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Taking a stand against an oppressive LJ policy 
24th-Jun-2006 11:19 am
breastfeeding

To meet LiveJournal's puritanical decency standards, this userpic may require censoring.

This userpic is clearly pornographic.

Please Photoshop® a shirt over the mother and children or discuss proposed censorship on the talk page. See LiveJournal's guide to living in the 1950s for suggestions.




As part of a move towards Wikipediaesque editorial standards, the LJ team has been cracking down on what they obviously consider to be a virulent form of pornography that could easily corrupt the minds of young children. Is it Jack/Will slash? Kirk/Spock slash? Kefka/Kim Jong-il slash? Child porn? Food porn? Pictures of the new MacBook? Lesbian tortoise tribadism? No, no, unfortunately not, no, thankfully no, not yet, and no. I'm not actually sure what a lot of these are, but I noticed these and many more in the latest LiveJournal posts. The problem here is breastfeeding. The LJ team seems to think that it's a fluke that civilized countries and at least some parts of the United States are okay with this kind of thing going on in public, and they'll be damned if they'll let it go on unchecked in their servers. I think most people will agree that it's not pornography. It's natural and healthy, and there's no reason mothers should be ashamed of it. Breastfeeding helps promote healthy youngsters, and as long as there is still a stigma attached to it, we need communities to promote it. These communities need icons, and maybe, just maybe, a logical icon might involve breastfeeding. As long as LiveJournal is 100% cool with hosting pro-cutting communities (groups of people who sneak into libraries, slice pretty pages out of antique books, and sell them on E-bay), I don't see how they can possibly object to breastfeeding.

Since LJ is now taking all of their queues from Wikipedia, I decided to see what kind of take Wikipedia had on breastfeeding. Here's a usurpt from what they say:

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A breastfeeding infant

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They follow this up with an actual photo of a breastfeeding infant! Come on, LJ, what is your problem? Wikipedia doesn't feel the need to censor images of breastfeeding. Why should you?

Feel free to use this icon in the fight against censorship. Power!
Comments 
24th-Jun-2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
Did you make the icon? I like to give credit where credit is due.
24th-Jun-2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
The icon was taken from a photo found in the Wikipedia list of cat images (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Images_of_cats, which may disappear at any moment). Text was added by wintersweet.
26th-Jun-2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
Not only that but a woman breast feeding is HOT.

ok maybe you don't want me as a spokesperson....
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10th-Jul-2006 06:13 am (UTC) - Re: Ask Miss Kitty
I'm doing well. Sorry about the bouncing mail. sharedwing.net moved, and for some reason everyone forgot to change my address.

What do I look like in a friend? Well, that person should be awesome, especially if he/she is also likely to be tasty. I'm friends with a few tasty animals, like my duck pals Rocky and Genevieve, but they're pretty cool. I was friends with a ground squirrel named Frederick once. He was the cutest little thing you've ever seen, and while he had some fascinating ideas on economic theory and the green revolution, he just smelled like a meal. Second, he/she would have to think that I'm awesome, and the more predatory the potential friend is, the more awesome he/she would need to think I am. I'm not too keen on being eaten. Big laps are a plus, too. as is a certain freeness with scritching.

Anyhow, welcome to the neighborhood.
10th-Jul-2006 05:27 pm (UTC) - Re: Ask Miss Kitty
Anonymous
Cool. I was worried you'd say something like they'd have to be exceedingly brilliant and gregarious. I used to think I was smart or at least smarter than most [that sounds awful]. For a while, that's what I thought kept me from being eaten or worse. Yes muggles get eaten too. Sometimes we get too close to an apparently harmless bear or shark. I've seen this happen a lot of times. Anyways it turns out it wasn't my wits though, it was mostly just luck. Now there's "an expression marked by a deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning," a lot like my pen name, gaudery.

You don't have to worry about me eating you, I don't eat cats. I'm actually thinking of getting back on the veggie diet. I was on it for more than 4 months. More over I don't intentionally hurt any mammals, even people I dislike [my tragic flaw]. But then again, back in high school, I almost hurt [as bad as you can imagine] those that care for me the most. Pretty stupid reason too, all things considered.

As for the awesome bit, I don’t know if I am, I definitely different though. I don’t act normal, I actually get told this a lot. They tell me I’m being stupid, that I need to grow up. Well, I’m not sure I like grown ups anyways. As for you, I’ve read your journal, I… I think you are extraordinary [I like that song too]. But you might eat me.

Hmmm… I’ll risk it.

Thanks for the welcome,
gaudery

PS. That squirrel, it wasn’t just a British Admiral thing right? I mean, he had it coming right?
More importantly, although I’ll admit I had to google scritching [like Mr. Beechey], I like to scritch. I scratch, cuddle, groom [sort of], even kiss Lucas, who’s my sister’s [my] cat. It’s kind of cool the way he peers, to hear him breath, the walks up and down my legs, resting on my chest. Actually the whole sleeping on my chest thing can be painful, he’s bolted a couple of time because of some random car noise or lightning, and… well… unlike Simba [my sister’s other cat], he has his nails. Lastly the kissing thing, kissing on the forehead, I must add, Lucas is a boy cat.

So what do cats talk about?
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