Recently I’ve been a bit more savvy with my use of Twitter. I want to build a platform there that allows me to connect one-to-one with my readers, rather than just using it for spewing out promotions. One of the changes that I’ve made is to start using TweetDeck to filter various threads instead of relying on the information dump that is the timeline.
One of the advantages of this approach is that it allows me to separate non-erotica content from others. That’s useful so that I don’t end up being flirty with a nun or something (example only, this hasn’t actually happened, and as far as I know I’m not following any nuns… do nuns even use Twitter?).
However, the advantage is also a disadvantage.
One of those non-erotica folks – one that I highly respect, and won’t name – tweeted asking erotica authors to show consideration for other people. Not everyone wants to see sex in their timeline.
That’s fine. I get it. But those people are free to ignore it. Or not follow an erotica author.
Not everyone wants to see pictures of cats, or lesbians kissing, or black people, or Donald Trump. That doesn’t mean it’s reasonable for those people to ask that nobody makes posts of those things.
How far should we go in “being considerate”? Should we avoid using certain words for fear of offending someone? Which ones are off limits? Just swear words like fuck? Body parts like penis and nipples? Sex related words like suck, lick, cum and orgasm? Does context count (again, I give you cats…)?
I think the whole world needs to start being a bit more tolerant of different people. Sure, I get it, some people don’t like sex. I don’t ask those people not to use Twitter just because I disagree with their opinion. Personally, I like sex, I see it as an extension of normal human interaction. If I’m going to interact with my fans on Twitter then sex is bound to crop up.
So I guess what I’m saying is, Twitter folks be warned – if you follow me, you are giving permission for my tweets to appear in your timeline. You’re free to ignore them, you’re free to be angry about them, you’re free to discuss them with your church group and decide that I’m going to hell.
But if you ask me to stop, I’m free to refuse.