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Amazon Is Cracking Down On Monster Porn, And We Won’t Stand For It


One of the great things about self-publishing it that it allows authors to get their works out to the masses without the hassle of going through publishers who might not understand the, er, niche appeal of what they write. Like, for example, erotica where ladies get down and dirty with mythological creatures like minotaurs, boar gods, cthulhu, and mermen. And hey, I may not agree with the Bigfoot porn you read, but I’ll defend to the death your right to read it.

The same is not true of Amazon, which has been yanking “cryptozoological erotica” from their digital shelves. For shame, Amazon. For shame.

The story comes from none other than the venerable Business Insider, which has an interesting piece on how monster porn writers have started seeing their books—popular works that in some cases have been up on the site for years with nary a problem—removed from publication with no advance notice and no word on why, exactly, the books are being pulled.

One such writer is Virginia Wade, whose works include the monster porn bestseller (“I was putting my daughter through college with the profits. I used to joke with her, ‘Bigfoot smut is paying for your school.’”) Cum for Bigfoot:

“They started sending my books randomly back to draft mode, and I’d get an email from them saying, ‘We found the following books in violation of our content guidelines.’ But they wouldn’t tell me why. There were no specifics. It was a huge guessing game trying to figure out what the issue was.”

Changing the title from Cum for Bigfoot to Moan to Bigfoot got some versions of the books reinstated, though they still only show up if you’re searching for them directly, making it more difficult for amateur monster porn enthusiasts to find their new favorite book.

Amazon’s content guidelines prohibit “offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts,” but that A) is really vague, and B) describes a lot of books that Amazon happily sells (looking at you, Marquis de Sade). This whole thing started when some people in the UK got upset about rape, incest, and bestiality porn books, and in their quest to get rid of that Amazon extended their ire to monster porn (a lot of which still features non-consensual sex between women and monsters, but hell, if someone wants to read that then more power to ‘em).

I recommend reading the whole piece on BI, because it’s deeply fascinating and reading some of these book titles is effing hilarious (Boffing Bigfoot, The Horny LeprechaunSex With My Husband’s Anatomically Correct Robot, etc.). There’s also a discussion on whether sex with mythological creatures counts as bestiality, a decision the California legal system totally punked out on making back when they ruled on the hot button issue of whether prisoners should be allowed to read werewolf erotica.

I’m still waiting for official word.

(via: io9)

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  • nclowe

    Don’t blame us Brits! It’s our crap government getting in a tizzy about the wrong things again. Anything not mainstream or in their Oxbridge interests is evil and must be bought under their inept control.

    They recently made all the Internet Providers install filters to block porn so you now have to opt in to receive adult sites….except the filters aren’t actually blocking porn and are instead blocking help sites for abuse victims and sexual health sites.

  • HamsterMasterSamster

    Yeah, nothing to do with us! Just another “Won’t someone please help the children?!” initiative from people whose knowledge of the internet is that it is a series of tubes, and also there’s, like, child pornography on it somewhere.

    I really hate porn censorship like this. Hate, hate hate. How do you define what’s ‘offensive’? Some people find even the idea of recreational sex a moral crime.

    Meanwhile, the actual criminals they were trying to hit with this happily continue to distribute their actually illegal porn amongst each other in the darkest, hidden recesses of the internet that your everyday internetter has no clue about. They just don’t know why this random LGBTQ website is suddenly blocked by this (plainly incredibly intelligent) filter.

  • Anonymous

    Why not just have an age verrified search filter & checkout system for these?
    All the writers interviewed appear to be women. The patriarchy strikes again!

  • http://bayareageekguide.com/ Mike Chen

    I’m more offended by the awful font choice on the robot book.

  • Anonymous

    “…a lot of which still features non-consensual sex between women and
    monsters, but hell, if someone wants to read that then more power to ‘em.”? More power to the people who like to read about rape?

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Kinks are kinks. I’m not into shaming people for them.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    “It’s always about some young fair girls being ravished by some gigantic male monster. Sounds like same old unfunny misogyny to me.”

    I get where you’re coming from, but this smacks of kink shaming. People are into what they’re into.

  • Pink Apocalypse

    There’s nothing people love more than the warm fuzzy glow of smug, self-superiority when it comes to condemning kinks.

