On I guess I’m not done with that either

Vimeo shut down my account again. Same generic message as last time. I can only guess that my last video Close up Orgasm (explicit sexuality NSFW 18+) is considered as violating their guidelines. Or that someone reported my account. Or or or, since it’s all so arbitrary in the first place.
For a few hours there, I thought about quitting the whole thing. I’m not sure I have this kind of fight in me. What am I even fighting for? This just feels exhausting and like I’m on the wrong side of… something.
Still, I wrote to them. I guess my work is worth at least trying. Let’s see what happens now.
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Dear Rain Robert,

Your account has been removed by the Vimeo Staff for violating our Guidelines.

Reason: Uploading videos that contain pornography or sexually explicit material, explicit depictions of nudity or sexual acts, or that seem primarily focused on sexual stimulation.

For more information on our content and community policies, please visit: https://vimeo.com/guidelines.

If you believe this was an error, please reply to this message as soon as possible to explain. (Please be aware that Vimeo moderators take action as violations come to our attention. “I see other people doing it” is not a valid explanation.)

Otherwise, we hope that you find a video platform better suited to your needs.

Sincerely,
Vimeo Staff
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Dear Vimeo staff,

My account was just removed and I am writing to plead you to consider restoring it. I am grateful for the chance to re-convince you of my integrity. 
Vimeo removed my account a first time in July but then restored it after removing the videos that were deemed to be violating the guidelines (please refer to the conversation copied below). I have since tried to stay within the guidelines and seemed to be successful until now. I am hoping this second account removal was caused by a specific video that can be removed so that my account can be restored again.

I understand that Vimeo needs to establish and enforce guidelines for legal and technical reasons. I truly had meant to respect this and did not intend on being casual or challenging. The work that I do is aimed at healing myself by creating my own images of what it means to be me. Sex is an immensely complex subject and I feel very small against the giants who seem to own the rights of expressions of sexuality. I may be judged as wrong in my endeavor to deal with sexual images, but I am truly convinced that my project is important and valuable. I believe that censoring sexuality and segregating it to a second class subject does not protect us, it actually does the opposite by perpetuating cycles of shame and violence.
I have copied at the bottom of this email the introduction text to my website, which hopefully shows that my videos are grounded in an honest artistic quest. 
Thank you very much for your time and consideration. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.
Rain Robert

7 thoughts on “On I guess I’m not done with that either

  1. Dear Miss I am a follower of you from Spain, I am sorry what has done to you vimeo, I have been reading a little the closures of your policy to upload videos and some of them this is what they put
    Types of content you can not upload: You can not include pornography or sexually explicit material. (Artistic nudes without sexual character are permitted)
    It is seen that some video of you if it was explicitly sexual, and for that reason it is seen that they have annulled his account, definitively or temporary, I hope that soon the problem with vimeo is solved and we can enjoy his artistic videos.

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    1. Hi Jose, I guess the issue really is how do you interpret what is artistic and what is pornographic… And I guess I’m right at the edge of both. Thank you for writing, I really appreciate the support : )

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  2. There must be easier ways to share your projects, now that You can link to them anyway. Any webconnected storage should do. You do not need Vimeo.

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    1. The problem is that pretty much all web storage have the same restrictions against sexually explicit content. This is a bigger problem than just Vimeo, and I guess it explains why things are so segregated. Cause and reaction looping.

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