Take a stand behind your creators who make revolutionary independant content. Do not go quietly down the path of least resistance and join every other platform we are discriminated against on.As journalist Violet Blue noted, “We are barred from Facebook, Instagram, Paypal, Mail Chimp, Word Press.org, Squarespace, Square, Kickstarter, Chase, Snapchat, Ad Words..We’re writing you today both as adult creators and concerned individuals about free, legal, expression.
And while we understand the desire to police illegal content off the platform (and support it! Who is it, at Patreon or anywhere, who decides what is art?
Imagine how hard it must be for us to survive without the tools you had to start your business. Liara Roux – is Creating Pretty Things Violet Blue – is creating cybersecurity news, and a San Francisco memoir Chibi Neko – is creating Cosplay Zina H – is creating reviews, articles, and essays about pop culture and fandom.
Remember that our fan bases have been a pillar of your community and supported that very business. And those who have been unable to sign – for fear of their safety and financial well being. Marshmallow Maximus – is creating Soft & Sweet Pin-Up Photography Pandora Blake – is creating sexual freedom Conner Habib – is creating a podcast & web seiries on sex, the occult, and radical philosophy Luna & Marion – are creating Adult Content, Photos, Cosplay, Modelling, Videos, Art, V-Games Alexis Flower – is creating I Roved Out Megan Rose Gedris – is creating comics Nomnom Nami – is creating games about girls who like girls Caitlin Doughty – is creating Death Videos Kassandra Leigh – is creating Fetish, Fantasy & Fashion Photos.
This problem has only been brought further to the forefront in recent days, where you have long had a checkbox on your site that says “Content contains sexual imagery or nudity.” Which now exists alongside new language in your October 17th update, to the Adult Content section, which says this: “Lastly, you cannot sell pornographic material or arrange sexual service(s) as a reward for your patrons. It’s even how you’ve recommended we operate – using Patreon to fund a movie, or creating a website to reliably deliver rewards to our patrons! After an Engaget article covered these new developments, this was added: Update: A Patreon spokesperson has clarified that its stance hasn’t changed, just the way it articulates the policy around pornography and other adult content.
You can’t use Patreon to raise funds in order to produce pornographic material such as maintaining a website, funding the production of movies, or providing a private webcam session.” Which is exactly, as you well know, how many of your most popular creators operate. Which is to say that producers of pornography and sex workers more generally have always been “operating outside of the Community Guidelines.” The decision will leave a number of sex workers looking for yet another way to secure payment for their labor.