This is a question for everyone who uses Blogger. Have you activated the ‘adult content’ warning on your blog? If so, when and why did you decide to do so?
I ask because it seems to be de rigueur among fellow Saturday Spankings bloghoppers and the like. However, I find I am instinctively resisting ticking the box. I don’t want the Content Warning page to flash up every time someone nips over to my blog.
|Or is it?|
My blog’s not that rude, I reason to myself. There’s nothing on it that you wouldn’t find on, say, Cracked.com or the sex problems page on the Guardian. There’s no nudity, for one thing. I even swear less than I’ve done on previous non-spanking-related blogs.
Obviously it’s an adult blog. I’m not suggesting children wander over and read the spanking excerpts. But, the fact is, “adult” in this context means “porny” rather than “not child-friendly”. In the same way that “adult bookstores” aren’t full of copies of the Game of Thrones and Stephen Hawking’s Brief History of Time.
Parents don’t assume that everything on the internet that doesn’t explicitly come with a warning is safe, clean family entertainment. They know if they did, their kids would see some pretty freaky stuff by the time they were eighteen.
|Anyone ever NOT clicked the orange box?|
It’s like the paragraph that you get at the end of the blurb for a spanking book on Amazon: “This book contains graphic sex scenes, consensual and non consensual spanking and anal play. Please do not buy if you are offended by such things.” I’m not the only person who skips to that bit first, surely? That kind of warning must encourage far more people than it deters.
The main thing that worries me in my current ‘Content warning’-free stance, is that maybe the decision will be imposed on me from outside. Can I get reported for offending the sensibilities of the casual websurfer with my slightly kinky erotica-themed website? What will my “It doesn’t even have any boobies on it!” defence be worth when the Google Police step in and wipe me from the blogosphere?
It’s entirely possible I’m overthinking this. It has been known. I would be really interested to know other bloggers’ opinions.Is the Adult Content warning a furtive apology, a proud declaration or a straightforward courtesy to other web users?
|Photo of a pair of boobies which totally undermines my earlier point.|