I sent a snippy little email to Amazon.com yesterday. I wrote:
I am offended that Amazon.com has determined that all books with Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgendered subject matter are "adult." I am very offended, and have asked everyone in my workplace to boycott Amazon until Amazon changes its policy, apologies to the GLBT community, and does some sort of penance for its hateful policy.
They responded thusly:
This is an embarrassing and ham-fisted cataloging error for a company that prides itself on offering complete selection.
It has been misreported that the issue was limited to Gay & Lesbian themed titles - in fact, it impacted 57,310 books in a number of broad categories such as Health, Mind & Body, Reproductive & Sexual Medicine, and Erotica. This problem impacted books not just in the United States but globally. It affected not just sales rank but also had the effect of removing the books from Amazon's main product search.
Many books have now been fixed and we're in the process of fixing the remainder as quickly as possible, and we intend to implement new measures to make this kind of accident less likely to occur in the future.
Thanks for contacting us. We hope to see you again soon.
Satisfied? Hardly. They have known that Gay-themed books have been restricted as "Adult" since last February. I think they need to come up with a better explanation than this.
1. To censor and exclude on the basis of adult content in literature (except for Playboy, Penthouse, dogfighting and graphic novels depicting incest orgies). 2. To make changes based on inconsistent applications of standards, logic and common sense.
Etymology: from 12 April 2009 removal of sales rank figures from books on Amazon.com containing sexual, erotic, romantic, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or queer content, rendering them impossible to find through basic search functions at the top of Amazon.com’s website. Titles stripped of their sales rankings include “Bastard Out of Carolina,” “Lady Chatterly’s Lover,” several romance novels, GLBTQ fiction novels, YA books, and narratives about gay people.
Example of usage: “I tried to do a report on Lady Chatterly’s Lover for English Lit, but my teacher amazon ranked me and I got an F on grounds that it was obscene.”
Alternate usage: “My girlfriend wanted to preserve her virginity, and I was happy to respect that, then she amazon ranked and decided anal sex was okay.”
Amazon.com delisted the sales ranking of almost all books with GLBT content. When their shit was called for it, they blamed in on a "glitch" which they claim to be fixing. Interesting, is it not? Here's a list of books which were de-listed and a list of books which were not. We report, you decide.
It's a beautiful day on the central California coast, so I'm putting on my Easter bonnet a
nd heading to Dolores Park to spend the day with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. This is their 30th anniversary and sisters are here from all over the world. My roommate, also known as Pope Dementia the First and Last, gave a brunch for several of them on Friday. Below are Kiet, Chris, and Guillaume. Later today I get to meet their Sister personnae, Sisters Ecstasia, Euphroa and Innocente. That's Huntly in the darker shirt and Philip looking in over their sholders. They're the three in the magenda t-shirts. I'll have a full report later this evening. Meanwhile, go celebrate!