    Brace for shit-storm.

  • Alice Ruppert

    Rape fantasies are very common among lots of women and men and have little to do with actual rape. Fantasizing or reading about rape/”consensual non-consent” does absolutely NOT mean wanting to get raped or promoting rape in any way.

  • Anonymous

    Kink
    “shaming?” Really? I wonder what that would take. Seems to me a few people
    could stand to be ashamed (not that they would remember how). Unreal.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm… just for S&Gs I looked this up on Amazon. Moan for Bigfoot the Kindle edition is free. That’s right, $0.00.

  • Kim

    Yeah, no, that’s not kink shaming in the least bit.

  • Anonymous

    Probably TMI, but I’m one of those who has “rape” fantasies. I in no way want to be raped, neither do I find -any- pleasure in hearing about real people being raped.

    Much like those who enjoy murder mysteries or novels about war generally aren’t thrilled when real people are killed.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think you can kink shame, when it deals with media that’s not consensual. I’m into this kind of stuff too, but…I completely agree that it’s super problematic (at best).

  • Anonymous

    If only. And while the banhammer is being wielded, why not swing it towards Twilight-derivative fan fiction, say Fifty Shades of Grey?

  • Anonymous

    I really, really want to know what Margaret Atwood would make of this. Because she wrote about this (http://opalcp12.wikispaces.com/file/view/Rape+Fantasies.pdf) and is awesome and is pretty much my personal morality litmus test. I think she’d favour the ban (even if it is a form of censorship), but I’d like to hear her take on it.

  • Anonymous

    Out of curiosity are they ONLY targeting cryptoporn or are they targeting ANY self-pubbed porn even if it’s between two humans?

  • Anonymous

    “Page not found?”

  • Anonymous

    Crud. They must have detected the direct linkage, maybe?

  • http://www.justplainsomething.com JustPlainSomething

    My boyfriend kept daring me to write metamorphosis erotica for Amazon so I can actually make money on the smut I normal write for fandom stuff. I guess THAT cashcow is off the table!

  • http://www.justplainsomething.com JustPlainSomething

    But to be honest, this is sexual stories written largely for women and a lot of sex positive in nature. We can have the arguments about kink and what constitutes healthy sexual expression and what not, but this is still by and large one of the mediums that women can find a safe haven in (yes, even the silly ones). We live in a world where sexualized violence against women can be in a PG-13 movie but where erotic stories for women are dismissed as filth. That’s pretty messed up.

  • Anonymous

    That’s normally the case. And I try to be very critical of most forms of entertainment, in terms of plot, structure, social implications, anything I can get my hands on. It’s not just helpful to me as a general human being to examine and discuss unfortunate implications, but I also feel it’s helpful as a writer. If there’s an element of a story, I like to take it apart, see what works, what makes it tick, and what’s a fly in the ointment, be it structural, plot related, or society related.

    Kink is different. I’m not into the stuff here, but there are other things, which I shan’t mention, due to deep personal shame. To say it’s uncomfortable to have a part of your sexuality that is vastly at odds with your own morality is a vast understatement. I hated myself for my own fantasies for years. It didn’t matter what I did, said, or how much I knew I would never, EVER condone that sort of thing in real life, I still felt like a monster inside. It’s only better at all now because I found someone as bad as I am. Because no matter how many times you tell yourself that it’s fine, it just feels like a lie. Even so, it’s still not something I’m over, and I’m not sure it’s something I ever will be over.

    It’s not the same as something that has issues but is still entertaining. Those are things you like in spite of the issues. It’s easy to take out that issue and talk about it, because it’s something about the work that’s bad. It’s not the entertaining part, it’s the thing it would have been better without. When it’s kink, you criticize the stuff about the work you like, even though you shouldn’t. The more you criticize the very elements that brought you to a work as horrible, twisted, and misogynistic, the more you do criticize yourself.

    I have been there. I have ripped works similar to these apart, and ripped myself apart in the process. I never want to go back to that place of self loathing again.

    This is not to say that no one may ever criticize kink material, but you have to understand, I know all too well everything wrong with the material. And reading criticisms of it can be somewhat triggering for me.

  • Kim

    Yeah and I have a major issue with people hand-waving sexist and racist tropes in favor of “personal preferences”.