A major U.S. bookstore chain has censored the cover of the latest Dossier Journal fashion magazine, which depicts an androgynous male model with his shirt off.
Barnes & Noble requested that the magazines be sold in black, opaque plastic bags at the publisher’s expense because “the model is young and it could be deemed as a naked female,” according to reports.
The move shocked Dossier’s staff, and local censorship experts are calling the explanation “bogus.”
Other media have also reported that another chain, Borders, is censoring the magazine cover, but a company spokesperson told the Star it never made such a request. Barnes & Noble could not be reached for comment.
Oh FFS -_-;; So apparently even cis men being topless is "lewd" if they might be "deemed" to be a woman? -_-;; If this stupidity doesn't put the lie to our arbitrary gender divisions and assumptions in society, I dunno what does -_-;;;
Plus it shows just how much our perception of gender is based on social construction (make up, pose, size of body, facial features, etc) and not on what's between ppl's legs like all the transphobes love to talk about >_>;;