Name: Bondage, Domination, Submission, Sadism, & Masochism Web Page (censorship)

Date:  1985 - 1995

Location:  North America

SubjectNudity , Sexual/Gender Orientation

MediumElectronic Media

Artist: Daniel C. Robbins

Confronting Bodies: Brown University , Computing and Information Services, Computer Science Department

Date of Action: start: Thursday, March 31, 1994, final: Fri, 29 Jul 1994

Specific Location: Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA

Description of Artwork:  An experimental NCSA Mosaic home page, on the World Wide Web, for those who are interested in Bondage, Domination, Submission, Sadism, and Masochism (hereafter refered to as BDSM). Contained and had links to: Stories, Pictures, Information, Personal Ads. and Creative Projects. These sections in specific carried: STORIES: culled stories from the net about alternative sexual lifestyles and situation. Ranging from consensual stories of married couples tying each other up to non-consensual rape, torture, and murder. PICTURES: gifs sent to me personally and those culled from the net, ranging from catwoman in leather to amatuer and staged acts of BDSM to bodyart INFORMATION: files on: Safe Sex and Health, BDSM, Polyamory, Infantilism, Bestiality, Bodyart, Fashion, Queer Resources, Catalogs, Stores, Books, Events and Localities, Newsgroup discussions, MUDs (Multiple User Dungeons) and misc PERSONALS: links to other sites that maintained online persoanls and an experimental online personal service for the BDSM community. PROJECTS: Included an interactive graphical navigation through a virtual dungeon, information on CyberSM (tm) from Stahl Stenslie, and the illustrated story Bad Samaritan. The statistics for the page were: From 4/20 - 5/13 there were 66938 accessess from 4075 unique places.

Description of Incident:  around Thursday, March 31, 1994 I was asked to shut down my page by an administrator at Brown University. I asked if the reason was net traffic, and I was told, no, it was due to the content I was providing. I asked what my options were. I could either quitely shut down or bring it up before the facilities committee who would, in the words of the administrator, certainly shut me down.

Results of Incident:  I agreed to shut the page down. I removed the "offensive" material and changed the home page to relate the incident. email of support started flooding in. Some of this mail included offers to host the page from other sites. I took three of these peop

Source: Daniel C. Robbins. I am the creator of the BDSM Home Page.

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