive

Aaaand the public statement from the Lambda Literary Foundation is up.

"Lambda Literary Foundation applauds the diligent work of writers, bloggers and activists in calling attention to this deeply distressing turn of events. I have seen my first novel stripped of its sale ranking by this apparent computer glitch so I join other writers who are baffled to the point of anger. I take great solace in the quick mobilization of our community in response to this apparent marginalization of LGBT books; the grassroots power of the Internet has been placed on glorious display for all to see. Over the next few days, we at Lambda Literary will be monitoring the situation very closely. Amazon is one our nation's largest general book retailers. In their commitment to creating and sustaining technological advances in the publishing industry, they have laid claim to the future of book distribution. As such, they have a pressing responsibility to create an unfettered exchange of stories and ideas. If a quick and decisive response to this problem is not forthcoming within the next few days, we at Lambda Literary look forward to leading a sustained and impassioned dialogue on this issue, which will seek to harness the energies that have been released by our community's admirable response."

Translation: Amazon u r fukd nao.
edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (suicide)

In other news...My neighbor downstairs is that fat girl that my ex started dating right after he broke up with me (some of you who weren't around at the time may balk at me calling her a "fat girl"...I would almost never do that as I, too, am fat, but she weighs 360+ pounds and she's called me a dog and an ugly pig in the past, so I make an exception i her case). Anyway, when I moved in here, she was all nice to me at first, but she got pissy when I refused to talk shit about John to her. Anyway, recently she's "declared war" on John and his bands and even Randy and Allison, who were her friends before she started dating John. She called the cops on them yesterday while they were having band practice and said they were harassing her, and she posted stuff on the internet about Allison's boobs and how ugly she was (she's not ugly, she's cute, and Jessica has no room to call anyone ugly since she's huge as fuck) and this morning she was smoking pot on the first floor right below my window and she threatened to fuck our asses up and blah blah blah, and I'm tired of the bullshit. Crazy ass bitch. I called the apartment manager, I want her ass gone.


Jun. 21st, 2007 09:30 pm
edgarallenfrog: various pics of harvey milk (other hot guy)
Oh this is priceless. Click here.

Looks like Livejournal took over a Nebraska courtroom. :-p No more using THE R WORD guys, way too inflammatory.

My new layout is cool but it's making me go blind. ETA: Fixed.
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I wrote this to my friend quirkytizzy today after I got home and found my old journal back. It's honestly how I feel. Maybe you guys could help me decide whether to go back to my old journal or use this one and keep the new one simply as an archive...? I'm not sure. Either way, changes are in order.

Hello there. My old journal is back...but I'm not that person anymore. I don't know where to go, whether to use this new one or that old one, but I think I'll probably stick with the new one (as of right now that's my plan...maybe I'll just change the look of the malakijr one). Well, I did change the look, but to be honest I really loved the user name [livejournal.com profile] edgarallenfrog and I want to use it...anyone who wants to buy me a rename token be my guest. :-p

The thing that got to me the most was the insinuation that everyone who's survived rape reacts in the same way, like it's my duty to be offended by something and if I don't, I'm not supporting rape survivors. The Warmongers for Ignorance remove any context and any chance for reasonable dialogue and screaming in anger and sarcasm and shock value and cruel joking...things that were the catalyst for my healing. Until I stepped outside my bubble, I didn't watch the kinds of movies and shows that showed me that what happened to me was abuse and it was wrong. Until I watched movies like Hostel I didn't know how to react to what had happened to me or how to handle having a panic attack while I do something routine like watch a movie, until I watched Fight Club I didn't know I was slowly pretending to be someone I wasn't to the point where if I didn't integrate myself and admit who I really was I might be so torn that eventually I'd split myself in two, until I watched Judging Amy I didn't realize that masturbating is something abuse survivors do and it's not something I do because I'm a sinful evil person (not to mention the fact that I started it so young doesn't mean I'm evil, it's a normal way people cope with abuse).

I shit you not, I was so sheltered all my life I never knew most of these things. I had this horrific child and teenhood, and then I crawled into a fundamentalist bubble with well defined boundaries that clearly painted everything I did and loved as sinful, and I liked it that way because that's how I wanted to see myself. Honest and frank discussions, learning not to cringe or freak out at tasteless rape jokes, learning to start separating hugging and other forms of touching from sex...these kinds of things don't happen in a protected bubble. They happen when pop culture collides with real life, when angry violent music echoes loud enough to quiet the voices in my head, when violent movies spill enough blood to make me question my own desire for bloodshed and revenge, when books don't sugarcoat and step around subjects but when they use real language so I can gague how real people would speak and think on the subject...these things may not help everyone, but they were the only way I could begin to sort through the broken pieces of my past and glue them together into a suitable foundation for the future. And what WoF wants to do is remove any kind of offensive wording and any kind of image or idea that might be dangerous or wrong, which in turn removes any chance for me to vent the dangerous and wrong parts of my soul. So much of my healing has come through unconventional means, and to suddenly be labelled as wrong like I had so often in my life, to suddenly find myself inadequate...it shook me. I'm not just being melodramatic, it seriously pissed me off and hurt me very much. I expect people from the fundamentalist bubble not to "get it" when they see the real me. I expected better from Livejournal. Now that the "idiots have gotten away from the big red delete button" as one person put it and the smoke has cleared, I don't want to leave Livejournal. I never did. I just wanted my community back, because as broken as it is sometimes, it's real. And that's what makes it beautiful.


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