I've read it all, and I still don't get it. So LJ says it reports child prOn to the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children--does that mean it reported recently banned journals? LJ says, " How do these policies apply to images of minors who are not real? To ensure that we are compliant with child pornography laws, we have decided to treat any content which contains a graphic visual depiction of a minor (anyone under the age of 18, as defined by Federal and California state law) engaged in sexually explicit conduct as a violation of our policy regarding illegal content."
Then right away we are pointed to sites that don't say a damn thing about fictional characters in a culture that is largely female and non-predatory (in the pedo sense at least).
What's this toe dance? Either fictional characters count or they don't.. LJ bans accounts featuring fictional (mature-looking) characters and yet points us to links that insist on identifying both perpetrators and victims of child pornography as real people.
from caselaw.lp.findlaw.com: (9) "identifiable minor" -
(A) means a person -
(ii) who is recognizable as an actual person by the
person's face, likeness, or other distinguishing
characteristic, such as a unique birthmark or other
from missingkids.com: When these images reach cyberspace, they are irretrievable and can continue to circulate forever. Thus the child is revictimized as the images are viewed again and again.
LJ states that written materials that have been reported over the years have rarely warranted review. I do believe that 16 year old manga characters doing the nasty aren't going to stir up much trouble, but I am sitting on my hands trying not to just flee LJ, the internet, and the country in a state of righteous indignation. So, tonight, it's either I start a "Mothers for Freedom of Sexual Imagination and Creativity" comm or just do a dumb poll:
What should this comm do in response to new LJ "clarifications?"
Stick it out as is.
Stick it out but camp at other journal sites
Get the Hell out of Dodge.
Move. You have friends who will report you.
Make this comm readable by members only
Does this inanity and fearmongering require a response at all?
For the record, I've started one inoffensive gen Bleach story that won't have half the artistic merit or ETHICAL GOODY MESSAGES as my sweet little love with sexual tingly feelings story about 12 year olds (will it become sexually explicit?--let's wait and see--I'm really in a mood to thumb my nose at LJ). I've taken the name "bleachness" to other journal sites and once I figure out the software, I hope to update it at other sites simultaneously with this one.
Ryuuken story coming soon--I promise.
Also to the two people who wrote me to say that they have every right to dislike the Hueco Mundo arc and still be Bleach fans--well, yeah, of course you do. I was just saying that you might be happier if you tried to like it. I know that when I'm mad at my boyfriend Kubo Tite, I just don't rest easy. In my case, obsessive adoration for him feels better that "you sadistic messed-up man, where did you hide your plot?" rantings in the wee hours. (Er, yes, I rail against a manga-ka halfway across the world at 1 a.m.--doesn't everyone?) EDIT: but yeah, never mind me, asking people to try to enjoy something they don't is like asking them to fake it during boring sex... although hmmm, that may actually work.