Amazon silences the homogay manga
By Alex Cranz
Oh yaoi. I don’t really get you. I’m just not into watching two guys sword fight with their junk. Also at least one yaoi lead just looks like a flat-chested girl…with junk. It confuses me.
But a lot of women love them some man-on-man action. A lot of women like lady-on-lady action. A lot of women like tranny-on-tranny action. Some women even like tranny-on-manny-on-lady action. As long as it’s between consenting adults I couldn’t give a fook.
Amazon gives a fook though. Which is why back in 2009 a “glitch” on Amazon removed listings for all kinds of homogay content. For a while in 2009 if you wanted to read Booker Prize finalist Fingersmith (and you should anyways) you would have to get your sapphic Victorian mystery fix from Barnes and Noble or go home. But the “glitch” got fixed and Amazon explained it all away with some technobabble that would have made the writers of Star Trek proud.
Only now they’re removing yaoi content from Kindles.
First. I did not know you could read manga on your kindle. Excuse me while I check to see if the latest issue of Hayate X Blade is available.
It is not.
Second. What the F Amazon. According to sources there’s stilly plenty of sexy manga/comic time on the Kindle. Only it’s between consenting ladies (who look creepy and plastic) and consenting ladies and dudes. If you want to get your homolez on it’s all good. But you desire some homogay times? NEIN.
Third. As pointed out elsewhere, the main consumers of the yaoi are young women. The gatekeepers of the yaoi (Amazon) are men. Coincidence?
I’m actually going to say yes. Because if people are purposely removing yaoi content because two men in love is scary, then they’re probably pretty ignorant and think that the main consumers of the yaoi are strapping young men…who want to peg other men.
Fourth. Oh wait many yaoi works are still available via the Kindle. And they’re works from the same publisher that’s had other yaoi works removed.
This leads me to think it’s another “glitch.” Ten bucks the “glitch” will be “resolved” when some guy at Amazon gets “fired.”
If it isn’t a glitch. If it’s the beginning of Amazon weeding out “pornographic” content then we have a problem. I understand why Amazon doesn’t want porno on the Kindle, but guess what Amazon. You’re in the book/manga/comic business. You’re the largest distrubutor of ebooks in the US. You cannot start a trend of censorship.
There is a slippery slope and removing content because it’s “pornographic” places you on that slippery slope. Shoot it’s already evidenced by the fact that someone can download this:
So Amazon. Don’t be an idiot. Stop censoring stupid sexy manga. Because otherwise we have to have ANOTHER debate about censorship and as the daughter of a librarian, I’ve lived with that debate my entire life and I’m tired of it.