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Amazonfailgate

April 13, 2009

I got to like Amazon while I was at university, trying to study. I’m not sure I like them that much right now, though.

It seems they’ve been taking lessons from certain BBC watching adults about what they should and should not be selling. As Textual Fury puts it, they are removing books that might upset children.

This story has the attention of the mainstream because the plans mean that books on homosexuality, bisexuality and transgender issues will be removed. However, what most mainstreamer’s are not mentioning is that the list of books to be removed will also include those  on DisAbility and sexuality.  My thanks must go out to the always sensitive Jennie for being the exception.

Thanks also to Lisybabe for mentioning Tom Shakespeare et al’s sociology textbook The Sexual Politics of Disability. The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability in her post on this. Something to add to the ever-growing list of books I want to read!

Many articles about this are citing Twitter, where the matter is being called #amazonfail. Yes, Amazon certainly do fail. They fail to understand one simple fact- that people with DisAbilities have feelings, too. Thanks to them, I’m one step closer to understanding the actions of a certain Lucy Baxter.

I wonder if Amazon have heard of the Disability Discrimination Act? Because I’m sure that if they act on these plans, they’ll be breaking it.

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