Thursday, May 28, 2009

ATTN Reviewers - Beware of Vimeo

Attn Sex Toy Reviewers:
Please carefully consider whether to continue to host your videos at Vimeo. Here are the emails I received/sent to Vimeo regarding my account:

Dear sxy chikadee:

Your account has been removed by the Vimeo Staff for violating the Rules of Vimeo.com


Reason: Uploading videos that contain pornography or sexually explicit material.


We hope you find a video host more suited to your needs. If you believe this was an error, please reply to this email in a civil manner with your reasoning ("I see other people do it" is not a valid reason).
Regards,
Vimeo



To which I promptly responded (in my oh-so-legal-mind way:

Dear Sir or Madam:


I uploaded 3 videos to Vimeo, 1 of which was simply a slide show of pictures of my eyes, the other 2 were of reviews of vibrators. There was absolutely NO pornography in any of the videos I uploaded.



The 2 vibrator review videos had technical language referring to female anatomy, but otherwise would have been rated PG by any third-party evaluator concerning the words used during the reviews. The 2 review videos did not show the vibrators being used on a person, animal or thing.



You state the reason my account was deleted was for "Uploading videos that contain pornography or sexually explicit material."



As of the moment I send this message, your guidelines state:
"No sexually illicit material or porn. Non-sexual nudity is okay."


I'll address both "explicit" and "illicit" as they are not the same thing.



1. Per your published guidelines: "No sexually illicit material"
The definition of "illicit", as provided by Merriam-Webster, is "unlawful". None of the material I uploaded was sexually unlawful in any manner, even in the ultra-conservative state of Tennessee in which I live.



2. Per your email to me "...contain...sexually explicit material"
The definitions of "explicit" as provided by Merriam-Webster:
1 a. fully revealed or expressed without vagueness, implication, or ambiguity leaving no question as to meaning or intent b.open in the depiction of nudity or sexuality, explicit books and films
2 fully developed or formulated explicit notion of our objective
3 unambiguous in expression explicit on how we are to behave, defined by an expression containing only independent variable



I believe the definition you are searching to apply to my videos is "open in the depiction of nudity or sexuality". None of my videos had nudity of ANY kind, nor did they contain verbal or visual depictions of sexuality.



Although you said not to say "other people are doing it" - I find your particular censorship of MY videos somewhat amusing as a simple search for "sex toy reviews" on your site brings up 82 videos, most of which are even more "descriptive" than the videos I posted.



Seriously? I'm guessing you have some sort of automated system for these decisions, but maybe a person should actually LOOK at the videos before these actions are taken.




And they said:



Hello,


I have reviewed your account and I agree that the videos you uploaded were not sexually explicit. However, it is apparent that you are both reviewing products from Edenfantasys.com and featuring them as a sponsor on your blog, with an affiliate link, therefore these videos are commercial use, which is not allowed on Vimeo.


I have restored your account and the video of your eyes. You are welcome to upload reviews of products that you do not profit from.


Best wishes,
(Name of person - email me if you want it)
Community Director - Vimeo.com



And I asked:


Just to clarify:


If I had not placed a link to my personal blog in the description those videos would NOT have been considered commercials?


The reason I ask is because I do see many sex toy reviewers using Vimeo and listing their personal blogs within the video (as part of the credits, etc.), but not within the written description. All of those bloggers have affiliate banners for various companies on their personal blogs.



The response:

Vimeo is for noncommercial use only, so you may not use your videos in a commercial manner. Posting reviews of products that you make money from as an affiliate is commercial activity. Do not base your use of Vimeo on other users who may be breaking the rules themselves. We have a small staff, over 1.5 million users, and we address as many policy violations as time allows.
Best wishes,
(Same Name of person)
Community Director - Vimeo.com




I actually can understand the reasoning to some extent, but really? First my material is too "explicit", and then when I pointed out it isn't, it's too "commercial"??

I only have ONE affiliate link on this blog at this time. For those of you that have more than one and multiple Vimeo uploads: watch out.

Thoughts on where to go next. Youtube maybe?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

HNT

The previous HNT series I started is hereby indefinitely postponed. Truth be told, the subject matter is not one I wish to include on my blog at this time.

Soo....

I went through some older pictures and found this one for your viewing pleasure. It may seem familiar if you've paid attention. :)





Appreciate the others at Views from the Back Row

HNTbutton

Monday, May 18, 2009

Microfantasy Monday - Balance

Between physical and emotional ailments of late, my "stories" haven't been given a voice. So here's a snippet of one that happens to fit perfectly with this week's MM theme. (Isn't it great when things work out that way)



Purse on the kitchen floor. Belt thrown down in the living room. Panties shed somewhere along the hallway. One knee on the side of the bed, the other leg extended - heel to the wall, resting on elbows...perfectly balanced with my dress sliding down my back.



Like this? Didn't? Either way - there are some great ones to be found at Ang's. Go check them out.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Coming Up

Last night I got home from an inpatient stay in a hospital. I was admitted Sunday evening with symptoms similar to those of a seizure/stroke. The right side of my body suffered extreme weakness (useless hand and legs) and numbness. I could not walk, use my right hand, or even hear clearly out of my right ear. These symptoms have mostly subsided, although I am left with a definite weakness on my right side. The official diagnosis is "unexplained neurological event" - which basically means "we don't know what happened to you." As I had a TIA in 2003 and have a strong family history of stroke, I will be taking small doses of aspirin daily now. I will also be going to phsyical and occupational therapy for a little bit.

One of the tests I had was an MRI of my head and neck, which lasted around 50 minutes. This type of MRI required me to be perfectly still in a noisy, VERY confined space for the entire test. I also had several other tests of this nature and spent the rest of the hospital time confined to a bed. Suffice it to say I had lots of time to think.

I was scared I would never see my children again. Scared I wouldn't complete the goals in my life of which I have always dreamed. Mostly though - I realized I have been wasting a lot of energy and need to refocus on those things in my life which make me happy, instead of the sadness that sometimes lingers with me.

Lots of things make me happy: children, friends, sunshine, the beach (upcoming vacation) and of course, sex!

I've been given the opportunity to write reviews of some really great sex toy/product for EdenFantasys, Sweet and Sinful (for Intimate Organics), and Sportsheets (courtesy of a contest sponsored by Bubbzy) . So there will be lots of reviews coming up, and just maybe....

some pictures and "stories" to go with them

:)

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