Too Risque For Activerain?
I posted a blog yesterday http://activerain.com/blogsview/72632/St-Louis-Realtor-Confused on how to get comments on my posts. The post featured a somewhat disturbing photo of an extremely large woman laying on top of an apparently skinny man (you can only see the bottom of his legs under the woman). The woman is clothed in her underwear and the photo, while admittedly disconcerting, is in no way obscene.
The post actually generated a few comments, none of which were critical of my use of that photo. I then got an email from a person who I assume is connected with Activerain, asking me to remove the offending photograph.
I responded that I would if AR insisted, but that I felt that the use of that photograph was appropriate because I was making a political/editorial comment with it. That is, people utilize sex and sexiness in blogging and in business in general. The above picture came out of a very entertaining blog: http://activerain.com/blogsview/60647/Real-Estate-or-Bust
My point in using the offending photo and the one above is that sex does indeed sell. I nor the author of the blog that the picture above came from are not the first to utilize this fact. As I emailed the person from AR, I will take it off, but I don't think that I should have to. If you're offended by something that you read or see on here, move on. No where in the constitution are you guaranteed the right not to be offended.
I recognize that there are "norms" in social behavior that in an civilized society that must be adhered to. That said, I also think that it's a very slippery slope when you start labeling things as being deviant. The Supreme Court has been wrestling with this question for years and I do realize that even though this site has a huge base of people that participate in it, that it still "belongs" to the people who own and maintain it. Therefore, if they wish, I will remove the offending photo, but before I do I would like the powers that be to ask themselves, when does being politically correct turn into censorship?
R.B. "Bob" Mitchell