Monday, September 29, 2008

Reasons to love Wikipedia:

From a comment on this link; which, in itself, is just nuts, so I won't quote from it. I don't deny that librarians censor books by selection, but wow, this guy makes it sound like we grind human fetuses to make pudding.

But I will quote from the comment:
However, in addition to textbook anatomy images, the following can also be found on Wikipedia:
*Recordings of women experiencing orgasms
*Videos of nude men participating in "ejaculation educational demonstrations"
*Detailed photographs of men and women masturbating
*Images of mammary intercourse
*Close-up images of topless women and male and female sexual anatomy
*Large-scale photos of men performing oral sex on one another (and performing oral sex on themselves)
*An illustrated list of sex positions
*Photos of nude strippers
*An image called "Virgin Killer" depicting a naked prepubescent girl from the 1976 cover of a Scorpions album (banned in the U.S.)
To quote Johnny Carson, "I did not know that." I've only used Wikipedia to find a map of Turkey. This might not matter, but what do photos of clothed strippers look like?

There must be people who have lists of things that they find offensive, that they must seek and try to find, everywhere. They scowl at the section of "Jewish food" in the grocery store and wonder why there's no section for "Christian food." (Wait. I do that. Why isn't there an aisle devoted to mayonnaise, Wonder bread and Rice Krispies treats?) They count the blacks and gays on the covers of magazines and use some archaic math to compare them to the balance of straight whites on covers. People seem to get upset when they can't find enough popular representations of their particular gender, race or religion. They circle underwear ads in the Target flyer. They keep a running count of the number of times Charlie Sheen says "boner."

This reminds me of the time I had to test Internet filters to see if they blocked porn sites. I had a long list of Internet addresses and search terms I had to type in to see what got blocked and what got through. I had to type in "cocks," "balls," "pussies," and "tits" for hours, along with any and all activities you could engage in with said anatomical parts. I became desensitized.

I wonder if the people who complain about books in libraries are even offended any more, of if they just do it because it's become part of their routine. How many times can someone be outraged before outrage simply cools to tolerance then to acceptance? I guess that's why they have that list of offensive things; so they can be reminded, "Oh, yeah, I'm supposed to hate Clay Aiken because he's gay and not because I don't have any idea why he's on the cover of this magazine. What the hell is he famous for, anyway? He sings? Is he any good? Oh, really? He sings that song? I like that song. Darn. Too bad I have to hate him because he's gay. I really liked that song."

So I guess my point might be that if people would just stop writing down reasons for hating things, then eventually we'd forget to hate each other.

Love, people. That's what it's all about. Can I get a hug?