Resources for sexy content creators who are being censored.

Liliana Velasquez at Violet Variete Benefit for Berlin Bruisers by Suzanne Forbes April 10 2019
Liliana Velasquez at Violet Variete Benefit for Berlin Bruisers by Suzanne Forbes April 10 2019

This page at Onlinecensorship.org tells you how to appeal if you’ve been censored or shut down on Facebook, Insta, etc.

EFF has a new project called TOSsed Out. It shines a light on cases of people deplatformed for so-called Terms of Service violations. The basics on it.

Ms. Naughty’s excellent breakdown of Alternatives to Patreon for Porn Creators. also includes how to build your own paysite!

And her good piece on how SESTA/FOSTA is the Pornocalypse. Includes great info on exact changes in Facebook TOS.

NEW as of Dec 5 ’19: An EXTREMELY clear and helpful post from Hoss, explaining a lot of the basics of how all this works plus a huge amount of detail on Facebook/Insta/WhatsApp “Community Standards”, i.e. what will get you banned.

OUR Community Standards, a show and statement from the Tom of Finland Foundation for the annual ToFF Art Fair.

Alternatives to OnlyFans, from before OnlyFans was bought by MyFreeCams. As of today, June 22 2019, you CAN put adult content on OnlyFans. You must check a box stating you intend to upload pornography. Along with your legal name, country of residence and bank account.

A good, detailed XBiz explainer on Instagram and The War On Porn. Covers Instagram/Facebook “Community Standards” in their current state of wildly evasive doublespeak.

The Adult Performers Actors Guild is working to help adult performers restore suspended accounts, among many other important things. Xbiz writer Gustavo Turner is reporting his ass off on platform censorship and platform shadowbans.

Adult performers picketed Instagram to protest content policy. This piece includes the story of famous fine artist Betty Tompkins being kicked off Insta.

Them magazine on how sexuality in online spaces has become whiter, straighter and thinner. Good breakdown of how corporate platforms self-censor and governments become more repressive. Includes the UK Digital Economy Act, which affects porn in a range of ways, including an age-verification system. Although that has now been delayed til 2020.

Liberapay, a payment donation platform, which doesn’t exactly allow porn, but doesn’t exactly not, and is based in France.

The NYT reveals the creepy dudes who run OnlyFans, and also talks about the benefits it offers to adult performers.

For the latest on censorship and the fight, I follow young sw Liara Roux. She has a SFW twitter, an XXX twitter, a Patreon (for now,until Patreon shuts down all adult accounts) and of course, her own platform.

I just joined Mastodon, the federated social media thing, on Switter – which is the sex-worker-friendly instance! Find me here: @suzanneforbes@switter.at

Artists Against Social Media Censorship publishes stories, has resources and a petition you can sign.

EveryBodyVisible shares stories on their site and on Instagram, and conducted an action on October 29, 2019.

Here’s my screed on the value of owning your own platform:

Own Your Platform, Own Your Fans. 

platform is a piece of technology (software + servers) that lets you publish content to the internet. 

Platforms can be owned by corporations (they pay server costs, your content/data is their product) or by you. 

In order to Own Your Platform, you must: 

Own your domain name and know what nation it is registered in. 

Pay for your own hosting of your website on servers, and know what nation the service you buy hosting from is headquartered in.  

To Own Your Fans, you need to be able to connect with your fans outside of a platform owned by corporations. Corporations can and will always throttle your access to your fans. A mailing list is your biggest asset. But your newsletters must comply with the TOS of the mailservice you use, and the laws of the nations your fans are in. 

 Using a corporate platform like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter is like renting a shop on a busy street in a busy part of town. The corporation can cover the front of your shop with a dropcloth and set up a barricade to redirect your fans away from your street whenever they want. They can even evict you with no notice whatsoever. 

Owning your own domain and paying your own hosting is like owning a piece of land in outer space, light-years from your fans. Except, the mailman comes and goes ten million times a day, and mailing is free, and your fans can visit you in milliseconds. You can build whatever kind of house you want on your land. 

When you own your domain, you have a permanent address where your fans can always find you. As an artist I will always link to creators’ own domains first, then add social platforms. That way anyone who wants to reach the creator from my page will click first on the site the creator has the most control over. And if the social links go dead when an account is deleted, the creator’s website is still there. 

Cherish your mailing list. 

If you lose your social platform, your own domain or your hosting, temporarily or longterm, an email to fans to let them know can be extremely reassuring. You can let them know where to find you again. 

