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Shall We Institute Censorship On Ep?

My short answer is a resounding NO!

  EP is supposedly a place where individuals can anonymously write about their experiences, and present themselves as they actually are … warts, kinks and all. However there seems to be a number of groups and individual folks who object to certain practices, sexual preferences, religious beliefs and food groups. These self appointed EP censors would restrict access to the site based on their personal beliefs. May I ask a few questions?

1.      If you do not like a type of story why read it?

2.      If you object to “adult” content why have you disabled your filter?

3.      This is the web after all and we all receive boat loads of spam from **** sites, Viagra peddlers, new social networking sites, adult dating sites etc. What do you do with this trash? Why, you delete it without opening or reading it. Are you not able to exercise the same option on EP.

4.      If you don’t like a group; stay away, block the “offenders” exclude the “objectionable” from your circle. Why do you feel the need to enforce your views on the rest of EP?  

I may actually agree with some of these objections but imposing censorship on one group or individual is a slippery slope. Who will be the arbiter of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable on EP.

Shall we allow the Christian ultra right to enforce their view of what is the appropriate role for women on the site? 

Perhaps we should ban Gays or Transsexuals.

How about pot users, every one knows they are the bane of society.

May I add the right wing republicans to the list … I don’t agree with them at all?  

 

If it starts where does it end?  

In a nut shell EPs… get a life and stop judging others who do you no actual harm.

No one is reaching through your screen and forcing you to do or read anything.

GROW UP!  

Shaking his head sadly, NDD shuffles off to seek solace in a bottle of red wine and some LOUD music.

newdaydogEP newdaydogEP 70+, M 16 Responses Aug 26, 2009

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Thank You. I absolutely agree! There's way too much critical judgement in the world already. You wrote my thoughts exactly.

Rick, since when is harassment "welcomed?" <br />
When it's "somewhat civil?"<br />
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I hate to think people are running around flagging things they find personally disgusting! That makes EP's job of getting to the true posts that are illegal and against TOS.

Rick, you are a teddy bear. I mean the serious sh*t harassment here and what I refer to above.

have to admit i've done some harrassing myself but i try to keep it at least somewhat civil and if i get the idea its not welcome i drop it and move on

Thank you gentlemen for your support. I'm absolutely serious on this issue. We women are getting harassed daily. Men are as well. Look, the test of a decent society is how it treats its women and children, no? <br />
Yes I am old enough to stand up for myself but its the broader issue that remains. <br />
And - this is a given I absolutely support gay/lesbian/trans-gender people and cross-dressers. Its the abusers I will stand up against. And those who abuse the Terms of Service. Don't like that? Then leave EP.<br />
I feel I keep having to say 'I'm not a boring prude, I'm open-minded' - I am very much, but so what? <br />
Sorry but I have seen so much violence and abuse in real life that I am standing up against it here. <br />
This is too important a site to let this rest. And I won't stop. And I am deeply thankful for the women and men who have the COURAGE to stand up against what we know, deep in our hearts, is corrosive.

the only thing i would add to this is that i DO think EP should not allow illegal activities such as bullying or the promotion of illegal activities such as child **** or illegal drug use, murder, robbery, kidnapping or any other illegal activity

Oh... I thought you said "I Feel That Ep Is No Place For Incontinence" I was totally going to agree with you on that one...

I have seen the following on EP: a hate story callling for the murder of another EP member; child ***********; 'confession' about children allegedly doing u know what (ie justification for paedophiles); stories about ******; men searching for under-age s*x; avatars that show you know what and other stuff. Happy to block/flag those. Happy to stand up and and say I did it. Happy to be called names for doing that. Am old enough to stand up against this.<br />
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And people ask themselves 'I didn't see it, what's she on about?' Yes the reason you did not see it is because I FLAGGED it and told EP staff who removed it quickly. That is what I am referring to. <br />
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And if I am called names because of that, I'm proud to be called those names.

All censorships exist to prevent any one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships. <br />
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)<br />
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Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but unlike charity, it should end there. <br />
Clare Boothe Luce

To all who flag, report and block; I fully agree that it is both your right and responsibility to take action against those who violate the rules of engagement here on EP.<br />
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But ... once again.... let me say that I am unalterably opposed to institutionalizing any given set of moral, cultural or religious strictures. <br />
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If there are harassers, stalkers or violators of the terms of use here I agree ... go get them, however please do so on an individual basis.

Self-appointed arbiters of morality always make me nervous, and am I against censorship. There are plenty of people here who engage in stuff I wouldn't be caught dead doing, but if they're within the confines of the EP community rules, my feeling is they have just as much right to be here as I do. I have said and will continue to say that I draw the line where EP's rules and the law do. However, I think many people upset about this are those who believe, as I do, that EP has been slow to respond to complaints about **** photos that are in clear violation of the EP community rules. I don't go looking for this stuff, nor do I care about it, but if I'm confronted with it, or if it is forced on me via PM, I'll flag, report and block...and then move on. I don't believe that's censorship, but rather exercising my rights as a member here within the rules established by EP.

Thank you Nora!<br />
Cap Mac, <br />
I'll let Nora's answer stand. She has stated the case very well and based on her experiences here I challenge you to refute her assertion.<br />
Dogmatic? Me? LOL I may be a newdaydog but I’m very open minded.<br />
You need to quit smoking that stuff!

Capn Mac that's total BS! Censorship IS in fact a black and white issue. Once begun where will it end? Who made you the keeper of EP's ethical standard?<br />
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What a load! So you're the white knight coming to the rescue of the damsels in distress here on EP. Baloney! The ladies here are more than capable of defending themselves! This is all cyber there’s no actual contact. Everyone (adults) should be and is responsible for policing his or her own ethical and moral standards.<br />
We all must learn to stand up for ourselves. I neither need nor want your help in protecting myself from anyone. <br />
Your point about minors is specious... there are safeguards in place already that stop unwanted approaches from adults.<br />
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You are free to ob<x>ject to anything you wish. I ob<x>ject to you institutionalizing your standards.

Hmmm, I guess this guy has to go. I fit one of those groups you've mentioned. Only difference is I don't write about it constantly and I don't push people to accept me or friend me. People are FREE to make their own choices. If they chose to read my stories and write nasty comments, that's their prerogative. If I chose to block them after I read it, that's mine. That's how the world works, you make your bed and you lie in it. If you don't like it, turn around and walk away.<br />
I agree with you completely.

LOL @ NoraD!!!!! Nope I can't block the "Right" I just hide under my smock

Way to tell 'em, newdaydog. I agree.