Censoring: Don’t Be a Dick
I probably should have seen it coming. Whether I like it or not, I’m still playing in my grandma’s traditional sandbox.* Well, the grannies just came along and kicked down my sandcastle. Apparently, the conservative viewers at Craftsy have made a collective stink about my Don’t Be a Dick quilt block pattern posted there. The pattern was pulled down from the Craftsy website after it was reported as being pornographic. Now this just makes me laugh and laugh. I mean, the truth tea is, like any warm-blooded gay man, I know what porn is. I may have even been known to sleep with a porn star or two! Ow! So believe you me, calling some rectangles, squares and half-square-triangles positioned into a cartoon shape of a penis, does not porn make. (G-rated porn, is that even a thing?) When did body parts become so offensive?
To that end, as soon as the trouble started with the Don’t Be a Dick quilt block pattern, Craftsy reached out to me. Their team have been nothing short of fabulous in their communication with me! The emails have been courteous, hilarious, and filled with ideas on how we can work together to both our benefit. Plus, team member, Millie, knows how to work a GIF! At first I was quite resistant to their suggestions of censorship. (To be honest, I still am, and it stirs all sorts of thoughts and emotions that I don’t want discuss while I’m still heated about it). However, I do understand that they have a business to run. They have a lot of people to make happy, which includes both the extremely liberal like me, all the way to the conservative, complaining bee hives. C’est la vie, right? Plus, they’re offering their marketplace free of charge for us burgeoning pattern makers to use. So I’ve decided to concede, and I am working with them to revise the cover page so that it is a little less abrasive for some viewers.
In the meantime, if you’d like to buy my pattern directly, you can send me an email. I’ll send you a Paypal request for $4.00 and then email you the PDF straight away after payment. Thank you everyone for your patience and support! I’m certainly not disgruntled or discouraged (probably quite the opposite), so I’ll just keep on, keeping on, because the world obviously needs to see this dick quilt made!
*Metaphor! Like most of you, my Grandma Sparkles is anything but traditional!