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“Human Rights” and Kobo

August 30, 2014

I have been informed that Kobo has rejected Human Rights.


Because Jiat is a cat. They consider it bestiality. Which is bullshit. Bestiality is sex between a human and a non-sentient animal. Jiat is a humanoid feline who is as intelligent and self-aware as a human being. He is anthropomorphized. He’s a furry. To me, he is no different than the myriad books littering Kobo’s virtual shelves of shifters in some shifted form having sex with their human companion. It really angers me to be censored in an area that fantasy and sci-fi have long been treading. But, someone over at Kobo has a bee in their bonnet about it, so it’s not available there. We have an email in to them asking that it be published as there is nothing wrong with the story and it does not meet their content restriction guidelines (I don’t write bestiality, it’s something that makes me incredibly uncomfortable).

But, it you want it, please buy it from Storm Moon Press. They have ePub, LIT, MOBI, and PDF, so it can be bought there and loaded on your reader. 🙂

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2014 7:18 am

    I just read Human Rights and it’s fabulous. At no point did I get the “bestiality” vibe from it. It felt more like the old master/slave relationship taboo than owner/pet. Ewan was never forced or seduced into anything, and the sex scene was very tactful and loving.

    For what it’s worth, I think Kobo is practicing double standards if they allow paranormal romance but not this. I’ve read a paranormal romance where one shifter was in animal form during sex (he was receiving penetration) and that made me very uncomfortable. This, however, did not make me uncomfortable at all.

  2. September 5, 2014 10:43 am

    I’m glad you liked it!

    I’ve been reading paranormal romances before and been hit with the surprise bestiality content. It made me uncomfortable and I really didn’t want people to feel that way with Jiat and Ewan. 🙂

    We do still have an email into Kobo because their response to our first email was just a vague ‘It’s against our content TOS’. We asked them to define what part is being violated because we’re hoping it’s just the cover with Ewan being naked. If so, that can be corrected, they just have to TELL US what’s wrong. A ‘this is against our rules’ doesn’t help since their four ‘rules’ are not being broken by the content of the book itself. Bah!

  3. September 5, 2014 3:26 pm

    Yeah, they’ll allow octopus-looking aliens wrapped around humans, but not this? It’s not even a real cat – it’s a humanized cat – feet, abs and all. It’s clearly an other world story and the rules are different when it’s an other world or another planet story.

  4. September 5, 2014 4:24 pm

    I did get a new response back from them. To quote Kobo:

    “Our content team advised that your content seems to involve bestiality, which violates our policy.”

    Emphasis mine.

    AKA, they haven’t actually reviewed the book’s content, just looked at the cover. My response was:

    Excuse me, but the book does not contain bestiality. Bestiality is sex between a human being and a non-sentient, non-consenting animal, and that is NOT what “Human Rights” contains. The book is a fantasy novella about a planet where a humanoid canine and feline species rule. They are sentient and human-like except for their facial features. This is no different from any other fantasy or science fiction novel where there are feline, canine, lizard, or other animal-like humanoid that main characters are based off of or interact with or fall in love with. It is call an anthropomorphic character, and it is a valid form of fiction writing that is simply NOT bestiality.

    If you would like, I could present you with several erotic titles already in your catalogue that contain this same sort of thing or worse (for example, humans having sex with shifted werewolves or other paranormal creatures in animal form). The humanoid feline who is one of the main characters is a sentient, intelligent, compassionate character who is anything but a simple animal having sex with a human.

    I feel this decision is being based solely on the cover art of the book, not its content. You have dozens of ‘furry’ titles listed on your site, which is what my title is considered. A simple search for me revealed half a dozen results on the initial search return page. If I loaded more results or refined my search, I know it would return more.

    If you will not apply your standard of ‘bestiality’ across all titles, then singling mine out is wrong. Someone looked at my cover—who probably doesn’t read fantasy, sci-fi, or furry fiction—and made a snap decision. I would like my book published as that decision was based on ignorance, not the content itself. “Human Rights” is a fantasy story based on a different planet about a race not human. It’s not an unusual type of story in its genre, and it is certainly not bestiality.

  5. September 5, 2014 9:19 pm

    Very nice response. They have to allow it after this.

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