Man Candy Monday
A holy image for Easter! (Thanks to Janine Ashbless for this one.)
You’re probably aware by now of the storm growing over Amazon’s outrageous decision to remove erotica, erotic romance and LGBT fiction and non-fiction from its book sales rankings. If you haven’t seen the list of ‘de-ranked’ books, check it out. Amazon’s definition of ‘adult material’ includes non-explicit LGBT texts. So you will no longer find on Amazon’s bestseller lists books such as Annie E Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain, Radclyffe Hall’s Well of Loneliness, EM Forster’s Maurice, Edmund White’s A Boy’s Own Story.
There are many casualties. Our own books have been delisted so we now have a farcical situation where Amazon’s Adult Fiction Chart contains two out of print books! But of course, the worst of this is the clear homophobia this policy expresses. Amazon are a major power. Their site is used by millions not just for the purchase of books but as a significant bibliographic resource. If seminal queer texts are not appearing on their bestseller lists, if gay parenting guides don’t feature alongside other parenting guides, if YA novels with gay characters have to be hunted down, if books on homophobia are de-listed, this is censorship, this is suppression of non-normative sexualities. And it is utterly indefensible.