May 17, 2002

MSN: Transsexual = porn?

Don't expect to find the MSN community "Transsexuals are here to stay" using the MSN search engine.

Protests were called after made their search engine off-limits to those seeking information resources under the term "transsexual."
Instead you will get the message "You have entered a search term that is likely to return adult content" and a page providing a link solely to 'transsexual' at, a porn site advertising "Sexy TransSexual" and "Chix with Dix" as its top two sites.

Activists have found that only "transsexual" is being blocked in this way. Terms such as "transgender," "gay," "lesbian" are not affected, nor is S&M.

Effectively is refusing to run the search because of possible sexual content - and then directing the user to a commercial porn site! Nice one.

As a result, have created a grotesque situation which both sexually stereotypes the transsexual community and denies those seeking support information about gender dsyphoria a means to obtain it.

Protests to should be made via as a comment on the Search facility

Last year, similar actions against e-mail provider V21 and the Internet giant Yahoo! both resulted in climb downs.

Posted by .M. at May 17, 2002 02:28 PM


I firmly agree with you i think msn should accept the term transsexual anyway

Posted by: Michael Thomas O'Flaherty at May 18, 2004 09:50 AM

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