Recently, my partner was on a business trip to Tyler, Texas. On his way back home, he was sitting in the Tyler airport and tried to log on to MySexProfessor.com. But oops! He couldn’t. Because apparently MSP “violates the City of Tyler Internet Usage Policy”. What? That’s right: the “reason for restriction”, as you may be able to see in the image, is because we got mis-classified into the “forbidden category” of pornography. We aren’t even a porn site!
It used to be that Internet filters commonly blocked even sexual health sites, such as web sites related to breast health or breast cancer. However, as technology has advanced, this is less often the case. And yet, sexual health sites and sex blogs are often blocked on purpose. A year or two ago, I was trying to get some work done over a bowl of a tomato basil soup I liked at a Cosi in Washington DC. I was all settled in to work when I found I couldn’t get on a variety of sex sites including MSP, The Kinsey Institute’s site and those of various woman-run sex toy shops. Which, you can imagine, severely limited my work plans for my lunch hour.
It’s too bad that it’s a blanket rule, that all sex sites get blocked using some filters, because many sex sites, like ours, provide quality information about sexual health and well-being in addition to pleasure. But I guess everything is indeed bigger in Texas, including the Internet sex filters.