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Amazon:Homophobia, Search,and Censoring: Sign the Petition

 Amazon.com is excluding gay and lesbian books, including serious worksof scholarship, poetry, fiction, and criticism, by writers ranging fromEllen DeGeneres to Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Michel Foucault, from itssearches and lists.  An international protest against this policy isbeing organized now.  You can sign the petition here:http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/119673661/

 

 

FROM JEZEBEL:  " According to author Mark R. Probst, Amazon.com has begun pulling the sales rank numbers from several gay and lesbian books, claiming that the books are "adult" and should be excluded from some searches and lists.

Probstnoticed the disappearing rankings after searching for a fewhigh-profile gay romance novels; believing there was some sort ofglitch in the system, he continued researching and discovered that"HUNDREDS of gay and lesbian books simultaneously lost their salesrankings," including his own book, The Filly. When Probst contacted Amazon regarding the situation, he was given this response by the company:

In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature.
Hence, if you have further questions, kindly write back to us.
Best regards,
Ashlyn D
Member Services
Amazon.com Advantage"

 

The books stripped of search rankings include Ellen DeGeneres' memoir, books by queer theorist Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, poetry by Audre Lorde, fiction by E. M. Forster, and Foucault's History of Sexuality.  Yet there are numerous straight "adult" titles still on the list.  Amazon.com began calling this a "policy," is now calling it a "glitch" . . . and it needs our protest.

 

Here's the Jezebel article on Amazon's policy:  http://jezebel.com/5209088/why-is-amazon-removing-the-sales-rankings-fro...

 

 

And here is a petition you can sign to protest the policy:  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/119673661/ 

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