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Breasts and LiveJournal

Some of you may not be aware of this, but LiveJournal (and its parent company, SixApart) have raised a stink in recent weeks about default userpics depicting breast-feeding. People who use breast-feeding photos as their default icon have been having their journals suspended. Check out boob_nazis for the whole story.

Please note: the following is LiveJournal's own stated decency standard.
LiveJournal generally holds to the standards of "indecency" set forth by the United States Supreme Court decision handed down in the case "Miller vs. California". The "Miller Test" for defining indecency sets forth three guidelines:

  1. The average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest;

  2. the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexually explicit conduct;

  3. a reasonable person must find the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

In order for material to be considered indecent, it must meet these guidelines (with the exception of material that is illegal under applicable law, such as sexual images of minors). Please note that material can be "adult" without being "indecent".

Therefore, LiveJournal's stance on breastfeeding photos can only mean that breastfeeding equals "patently offensive, sexually explicit conduct" as far as LJ is concerned.

Either that, or somebody, somewhere, is complaining a lot to LiveJournal about breastfeeding photos and threatening to withdraw money from them unless they take a firm stand. Well, if that's the case, then I say fight back.

How, you ask? Simple — if you have a paid user-account. Simply tell LJ you're going to stop paying it unless they see reason. If they don't see reason, then follow through, bite the bullet and go back to free, or quit LJ altogether. Make sure they know why.

And if you don't have a paid user-account, but do agree strongly with this message, then simply pass it on, as widely as possible.
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