Thursday, December 6, 2018

What the freak is going on?

Have right-wing religious fanatics gotten together and bought a controlling interest in Facebook AND Tumblr?

Facebook bans users from saying if they're a 'top' or 'bottom'

Facebook certainly doesn’t mind if you’re gay, but a new rule forces users to keep what they do in the bedroom to themselves. Or at least move the conversation to Messenger.

The new content policy makes things like saying you’re a ‘top’ or a ‘bottom’ off-limits, in a move the social media behemoth says will combat content that “facilitates, encourages or coordinates sexual encounters between adults” and bars “sexually explicit language that may lead to solicitation.”

“Sex positions,” “sexual preference” and any number of other sexy umbrellas pertaining to “sexual hints” are all means for moderator intervention now.

Another common phrase you see a lot — “send nudes” — is a no-no, whether its meant as a joke or an actual request. The new rules ban “offering or asking for nude images.”

Via FB’s community standards:

“Do not post content that engages in implicit sexual solicitation, which can be identified by… using sexual hints such as mentioning sexual roles, sex positions, fetish scenarios, sexual preference/sexual partner preference, state of arousal, act of sexual intercourse or activity (sexual penetration or self-pleasuring), commonly sexualized areas of the body such as the breasts, groin, or buttocks, state of hygiene of genitalia or buttocks.”

Jennifer Scheurle@Gaohmee
Facebook’s updated community standards are fucking WILD! Stating your sexual orientation is now literally against the rules and is seen as solicitation.
Also butts are not ok anymore either.
Fuck this so much. Everything about it.
5:15 PM - Dec 5, 2018
Facebook has changed community standards. My strip club community watch the ads you post. Nothing can suggest “erotic dance” or even slang like “a good time”
Read the whole thing. I don’t want any one banned. …
8:18 AM - Dec 5, 2018·Wisconsin, USA

Even a Fox News reporter realized something might be amiss here:

Christopher Carbone@christocarbone
Have #LGBT folks noticed that #Facebook updated its community standards to ban a wider range of language around "sexual solicitation"? If so, what do they think? Email or DM me. …
8:13 AM - Dec 6, 2018

And one user pointed out the timing of the change, so close to Tumblr banning all adult content:

Jesse DM's maniacs@GiveMeAnAxe
with #tumblr banning adult content and now #Facebook banning all sexual innuendo in their "community standards" with #instagram likely to soon follow, what else is out there?
google plus?
12:00 PM - Dec 6, 2018

A Facebook spokesperson defended the changes, which were implemented in October, to PC Mag: “This change was prompted, in large part, by conversations with our content reviewers, who told us that the sexual exploitation policy did not adequately distinguish between exploitation (e.g. ‘My ex was a slut. Look at the photos she sent me.’) and solicitation (e.g. ‘Looking for swingers. Friday at 8 PM, [name of bar]. Wear pink.’).”

The spokesperson continued: “We’ll be putting out the minutes from our policy development meeting at which these changes are discussed and adopted, and we’ll also publish updates to our Community Standards so that people can track changes over time.”

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Why the Religious Right Hates Target

If you need a reason to patronize Target when shopping for holiday gifts or everyday supplies, here’s one: The religious right, especially the virulently anti-LGBTQ American Family Association, really, really hates the big-box retailer.

The primary source of the AFA’s ire is the inclusive policy Target announced for its restrooms and dressing rooms in 2016, allowing customers and employees to use whichever facilities matched their gender identity. At the time, it was a stick in the eye to the government of North Carolina, which had just passed a law requiring people to use only the accommodations designated for the gender they were assigned at birth, although it applied to government buildings only, not private-sector companies like Target. The law has now been partially repealed, while the AFA is still mad at Target.

“Let’s hold firm to our conviction that men have no place in women’s restrooms and dressing rooms and continue our pledge to boycott Target, especially through the Christmas shopping season,” AFA president Tim Wildmon said in a recent press release. The group claims to have documented several instances of sexual predation in Target restrooms.

It has pointed to incidents in Woburn, Mass., and Knoxville, Tenn. The Woburn case involved a man trying to get a young girl into a restroom stall in a Target. The Knoxville one involved a “peeping Tom” in women’s dressing rooms.

