The latest LiveJournal Abuse Team abuse is “nipplegate”. Someone on the Abuse team decided that female nipples were offensive. When this was challenged, the terms of service were promptly rewritten to retroactively justify the decision. (Which, if you’ll recall, is something I suggested as a resolution for my disagreement with the abuse team, and something they rejected out of hand and claimed wasn’t possible.)
If anyone had any hopes that the purchase by sixapart would lead to a little more maturity and professionalism from LJ Abuse, it seems like that day is a long way off. They claim that a total ban on female nipples is essential, but that pictures of a dead baby with congenital defects are OK.
A bunch of people have temporarily deleted their journals in protest. I’m sure that’ll achieve precisely nothing; save LJ money on bandwidth as a protest? Who thought that one up? If you want to protest, take your content elsewhere. But I’m doubtful anyone will do that, though it does seem as if the number of active accounts on the system has started to drop.
Anyhow, I mention this because coincidentally, I’ve just finished migrating my Vegas pictures and writeups. The pictures are now on Flickr, you can find the writeups via search or tags. In particular, back in 2004 I wrote:
Which brings me on to the subject of breasts. They seem to be a major source of fascination in Las Vegas. You take an otherwise tired concept like a bunch of women dancing on stage, add a sprinkling of tits, and magically you have compelling entertainment.
I notice that one of the shows has two versions. During the day you can see the clothed edition, which is billed as suitable for children of 5 and up. In the evening, there¿s the topless version of the exact same show, which you need to be 16 to see. From this I deduce that young American children will be traumatized if exposed to the sight of human breasts; presumably they are all bottle-fed, which would also explain their later fascination with watching Vegas showgirls.
Ah, those funny Americans and their bizarre puritanical ideas. I remember being amazed back in 1997 when I discovered that Victoria’s Secret airbrushed the nipples from the photos of women modeling their products. Then again, since breasts can shut down an airport and cost a TV station $550,000, maybe it’s best we try to protect children fromlearning about them.
Wait, what am I saying? They’re just breasts. Get over it, America.