If you’re hoping to make a dollar off this outspoken hentai you picked up in college, you won’t be selling it on eBay. As the first spotted news adult videoseBay has banned the sale of sexually explicit material from June 15, 2021.
Everyone has their own definition of what counts as “sexually explicit,” and eBay is exclusively PG. While the politics is confusing because it seems to combine nudity and sexually explicit material, it carefully defines nudity as “the display of any part of the male or female genitals, anus, or female breast where the areola or nipple is visible.” It goes on to say that the same pieces do not go through if covered with transparent material or confined by tight clothing. Politics also classifies “people engaging in sexual intercourse or activities” as nudity.
It goes on to say that “most adult-only items are prohibited” and include “sexually explicit anime, comics, books, movies, animation, manga, hentai, yaoi,” as among things considered adult-only.
Politics as it is written seemingly prohibit the sale Game of Throneswhere “gender position“Was in vogue, as were films like Blue is the warmest color… Your favorite romance novel would be safe (it looks like the images were the problem, not the words), but Alan Moore’s collection of epic comics Lost girlswhere Wendy from Peter Pan and Dorothy from The wizard of oz just going into more details on more pages than I personally would like to see, would not. Candid comics, manga, hentai and yaoi that the pedantic can say are one and the same will also be banned by the new policy.
However, the policy provides an exception for Playboy, Play of life, Mayfair, as well as Penthouse… Tasteful nude images sold under the Art section will also be permitted, provided the postures are acceptable and there is no intercourse. What this means for printouts of any version of Leda and Swan is up to eBay. The same probably applies to the complete works of Katsushika Hokusai. The artist is best known for his Mount Fuji woodcut series, but was also known for his extremely explicit woodcut erotica, including one of the earliest examples of “tentacle porn.”
Unopened sex toys will continue to be allowed, provided the packaging is not sexually explicit.
Censorship, even in a relatively open market like eBay, is notoriously difficult business. When Tumblr tried to solve the problem with porn in 2018, traffic dropped sharply as excited users moved elsewhere. Ebay said Vice that this new ban is in the interest of security. Banning all adult content should make it difficult for attackers to monetize revenge pornography or other content published without the consent of all participants.
When you asked for a comment, ebay said Facets:
eBay is committed to maintaining a safe and secure marketplace. Effective June 15, 2021, eBay.com will no longer be able to post sexually suggestive items or postures. “Everything Else> Adults Only” will no longer be available as a category. New ads in the Adults Only category are not permitted, and listings pending cancellation will be discontinued after their renewal date.