Pre-censored to satisfy the Art Police
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Last Wednesday (11/02), I shared a public post , along with an album containing 22 images, to protest the censorship of art. At that time, I also created the #occupygpluscensorship hash. A number of the images were quickly flagged by the Art Police and, not much later, the post itself became restricted some time on Friday (11/04).

The OP was reinstated the following Monday (, but I felt it might be fun to share the album...publicly again...yet pre-censor the images for the convenience of the Art Police. I sympathize that they can't be everywhere all the time. (TY +jeffrey m fletcher for the idea!)

It quickly became a rather fascinating exercise that I hadn't anticipated...because I had no idea what was offensive and what wasn't. Fifteen of the 22 images were ultimately flagged with no rhyme or reason. Do I cover only the nipple? The whole breast? Entire cleavage? I had no clue.

So, I opted for the minimalist approach...

However, after uploading the new album, a new discovery. Google had apparently tagged some of the images with its recognition software and it looked like seven of the 22 images were either still under review, or permanently banned. I clicked for reviews on all of the precensored flagged images and now, a bit less than a day later, it appears all of them have been un-flagged. Is it a victory when pre-censored art is approved for viewing?

I also uploaded all 22 uncensored images to another album, so I could share these with a private circle containing everyone who has participated in the censorship posts and discussions. In this uncensored, but private album, eight of the images remain flagged. But, not all are the same flagged images as in the pre-censored album. Go figure.

Now, I don't know what's art and what's not.
I don't know if I can even tell a breast from a nipple.
What I do I know is that it's all very confusing. And very arbitrary.

If you disagree with the censorship of art and you want to help create more nipples, er, ripples in the G+ pond, then please...

Re-share this post PUBLICLY!

Re-share the OP ( on censorship PUBLICLY!

Limited posts don't appear in Ripples.

If you participated in any of the discussions on this issue, or re-shared any of my censorship posts, then you're probably in my "Censorship" circle. If you're not sure, if you want to be able to see the uncensored album, then +mention me here in the comments and I will add you.

/cc: +Philippe Cornu-Marquis +Ana Drahotusky Bruketa +Kent Oldhøj +Lester Barrows +Marcin Ciszewicz +Colton B
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