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So i'm still on a building site and quite often I see news papers (I
use that term loosely) left around, this one caught my eye as being
an important story that needed debating. Then on the same day I came
across the "Sex with straight girls" story in "TheLondon paper" I was
shocked... yes you heard that right, I was shocked! I'm not a prude
but I really didn't expect to see a story about lesbians having strap
on sex with straight (ish) girls. At first I thought how very nice it
was that gay culture has been accepted into the main stream, and that
we were all able to have a frank open discussion about sexuality.
Then I thought about the papers target audience and the style of
writing (I use that term loosely too). All of the stories have a
right wing bigoted slant and I tend to get very annoyed whilst
reading it, so I decided that it was just titillation and wank fodder
which is a shame really.
9th Jun 2007, 20:36   | tags:,,,

MaggieD says:

Erm, not feeling particularly comfortable with these pics and those of James's on the latest page .... is Moblog the right forum for such pics .... it is, or so I am given to be believed, a 'family ' blog ....

9th Jun 2007, 20:59

Steve says:

It's the front cover of a "news paper" In my opinion it makes it ok to show here. And I wasn't feeling particularly comfortable with it either, I'm not used to working on building sites and this kind of thing is very much the norm. It really is a different world.

9th Jun 2007, 21:05

MaggieD says:

Understand that ... I was just a bit taken aback .... I know these images are out there all the time .... and a lot of us come across them on a day to day basis ... I just wasn't expecting them to come up on Moblog ... though I do see they could well be a starting point for a useful debate ....

9th Jun 2007, 21:22

Helen says:

Hmmm. The placing of homosexuality firmly within the heterosexual frame, defining it in relation to the heterosexual "norm", thereby subsuming it into the "dominant" culture. Classic.

9th Jun 2007, 22:16

goode says:

these images are fine!

10th Jun 2007, 01:22

Steve says:

H, that was just what I was thinking...

Maggie, sorry didn't mean to jump down your throat, thanks for caring.

10th Jun 2007, 10:16

Helen says:

I thought so.

*Spits at The Sun et al, they're holding this nation's thinking back 100 years!*

10th Jun 2007, 13:54

bronxelf says:

I find it hard to believe anyone could have an honest and realistic discussion about homosexuality on any level while using those photos on the top as a guideline.

10th Jun 2007, 17:16

Tori says:

I've never seen moblog as a family friendly place. I can rarely think of a time when the front page (now the latest page) did not link to something I personally found to be trashy and not at all something I would encourage my daughter to stumble across. Of course it is usually in the latest comments section. Such photos typically get a lot of comments.

When I finally let her sign up, long after she first asked, I was very clear about where she was allowed to go, and that left a huge amount of moblog off limits.

That's not to say I think you are wrong to feel uncomfortable about seeing them on the main page, MaggieD. Your feelings are yours and are not up for public validation. I am just saying that I am surprised by the notion that the site is family friendly or that you don't regularly encounter similar-ish things.

10th Jun 2007, 17:27

Steve says:

I think one of the problems is a low reading age or English not being the native language to a lot of the people on this building site. If you are still learning English then I imagine that the Sun, Star, or Sport is quite accessible, which given those rags stance upon visitor to are shores is quite ironic.

10th Jun 2007, 18:10

MaggieD says:

OK, I know this is a bit of a niave question .... but is Moblog a designated 'family site' .... I know there are Primary School users and various educational blogs linked to it ....

10th Jun 2007, 20:03

MaggieD says:

and Steve, I didn't think you 'jumped down my throat' ... :)

10th Jun 2007, 20:05

taniwha says:

Steve - I read a while ago that the language used in the Sun is pitched at a seven year old's reading age. My son could read it.

10th Jun 2007, 20:09

MaggieD says:

Oh, and Goode, I know you are a moderator, but I must say, after reading your blog and seeing you use it as a vehicle for a personal vendetta using some soft porn video footage, I am afraid I just can't give your opinion too much credence on this matter .... however I do applaude your creativity in CSS design and the other aspects of your involvement in Moblog ...

10th Jun 2007, 20:23

Steve says:

"MaggieD says:

and Steve, I didn't think you 'jumped down my throat' ... :)"

Good, sometimes I can be miss understood by my poor writing style.

I think that Moblog images are family friendly but quite a few of the conversations are not. I use this place as a diary and general record of my life, which means that sometimes it becomes a little "blue"

10th Jun 2007, 22:43

Helen says:

But you don't get pictures like this in The Guardian?

10th Jun 2007, 22:59

Steve says:

But you might get a story about gay/straight sex

10th Jun 2007, 23:12