ProudParenting.com member – dagnarus75 – has been blogging for us for over a year, and his latest post has opened our eyes to a disturbing development that seems like it could only take place in Wasilla Alaska. But it hasn’t.
“So I needed to post on here because I found out something this morning that has me up in arms… Amazon has decided to classify books with gay themes as “adult” and has removed them from their searches by “de-ranking” them. Amazon’s search engine is based on a book’s rank, so by de-ranking these books, they are suddenly a lot more difficult to find.
“The prime example for this site is Dan Savage’s “The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant.” It has no rank listed, yet it has 126 reviews. “Heather has Two Mommies?” Gone. This is an adult book? Really?
“Another example is to search for “Edmund White” — his most popular book is “A Boy’s Own Story” (source Wikipedia) — but when you put in “Edmund White” in the search bar, it’s nowhere to be found. You can search for the book by title, but when you search by author, the author’s most popular book is nowhere to be found?! Ever hear of Brokeback Mountain? They haven’t, apparently.
“Do you think these are “adult” books? Do you agree with this policy? I sure don’t! If you agree, and you are an Amazon customer, I encourage you to write them and tell them their policy stinks, and to shop elsewhere in the meantime.
“Amazon.com has decided to classify books with gay themes as “adult” and has removed them from their searches by “de-ranking” them. Amazon’s search engine is based on a book’s rank, so by de-ranking these books, they are suddenly a lot more difficult to find.”
Amazon’s Customer Service department says it responds to most emails within 12 hours. So, if you’d like to vent your frustration about this policy change, you can send a message using the company’s webform.