Porno Palace

Shaker Aaron emails: “Not sure if you’ve received 10,000 emails informing you of this peculiarity (although I’m not surprised)…but whatever software my company (large global firm) uses to filter out certain websites has classified Shakesville as pornography. This actually seems to happen a great deal with some of the left wing sites I frequent…sadly it seems I’m still able to visit the Michelle Malkins and Rush Limbaughs of the world.”

Pornography! Well. I don’t know whether to be miffed or proud!

In any case, welcome to America 2.0, where using adult language to register your passionate anger about our torture policy gets you branded “obscene,” but advocating on behalf of our torture policy does not.

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21 responses to “Porno Palace

  1. nightshift66

    I know porn sites. Porn sites have been friends of mine. You are no porn site.

    Now, Michelle Malkin in a cheerleader outfit… THAT’S porn!

  2. tomeck

    If using adult language gets you labelled as a porn site, what does that say about VP Dick “Go fuck yourself” Cheney?

  3. This is also the case for me – I’m currently working in a school in the south east of London, and the local authority filtering service blocks shakesville as ‘obscene’.

  4. Now, Michelle Malkin in a cheerleader outfit… THAT’S porn!

    Ew ew ew ew ew ew ick ew gross getitoffme! I prefer women who are curvier, older than me, and who carry less of that internalized self-loathing that she seems to. If there were some kind of indecent proposal involved, I’d go for the million, but I’d be real clear that I wasn’t really fucking Malkin, I was fucking a million dollars. With gloves and Saran Wrap involved.

    Fortunately, that’s a scenario as likely to occur in real life as the moon crashing into the Earth within my lifetime. Alas, no million. But no Malkin! Bonus!

  5. bet you’re banned in china too. i know i am, which means you gotta be. my mom still complains because i use fuck when i’m writing recipes. . .

    ah well, fuckit.

  6. Melissa McEwan

    bet you’re banned in china too.

    We are.

  7. SAP

    Thankfully, no one here at my work picked up on the whole “Queen Cunt of Fuck Mountain” thing. Yet. 🙂

  8. I’ve always maintained that the next police state will be the over stretching arm of the corporation.

  9. I wonder if fuck actually means institutionalized corruption. Or perhaps, Tough shit, you indentured, debt-crippled capitalist slaves: accept our poisoned imports or else in Chinese?

  10. SAP

    NS66,

    Thank you so much for reminding me of that cinematic horror. I had done my best to forget it.

    Strangely enough, her stint in the gorilla mask is helping. I think.

    Either way, it makes my head hurts.

  11. KarateMonkey

    I can get to the site from work, but almost all of the pictures are blocked. I didn’t worry too much about what I was missing before, but I’m starting to wonder.

  12. Arkades

    It was only a matter of time before QCOFM got banned by all those net nannies ninnies!

  13. Arkades

    Hmf. My tags disappeared; nannies was supoosed to be in strikeout mode. Blah.

  14. Paen

    What a warped society we live in when Shakesville is called obscene and Bush’s ravings are called the news.

  15. (Adjusting his Tin-Foil hat)

    Maybe, just maybe … the corporations that make this software put a little something else in the code that would favor blocking liberal sites?

    I’m just saying ….

  16. nightshift66

    Moira and SAP,
    Just to be clear, I was disapproving of MM’s appearance. But always glad when I can bring some ray of sunshine into people’s lives…

    ducks and exits rapidly, moving in serpentine fashion….

  17. Dear Nightshift,

    The sarcasm came through quite well without needing to resort to anything so clumsy as <snark> tags. I just had a handflappy moment and felt that it would be good to share.

    Ray of sunshine indeed. I’m like to get skin cancer at this rate.

    Warmly*,

    Moira

    * No, really! 🙂

  18. Well, this is going to get me slamdunked no doubt, but here goes.

    a) I’m all for expressing outrage. There’s no way to express enough outrage about all the Bushcrimes, the shredding of the Constitution, and the whole nine yards. Sharing the outrage is one of the reasons I read Shakesville.

    b) I really, really, really get tired of reading fuck, and cunt, and pussy this, and douchebag that all over the web. By no means just Shakesville. Why? Because every single one of them puts women down. Men don’t douche. Men don’t have pussies. (They have “balls,” you’ll notice, with a very different connotation. The fact that women have balls too, aka “ovaries,” never seems to enter into it.) “Fuck” means what it does because of the condition it’s supposed to leave the *female* in, not the male.

    Why, when I come to a great, progressive, side-of-the-angels site, do I have to stumble on these goddamn putdowns?

    (Angry? Me? What gives you that idea? It’s been 30 years since the 70s, when people started realizing what language could do to us, and we’ve gone *backward*.)

    So, yeah, I have a problem with it, and it’s got nothing to do with nannies, or ninnies, or censorship, or squeamishness. It has to do with not wanting to get slapped in the face by my friends. It has to do with the meanings of the words. If they didn’t have those meanings, they wouldn’t work as curses. So when they’re used, the user is buying into the meaning. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t use them, and say, “Oh, they don’t really mean that.”

    (And, no, I don’t think substituting dildo and dickhead is a solution. The solution I want to see is that we all stop putting each other down except with reason. I.e. put El Arbustino down as low as you want. Invent extra circles of hell.)

    And as for expressing outrage: absolutely. Do it. There’s not enough of it. I don’t think the most effective way to do that is to use the same words over and over again, and to use the same words for everything. Good insults are an art, and both writers and commenters here are good enough to come up with great ones.

  19. Erin M

    The filters were just too clever for Wolfram. They knew what pinata really meant. 😉 (Sorry, can’t manage a tilde on this computer.)

  20. tas

    Loaded Mouth was labeled as porno, too. I found this out one night when I was at Panera Bread and couldn’t get to my own damn website. I shot off a nasty email to the company and, surprisingly, the next I was at Panera I was able to check my own damn website.

    But yeah.. Profanity = Porno. But saying that Arabs belong in concentration camps, a-la Malkin.. Perfectly OK! Gotta love those American morals.

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