 

 

My erotic art has a new home.

Jean Bardot and Steffy the Rubber Doll at Montreal Fetish Weekend by Suzanne Forbes September 2008
Jean Bardot and Steffy the Rubber Doll at Montreal Fetish Weekend by Suzanne Forbes September 2008

And we moved my domains, and secured my site!

Thanks to my amazing hub, suzanneforbes.com was transferred to a European domain registry and both suzanneforbes.com and my SFW site chipinhead.com are now secure domains, registered and hosted in Europe, baby!! Wooohooo!

With the changes happening in the US because of SESTA/FOSTA, a person like me, who makes erotic art, should not have a digital footprint Stateside.

During the initial burst of shock and horror around the implementation of SESTA and FOSTA, I learned that my longtime host, Bluehost, DOES NOT ALLOW NUDITY. What the fucking fuck, you fucking puritan assholes!

Here Bluehost, have a drawing of a lady with a penis fucking a girl while she sucks off a man with a strap-on!

It’s called “Consenting trans adults enjoy each other!”. I think it’s a beautiful moment of sexual connection in a safe space.

Upper Floor 2011 Danni TomCat and Chloe
Upper Floor 2011. Danni, TomCat and Chloe

My new host is Leaseweb. They allow porn. In honor of that freedom, please enjoy this selection of drawings made during the years my husband and I were going to events at Femina Potens, The Center for Sex and Culture and the Upper Floor at Kink.com.

Maxine Holloway and Bella Rossi at Thin Line Feb 2010
Maxine Holloway and Bella Rossi at Thin Line Feb 2010

During the last ten years I was in the Bay Area I went to so many sex-positive events, parties, porn shoots and venues.

I met my husband at one of them, and after that we went together. We met and made friends with so many amazing people who are or were sex workers.

Art of Restraint and Armory Afterparty 3 27 2010 Maggie Mayhem by Suzanne Forbes
Art of Restraint and Armory Afterparty 3 27 2010 Maggie Mayhem by Suzanne Forbes

Porn performers, erotic artists, bondage artists, pro doms, escorts, rubber fetishists, directors of queer indie porn, feminist art gallery owners, activists and educators.

2010 Armory feature shoot Sept 3 Mistress Liliane and pets
2010 Armory feature shoot Sept 3 Mistress Liliane and pets
Art Unveiled party at Armory 4 16 2010 Bella Rossi and Jessie Cox
Art Unveiled party at Armory 4 16 2010 Bella Rossi and Jessie Cox

These wonderful people brought their passion, intelligence, authenticity and courage into our lives.

Many of them are deeply political, activists and protesters and change-makers, who work hard to reduce the shame and stigma around sexuality in the US.

Many of them live poor and risk everything to make art about sex, educate people about sexuality, and be true to their own gender identities, sexual preferences and desires.

At a lot of the events I documented, sex workers were donating their time and energy to raise funds for sex-positive art, education or sex workers resources. I have never seen a community give so much.

We saw, and I documented, people showing desire, affection and often love in public sex spaces.

There was laughter and deep intimacy and pleasure. It wasn’t perfect, the heyday of San Francisco sex-positive culture, indie porn and the Kink Castle, but it was an experiment as brave and important as the original Summer of Love. It was queer and fierce and strange, and I love the sex workers we came to know and I honor their work.

Suzanne Forbes drawing at the Upper Floor with Madison Young and Princess Donna
Suzanne Forbes drawing at the Upper Floor with Madison Young and Princess Donna

Sex is natural, sex is good, not everybody does it and not everybody should, but everybody should be allowed the sexual and gender expression and choices that are true and safe for them.

Maxine with the fucking machine Thin Line feb 2010
Maxine with the fucking machine Thin Line feb 2010
Art Unveiled party at Armory 4 16 2010 Jack Hammer and Minxxgirl by Suzanne Forbes
Art Unveiled party at Armory 4 16 2010 Jack Hammer and Minxxgirl by Suzanne Forbes
2010 Armory feature shoot Sept 3 banquet table by Suzanne Forbes

2010 Armory feature shoot Sept 3 banquet table by Suzanne Forbes

I hope you will be inspired to learn more about the chilling effect  caused by SESTA and FOSTA, such as the closing of Craigslist Personals, and the immediate harm to sex workers.

I continue to make erotic art and document diverse, queer, kinky sexuality in Berlin.

And now that my sexy art has a home, I will be posting it ALL THE TIME if you fund me.

I’m working on the crowd-funding setup for this site.