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WHAT THE FUCK IS UP WITH AMAZON??? ~.m. by maria b.

i’m not going to spend too much time here trying to explain the details of this Amazon.com thing (cuz Jezebel does it way better), but generally speaking, what’s happening is this: a lot of LGBT books on Amazon (both LGBT authors and LGBT topics) are being stripped of their bestseller rankings and classified as “Adult” books, making them more difficult to find and buy. in addition, there seems to be a troubling double standard in the selection of the books classified as “Adult.” for example, Ellen DeGeneres’ biography is classified as “Adult,” but Ron Jeremy’s is not. here’s an excerpt from the Jezebel post by hortense:

[D]ue to the removal of sales rankings, the first title that pops up when one searches “homosexuality” on Amazon is the aforementioned A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Homosexuality. Also in the top 10 when one searches for “homosexuality:” Coming Out Of Sexuality: New Freedom For Men And WomenCan Homosexuality Be Healed?, and When Homosexuality Hits Home: What To Do When A Loved One Says They’re Gay, which carries this description: “The heart–wrenching declaration that a loved one is a homosexual is increasingly being heard in Christian households across America. How can this be? What went wrong? Is there a cure?” 

so, WTF??? i’m pissed about this. i haven’t done the necessary research to figure out who’s responsible, but i’m also curious about why?? presumably, these books have been in the rankings since their publication, so why re-classify them now? is this some kind of bitter act of retribution in response to the recent gay marriage victories? the more i think about it, the angrier i get. seriously, WTF??? the trend indicated by which books are and are not classified as “Adult” is disturbing. i haven’t done the research, but who owns and runs amazon.com? WHAT is going on with these people?

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WTF indeed! I should march right over there—wherever….that…….is—and give them a piece of my mind! Seriously wtf. This is a Moment of WTF! Or would be on my blog.

Also, how lamentable that that sticker thing is missing the hyphen between ‘narrow’ and ‘minded.’ But it makes up for it by putting a halo around the ‘J’ in ‘Jesus.’

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