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Etsy Censors Sexy Sellers

It seem that risque items created by Etsy.com vendors -- like this penis painting -- are hard to come by these days.

It seem that risque items created by Etsy.com vendors -- like this penis painting -- are hard to come by these days.

Thursday, July 15, 2010 1:00 GMT

ALTON, Ill. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Buying a handmade penis pendant or vagina-shaped pillow is not as easy as it used to be.

Etsy.com – the online DIY shop where crafters can sell their handmade goods, no matter how kooky or naughty they may be – is currently under fire for its censorship of certain items.

Etsy shop owner Cappy Sue, who paints cartoonish versions of human genitalia and makes other adult crafts, says the once liberal website has been hiding her items and other artists’ risque work from certain searches – an act she likens to WWII-style “ghettoization.”

She explains, “It seems like they’re putting all the mature sellers in a ghetto. They filtered our listings so now people can’t see anything we post. It’s a huge censorship issue.”

Sue believes she and other offbeat sellers are in danger of losing money and may even have to close down their online shops.

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