The Unpopular Vote ~ Outside the Margins with JP Barnaby

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In the grand scheme of things, this shouldn’t be a blog post that I get flack for, but I will. I’ve secured the permission of the blog owner before embarking on this little endeavor, but if you disagree with me, please feel free to disagree with me, not with the blog.

Okay, I’ll just come out and say it.

I agree with Facebook’s policy on pictures as it relates to nudity. Yep, the girl who hangs out with porn stars doesn’t want to see them naked on her Facebook page. Now, the Facebook battle about not applying the rulings equitably is another story. I fully believe they target LGBT images for violation far more often than they do other groups. No question. But, this post is specifically about sprawling the peen across the digital window, and here’s why:

  1. Some people check their Facebook in places they can’t have privacy (Starbucks, the office, church, whatever). If I want to get a quick update on an event or my how my friend’s surgery went, or I have a message, I don’t want to have to crawl under the table to check it because Photographer X has a new model. If I love Photographer X and I think his/her work is amazing – I’ll go to the photographer’s page.

  2. Some people check their pages with tiny little eyes looking over their shoulder, and I don’t mean the cat. If an author or a blogger, or anyone needs to keep up with their page, they shouldn’t have to blindfold the kids, lock them in their room, or explain male anatomy in order to do it.

  3. The minimum age to register for Facebook is thirteen. Yes, folks, that’s 1-3. If you have kids in your life that age, you know that they have enough bombardment of influences on Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter, they don’t need it from Facebook too. I have teenagers all over my Facebook page, LGBT kids who needed someone to listen. Facebook just added the feature that whenever I like something, it shows in my friends’ timelines. What feature will they add next to show what’s on my timeline to my friends without my control?

Facebooks Terms of Service prohibit the posting of inappropriate pictures. I agree with their right to fairly and equitably apply those standards (as I said, I know that doesn’t always happen, but in a perfect world, none of these pictures should be allowed). If the subject of the image wouldn’t been seen in public in whatever they’re wearing in the picture, it shouldn’t be posted. Facebook is public. If people would like to trade those types of images, there’s a great vehicle for that – tumblr. Head over there and post anything because they have an age restriction. A poster can set their tumblr to over 18 content—unlike Facebook.

One last noteworthy item – artistic nudes are still naked. 


JP Barnaby

~JP Barnaby


About JP Barnaby

Award winning romance novelist, J. P. Barnaby has penned over a dozen books including the Working Boys series, the Little Boy Lost series, In the Absence of Monsters, and Aaron. As a bisexual woman, J.P. is a proud member of the GLBT community both online and in her small town on the outskirts of Chicago. A member of Mensa, she is described as brilliant but troubled, sweet but introverted, and talented but deviant. She spends her days writing software and her nights writing erotica, which is, of course, far more interesting. The spare time that she carves out between her career and her novels is spent reading about the concept of love, which, like some of her characters, she has never quite figured out for herself.
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6 thoughts on “The Unpopular Vote ~ Outside the Margins with JP Barnaby

  1. Well said, but then you knew that the man who posts puppies and 3nager pictures on his profile isn’t one to post this kind of stuff. As you say, there are plenty of other ways to post these pictures. Now if we could only get Facebook to apply the rules fairly. Ah, another windmill to tilt.

  2. Interesting post with great points. I am not that much of a Facebook user/fan, but I have heard talk about how they “target” people, which is so obviously a wrong thing for them to do.

  3. A thousand percent agreed. Yes, Facebook has a history of applying its rules unevenly, and LGBT+ posts that don’t break the rules have absolutely been targeted. But posting something that clearly DOES break the rules with a “come at me, bro” does no one any good.

  4. Good point(s). I generally think Facebook should step back and let individual users control what comes through their feed (so if you don’t want to see that photographer’s nudes, hide his posts), but I also agree it’s awkward when my stream is NSFW. My teenage son will walk up behind me and say “oh oh, Mom’s looking at porn again.”

    Nope. I’m looking at Facebook.

  5. I use Facebook for my work. I contact authors through it and use it as one of the main promotional outlets. I shouldn’t have to worry about who’s looking over my shoulder because people can’t help but post porn all day. Facebook is not for sharing porn. It is explicitly against their Terms of Service. If you don’t like that, then go somewhere else. Otherwise, stop playing the victim card and move on with your life so the rest of us can.

  6. Tumblr is, frankly, crazy. On there I never know whether I’m going to see social justice posts, kittens or porn gifs so I take care to only open that when I’ve got my back to a wall. Pinterest and Photobucket have an enforced no nudity policy, which is fair enough and I’ve never heard either criticised for it. I can only assume that it is enforced even handedly so the users don’t feel the need to see how much they can bend the rules. Facebook’s big disadvantage is that its policy on what is and is not in contravention of its rules is driven by user complaints and we all know just how many tedious dicks there are on Facebook. Why deliberately encourage them?

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