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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Norton

Ars longa, vita brevis.

Updated: Nov 22, 2021

Art is long, life is short.

I've been censored again on Facebook - Thirty days this time for posting an image of The Stain. The community standard concerning nudity has not been violated. Sexual activity, genitals, and men squeezing women's breasts are listed as offensive. None of these conditions exist to justify removing posts and punishing a female author. Art is supposed to be exempt from these rules anyway.

The Stain book cover artfully captures the naked vulnerability of a young American woman traveling overseas for marriage. It is an intentionally provocative image for an important work about marriage and relationships. I stand by this cover design and the fictional story within.

Others have posted the link to The Stain sale page on Amazon and the book cover photos without being censored. If the image was truly offensive, wouldn't everyone be held to the same standard? Why would Facebook specifically target the author of the book and no one else?

There is a long history of sexual discrimination against women writers in the United States. This is the reason why many female authors use pseudonyms or initials to hide their gender. Sadly, Facebook appears to be continuing this tradition. Free speech and artistic expression are fundamental rights in the United States. Without our voices, we are little more than lambs being led to slaughter.

If you haven't ordered a copy of The Stain yet, I encourage you to do so here:

The Stain is published, copyrighted, and entered into the Library of Congress. Knowing this story will outlast petty puritanical social media censors gives me a certain sense of peace.

Ars longa, vita brevis. Art is long, life is short.

Don't let the opinions of anyone stop you from expressing yourself.

Thank you for your support.

Photo courtesy of the Canva pro media library.

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