Thursday, 26 February 2015

115: G-rated

There's been a lot of furore lately in the SL blogosphere about Blogger's decision to crack down on nudity (and more intimate expressions of affection, shall we call it). I automatically put an Adult rating on this blog when I began it, and I honestly thought I would have pictures of naked avatars, etc.
   In the interval, two things seem to have happened. One is that I don't spend a lot of time at Second Life locations where there is a lot of nudity -- not very interesting to me. The other is that I find, much to my surprise, that I'm a little hesitant to confront people directly with nudity and sexuality, and prefer to link to the places where they can find those visual images so they can decide whether or not they want to see them. I would say I'm far from a prude, but ... well, perhaps I'm getting more prudish in my old age.
   So I've removed the Adult rating from this blog. Thinking back, I cannot remember any instance where I've shown any nudity or sexual activity, although I've come close. I have no intention of doing so in the future; that's not really what I'm interested in discussing here.  Nothing against it, just not my area of interest.
   Now you know! I'm very sympathetic to my fellow bloggers who have chosen this area of subject matter as something they want to work with... honestly, folks, I'm angry with Blogger for doing this to you, and if everyone finds a place to host their blogs that is living in the 21st century, I may just join you. In the meantime, I'll be the mostly-fully-clothed guy right here doing interviews, etc.


  1. Nice article. Well stated. It RL I am a nudist. I do not see nudity as porn. I like your expression as to how you feel and your respect of others. Take care. I will always follow your blog.

  2. Thanks Carl, and I'm delighted to see that Blogger has changed its mind about adults expressing themselves on sexual topics. I'll be following you too!

  3. The fact still remains that Google puts bloggers with LGBT subject matter under increased scrutiny. This is discrimination. The admitted this by publishing their guidelines and saying that LGBT is "outsider sexuality". This is what happened to, it got rated adult and my content is far from sexual. I still am gonna move to Wordpress at some point, but now I don't have a deadline on my head.

  4. I see your point, Eddi, and I agree with you, this sounds discriminatory to me. I have a problem with moving to Wordpress because I don't wish to overlap my RL and SL identities ... I wonder if there are any other blog hosts that aren't discriminating. I'm glad to know that you will be still bringing us your informed take on SL, regardless of where it lives.