[Foundation-l] commons and freely licensed sexual imagery

David Goodman dgoodmanny at gmail.com
Thu May 14 04:38:13 UTC 2009

This is not a photograph of sexual activity , but the after-effects of
sexual activity.  A photograph is clearer about the nature of it than
any drawing could be.

David Goodman, Ph.D, M.L.S.

On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 12:03 AM, private musings
<thepmaccount at gmail.com> wrote:
> g'day all,
> There's an interesting deletion discussion taking place here;
> http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Deletion_requests/File:Sexuality_pearl_necklace_small.png
> concerning an image of a woman with sperm on her neck. To my mind it's very
> doubtful that this is in fact a freely licensed image, but regardless of my
> cynicism, the IP who nominated the image for deletion (the 5th time it's
> been nominated, and the 4th time was by me, in December) raised the
> possibility that we (both commons, wikipedia, and perhaps by extension all
> wmf projects) might be better to opt for drawings rather than photographs of
> sexual activity?
> I'm sure many are familiar with my view that the foundation is an acutely
> irresponsible host in this area (I'm not a fan, for example, of the pictures
> taken of topless women on beaches without their permission which commons
> currently hosts) - but wonder what the feeling is out there in regard to
> freely licensed images of people having sex - we've currently got quite a
> few on commons, and it's likely to be a growth area. There's a dirty pun in
> there somewhere, but I can't be bothered to make it......
> cheers,
> Peter
> PM.
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