Sunday, April 12, 2009

A serious WTF

"Dear" Amazon,
WHAT. THE. FUCK???? Seriously. What the fuck is wrong with you?
Amazon Rank

amazon rank
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): amazon ranked

1. To censor and exclude on the basis of adult content in literature (except for Playboy, Penthouse, dogfighting and graphic novels depicting incest orgies).
2. To make changes based on inconsistent applications of standards, logic and common sense.

Etymology: from 12 April 2009 removal of sales rank figures from books on containing sexual, erotic, romantic, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or queer content, rendering them impossible to find through basic search functions at the top of’s website. Titles stripped of their sales rankings include “Bastard Out of Carolina,” “Lady Chatterly’s Lover,” several romance novels, GLBTQ fiction novels, YA books, and narratives about gay people.

Example of usage: “I tried to do a report on Lady Chatterly’s Lover for English Lit, but my teacher amazon ranked me and I got an F on grounds that it was obscene.”

Alternate usage: “My girlfriend wanted to preserve her virginity, and I was happy to respect that, then she amazon ranked and decided anal sex was okay.”

Definition courtesy of Smart Bitches, Trashy Book, you should totally by their new book Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels.
Amazon is stripping the rank of any "adult" titles from their rank in their database. Search for "Heather has 2 Mommies" and it's not until way down on the page before you find the book.
Search for homosexuality and what do you get: A Parent's Guide to Curing Homosexuality. According to one Amazon rep, they are doing this in response to customer complaints. Well, you know what? I find "A Parent's Guide to Curing Homosexuality" offensive.

Metawriter has a list of titles affected currently Amazon Censorship - Who is affected.
Here's a link to an online petition: In protest at Amazon's new "adult" policy
And here's Dear Author's post about the situation: Amazon Rank

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