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What exactly are the porn standards?

  1. I'm about to start a series on post-modernism and the difficulty of determining the meaning of media. Also, I intend to deal with the ethical considerations of declaring works to be moral or immoral. I intended to address pornography at some point in this series and the different theories about what makes it good or bad and how its audience interprets it. I understand I can't host porn. I assume embedding is also out. Is extensive linking to what I'm talking about OK? I can't see it working if I just have to describe how racial stereotypes are presented in porn instead of illustrating it, for instance. Also, I'll want to link to places like Adult DVD Talk to back-up my claims about how the audience conceives of the material. Whether such sites are themselves porn is somewhat disputed. Is this acceptable?

    The blog I need help with is aceofsevens.wordpress.com.

  2. This is probably best answered by Staff, as they have the final word. I've tagged this thread for their attention.

  3. From the TOS http://en.wordpress.com/tos/
    Please don’t:
    •Post explicit sexual materials that can be considered pornographic, such as explicit images or video of sexual acts or close-up images of genitalia;
    •Post links or banner ads to adult-oriented affiliate networks, such as pornography site signups;
    •Post links, text, or images promoting or advertising escort services;
    •Post images of extreme violence or gore without associated context or commentary;
    •Post images of child pornography;
    •Post content that promotes pedophilia, such as blogs with galleries of images of children where the images, content surrounding the images, or the intent of the blog is sexually suggestive.

    Go to the front of your blog - top left hand corner
    Under your gravatar is a drop-down menu
    One link in that menu is "Report a mature"
    Click it and complete the form and submit it to Staff.

  4. Hi, aceofsevens
    I could realise at least four points you want to address in the series you want to carry out: the first is "post-modernism"; the second "the difficulty of determining the meaning of media"; the third "deciding whether some works are moral or immoral"; and the forth "pornography". Well, I see these four points to be related and all center on post-modernism--which mainly focuses on pornography--although there are other post-modern negative practices everywhere in our societies today which also call our attention. So, I understand you're more concerned about pornography with the aim of arguing that it's bad {and should be abolished}. It is a topic worth considering addressing extensively to an effect. And such topic isn't a type you should just describe without adequate evidences of its overwhelming effects on our lives. Just addressing it without enough proof of its negative effects cannot have any impact, for we live in an era when people can't accept your words without proofs. You should also understand that the series you want carry out on the issue is a persuasive one; therefore, you need to have enough backups, and I believe you have. Just as timethief rightly said, do all the postings and try to analyse their overwhelming effects. BRAVO..:)

  5. Thanks, tt, for posting that. I entirely missed it in the TOS.

    But it does raise a dilemma for the OP as to how they are going to present their proofs. Perhaps someone else can make a suggestion.

  6. Those measures are clearly anti-sex-trade, that's all. They don't want anyone advertising sex or sex services, even via links. If it really is an academic examination, staff will probably approve it. But they might want to see the post before it goes up.

  7. Clemsa. I think you've misconstrued the concept. Porn is just one topic covered in a series. You can see some of my views on sex work here. The series is tentatively titled "Huck Finn is racist." I'm going to talk about the problems of assessing content by means of tally sheet, which tends to lead to thinks like banning Huck Finn for containing racial slurs. Trying to decide if the meaning is positive is also problematic because who is to say what anything means? I'll be writing about Sucker Punch here, which has been interpreted as everything from misogynistic drivel to a feminist masterpiece. In a later installment I intend to apply this argument to porn to show how it's difficult to have a meaningful discussion about whether anything promotes a healthy view of sex because people will not be able to agree about what view of sex any particular work is promoting.

    From the above, It looks like links to regular porn sites that are not escort services are OK. Embedding would probably count as posting.

    My blog is mainly about philosophy. I get into ethical question about sex sometimes, but it's normally nothing inappropriate for a thirteen-year-old. What would marking as mature do? Is this by post or the whole blog?

  8. Marking it as mature means that your username wouldn't be a link to the blog, and you won't appear in the Global Tag pages, but that's really not much of a loss since traffic from them is minimal. And the setting is for the Whole blog, not just one post.

  9. Links to explicit content in this context would be OK but we would ask that you not post the images or videos directly in your blog. Your blog will need to be marked as Mature.

    Descriptions of the material in this context would be OK.

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