Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My DeviantArt Account

I'm upset.  I hate to be the sort of person who vents via my blog, but I'm really angry.  Sometime last night, my DeviantArt account was suspended because I posted "pornographic" material.  While I don't dispute that what I create is, in fact, pornographic in nature (how could I?), what makes me angry is the fact that I've seen multiple instances of pornography on that site.  

I won't claim that they don't have the right to ban my account.  And I won't dispute that I violated their terms of service.  However, I will say that there's an incredibly uneven application of their rules, and I feel like my content was singled out because of its (transgender) nature.  The reason I think this is because I've had a few people comment (negatively) about my work, based solely on the fact that they think such (transgender) material is obscene and doesn't qualify as art.  Obviously, I deleted those comments, but if I had to guess, I think those same people took it a step further, and decided to report every last caption I've posted there (600+).

The thing about discrimination is that it's not often overt. It's subtle, and bigots use existing systems to ensure that rules and laws are unevenly applied.  It's between the lines, but it's discrimination nonetheless.  

Now, I'm not saying that it was definite bigotry.  I don't want to be one of those people who cries out about unfair treatment anytime something doesn't go my way.  All I'm saying is that that explanation makes sense within the context of what happened.  

Anyway, for those of you who preferred reading my captions on DeviantArt, you'll have to read them here, on my Tumblr, or on my Patreon (or if you don't mind waiting, my Imagefap).  As an aside, I'd love to hear suggestions about alternatives to DeviantArt.  

6 comments:

  1. Nikki, that's not right! Can you appeal the decision?

    I didn't even know you had a deviantart account. I check here daily but I download the Imagefap pix when you post them there monthly or whenever. Seems like they are bigger/better quality there but maybe that's not the case.

    Lesley Anne

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    1. I agree that it's not right, but there's not really anything I can do. I'm sure I can appeal it, but as I don't really have a leg to stand on (admittedly, I broke the user agreement), I don't think I want to try. I hadn't put that much effort into it to begin with (it had the same content as this blog), so I think it's better if I just cut my losses.

      Imagefap does have a better image viewer than Blogger, I agree, but the uploaded images are literally exactly the same.

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  2. Hmm, I wonder if there's some anti-TG posse out to police the internet this week? I was just reading about another friend who had some of her Pinterest boards deleted. They weren't explicit or pornographic, just clean TG captions. I had a similar issue with Google+ account (repeatedly) after somebody kept reporting my book reviews (which are clean enough to pass the Amazon content filters).

    Even if you do appeal, you're at the mercy of somebody who may be just as big of a bigot.

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    1. I wouldn't doubt it, honestly. With how much hate's been going around the past few years, I don't think it's unreasonable to think that a certain subset of people would take it upon themselves to scrub "obscene" content from the internet. I hate the idea of censorship because it gives oppressors an extra avenue to marginalize anyone who's different from the "norm". But maybe I'm an annoyed alarmist who's looking for something to justify a mentality of victimization. That sounds like something one of them would say, right?

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  3. OMG Nikki, so sorry that you were apparently targeted by a uninformed piece of s...! Sorry about that. I just can't understand why some people do these search and destroy missions. They obviously have no interest in the subject matter so why are they even here? To inflict their own beliefs and views on decency.
    This should not ne happening in this day and age. Your work is wonderful in the way you depict it. It is also unique as I have stated many times before in the "petite penis" concept you work with. What the hell?
    I am a fan of what you do, and there are many venues for showcasing I remember when Blogger was going to censor and remove content. There was such an outcry and people leaving that they changed their mind.
    Hang in there. Your fans will follow and find you.
    Talk soon.
    Rikki

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    1. I've moved past it, honestly. I only had around 200 followers there, and I'm sure there was some overlap between that and my other sites. It's not a huge deal (from a followers perspective), but I do think it'll end up keeping me from reaching an audience I otherwise wouldn't. But there's nothing to be done about it now, so there's no sense crying over it.

      As far as why people do it, I understand. Some do it because they genuinely think they're saving people from obscenity and sin. These are the same people who want to condemn homosexuals and transgender people; they think they're saving these people's souls from an eternity burning in hell. If you look at it that way (rather than as "hate"), it's a lot easier to understand their motivations. Others do it because they're repressing their own desires, and subconsciously want to rid themselves of the temptation. And still others are just assholes who like messing with people on the internet. I'm sure there are other reasons, but it's all variations of the same thing. They think they're better (or more virtuous) than the rest of us, and so, they think they have the obligation to be some sort of morality police.

      None of this is to excuse the behavior. I don't accept it anymore than you do; I just don't think their reasons are all that mysterious.

      Whatever the case, it's not a crippling blow my any means. Life will go on, and I'll continue posting my work - just not on DA. And I hope the rest of my fans follow suit.

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