However, there’s no evidence these men were pretending to be transgender women – and their behavior remains a crime, regardless of whether a store has a transgender-inclusive policy for restrooms and changing rooms. Law enforcement agencies and sexual violence prevention experts have consistently reported no correlation between these inclusive policies and criminal conduct.

“Nondiscrimination laws do not allow men to go into women’s restrooms — period,” says the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence. “The claim that allowing transgender people to use the facilities that match the gender they live every day allows men into women’s bathrooms or women into men’s is based either on a flawed understanding of what it means to be transgender or a misrepresentation of the law.”

Nonetheless, the AFA continues its call to boycott Target, and it reports that nearly 1.5 million people have pledged to do so.

Other far-right groups have taken on Target at various times. In 2016, Anita Staver, president of Liberty Counsel, advised women to carry guns when shopping at Target, even though she couldn’t name a single incident in which a trans-inclusive restroom policy had led to increased violence.

And in 2014, the National Organization for Marriage called for a boycott of Target over the company’s support for marriage equality. Now marriage equality is the law of the land, Target still does plenty of business, and NOM is pretty much irrelevant.

It wasn’t so long ago, however, that LGBTQ activists were mad at Target. In 2010 it donated $150,000 to a political action committee supporting Tom Emmer for governor of Minnesota, where the company is based. Target officials said the donation was made because of Emmer’s business-friendly views and in spite of his anti-LGBTQ stances. CEO Gregg Steinhafel was apologetic, but Target kept on donating to homophobic politicians. Emmer, by the way, lost to Democrat Mark Dayton.

Then, in 2014, came Target’s support for marriage equality, in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in a federal appeals court. Its sales of Pride-related merchandise, portrayal of same-sex couples in advertising, and finally the trans-inclusive restroom and dressing room policy convinced LGBTQ activists and allies that Target had evolved. It has a 100 rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and has voiced support for the Equality Act, which is pending in Congress and would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, credit, and more on a national basis.

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And the delightful Lucas Hedges

In the category of WTF?

No more "adult" content on Tumblr . . . followed by an explanation of sorts . . . and a potential alternative . . .

Starting Dec 17, adult content will not be allowed on Tumblr, regardless of how old you are. You can read more about what kinds of content are not allowed on Tumblr in our Community Guidelines. If you spot a post that you don’t think belongs on Tumblr, period, you can report it: From the dashboard or in search results, tap or click the share menu (paper airplane) at the bottom of the post, and hit "Report."

What is "adult content?"

Adult content primarily includes photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content—including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations—that depicts sex acts.

What is still permitted?

Examples of exceptions that are still permitted are exposed female-presenting nipples in connection with breastfeeding, birth or after-birth moments, and health-related situations, such as post-mastectomy or gender confirmation surgery. Written content such as erotica, nudity related to political or newsworthy speech, and nudity found in art, such as sculptures and illustrations, are also stuff that can be freely posted on Tumblr.

What will happen to my adult content already on Tumblr?

We will send out email notices to members of the Tumblr community whose content has been flagged as adult. If your post has been flagged as adult, it will be reverted to a private setting viewable only by you. If you want to learn more about how to see those posts, see this help article.

As always, please make sure the email associated with your Tumblr account is one you use regularly. It’s how we get in touch when we need you!

My content was flagged as adult, but I don't think it should be. What should I do?

If you feel that we have categorized your post incorrectly, you can appeal this decision using the button on the post in question. Please note that this process is only possible to complete on the web or the Tumblr Android app version 12.2 or later to review your flagged content. If you are on iOS, please use the web to appeal for now.

Read more about how to review your content and appeal here.

What if my blog (not to be confused with posts) was marked as “explicit” before December 17, 2018?

Blogs that have been either self-flagged or flagged by us as “explicit” per our old policy and before December 17, 2018 will still be overlaid with a content filter when viewing these blogs directly. While some of the content on these blogs may now be in violation of our policies and will be actioned accordingly, the blog owners may choose to post content that is within our policies in the future, so we’d like to provide that option. Users under 18 will still not be allowed to click through to see the content of these blogs. The avatars and headers for these blogs will also be reverted to the default settings. Additionally, posts from these blogs are kept out of search results.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Break Time

Time for a trip someplace warm. Back early December. Till then, enjoy. New banner boy a little early.