Facebook doesn’t like Jenna Skyy’s fake boobs

This morning when I logged into Dallas Voice’s Facebook page, I got the following message:

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Warning

Content that you shared on Facebook has been removed because it violated Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Shares that contain nudity, pornography, or graphic sexual content, are not permitted on Facebook. This message serves as a warning. Additional violations may result in the termination of your account. Please read the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities carefully and refrain from posting abusive material in the future. Thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

I initially had no clue what they were referring to, and of course they don’t bother to tell you. So I just clicked “Acknowledge,” because they really don’t give you a choice. Then I checked our Inbox, and it appears the warning was the result of a complaint by one of our so-called “friends,” who also sent us a message saying he objected to the above photo of Gaybingo co-host Jenna Skyy, which accompanied our post about the event’s 10th anniversary last weekend. I checked and, sure enough, the post had been removed from our page. Here’s what our friend wrote about the photo in his message to us:

“It violates the TOS. Please remove it and be more understanding in the future about people who read your newspaper have kids who might see it. Please take into accounts that children might see the post and be more socially responsible. Sexually explicit pictures or movies that show nudity does not ever belong on facebook. Please think about the kids who might see it. Porn has a time and place, but not on facebook.”

Porn? Really? First of all, even if Jenna’s breasts were real, I regularly see far more sexually explicit photos on Facebook. But they’re not real, they’re fuckin’ fake. And if you watch the video in the post, you’ll see that she’s actually in the process of removing them. But she covered them with her arm anyway. Covered fake breasts are porn? This loser must have an interesting sex life.

The fact is this same “friend,” whom we won’t identify here, has been a nuisance for some time — leaving ridiculous comments on our page accusing us of being part of some big gay Republican conspiracy. After I found out he had complained about our photo, I finally deleted him. But what really bothers me is the fact that Facebook agreed with him and issued a warning with no questions asked, and without providing any way to contact them.

On that note, I thought I’d let you know that Dallas Voice is now on Google+.

—  John Wright

Bill would ease sexting penalties, but consensual gay sex can still be a felony for teens in Texas

Attorney General Greg Abbott

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is endorsing legislation that would ease criminal penalties for teens who are convicted of sexting — transmitting explicit photos of themselves or other minors using computers and mobile devices.

Currently, teens who send or receive photos of someone who is underage can be charged with third-degree felony child pornography, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and forced to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives.

Under SB 408, which was filed today, sexting would become a class-C misdemeanor for first-time violators who are under 18.

“Studies show that teenage students are increasingly taking, sending and receiving explicit pictures of themselves on their mobile telephones,” Abbott said in a press release. “This dangerous trend is harmful to young Texans. We are joining with Sen. Kirk Watson to address the growing problem of sexting and educate – not criminalize – young Texans who make the unwise decision to participate in it.”

For once we agree with Abbott here. This bill makes sense for both straight and LGBTQ teens, and perhaps especially for gay teens in the age of Grindr, etc.

But if our attorney general truly supports the concept of not criminalizing teens, he should also support efforts to fix the state’s discriminatory age-of-consent laws, commonly referred to as “Romeo and Juliet” provisions.

As we’ve noted before, if a 17-year-old MALE has consensual sexual contact with a 16-year-old MALE in Texas, the older individual can be charged with a second-degree felony and sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. On the other hand, if the older individual is MALE and the younger person is FEMALE (or vice versa), the older person can argue an “affirmative defense” and have the charge dismissed on that basis.

In other words, while SB 408 would make sexting a class-C misdemeanor, gay teens who have consensual sex, unlike their straight peers, have no defense against a charge of indecency with a minor.

Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, has introduced bills in previous sessions that would fix this discriminatory law, but there’s no word on whether he plans to do so this year.

Even if he does, don’t expect Abbott to support it.

UPDATE: Coleman’s office confims that he does plan to file the bill again this year.

—  John Wright