Is masturbation (the topic, not the act!) allowed with Google Adsense?

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  1. Angela Harris profile image69
    Angela Harrisposted 10 years ago

    In regards to the Hublove contest as well- Can I write about masturbation or is that outside the guidelines for the Hubs? And would that be against the TOS? Family oriented or whatever the exact phrase used is so subjective.

    Sorry if this makes no sense. I'm sleepy. I actually came to the forum to ask this question and then forgot why I was here.

    P.S. Bet you guys can guess what I'm thinking about tackling with the religion topic. Scandalous!   yikes

    1. Hope Alexander profile image80
      Hope Alexanderposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Google Adsense TOS forbid speaking of anything explicitly sexual. If you use clever euphemisms and sound suitably puritanical and anti sex, you may get away with it.

      1. kerryg profile image86
        kerrygposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        I like how we can't do anything sexual, but they can plaster our hubs with ads for wet t-shirt contests and "hot pics". Freakin' hypocrites.

        1. Hope Alexander profile image80
          Hope Alexanderposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          Yeah, I have been trying to get Google to clarify its insane "adult/mature" policy for a while now, but all I get is "use your best discretion", and "content must be suitable for all viewing audiences".

          I pointed out to the Google rep that I think there are MANY topics not suitable for ALL audiences. I don't think kids need to see ads for sexy lingerie, I don't think they need to be bombarded with hot pics, I don't think they need to know about dating, (and a bunch more stuff) and I wouldn't recommend that parents let their children read anything I write, ever.

          Yet, Google places ads on 'Hot Breasts', and won't come out and say that is against TOS. When I pointed that out to the Google rep I got back a formulaic "Thanks for your concern, we have forwarded this to out special super duper review team"  (Which I imagine really means the office cat's litter box.)

          Personally I think this is ass covering, pure and simple, and perhaps also a way to be able to pull the plug on sites if and when they feel the need by being able to invoke the "mature" content clause.

          Oh, and don't bother trying to get specific answers on specific topics out of them, they refuse to answer them. Like I said, ass covering.

    2. makemoneyonline profile image34
      makemoneyonlineposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I think you can write about masturbation as long as it stays "politically" correct that is from psychological or medical point of view not sexual point of view smile

  2. Angela Harris profile image69
    Angela Harrisposted 10 years ago

    Wow, this is disappointing. I was really wanting to write this, but I don't have the time to try to be clever about it. Plus, I don't want to do anything that has the potential to be against Google's TOS.

    Thanks for the information. I really wasn't sure about this gray area. Oh well.

    Kerryg, I soooo agree with you.

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image81
      Uninvited Writerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      You can disable google ads on any hub you want. If you don't mind passing up the potential to make any money. then you can write about whatever you wish.

      1. jim.sheng profile image59
        jim.shengposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, you can disable google ads. Your ads can be heavy, light, or none. But I don't think you can write "whatever you wish". Sexial contents are still not allowed by hubpages.

  3. Angela Harris profile image69
    Angela Harrisposted 10 years ago

    Uninvited Writer, I don't know why I didn't think of that. When I have more time, I think I may write it anyway without the Hubs.

    Hope Alexander, I think you've hit the nail on the head. It's all about profits vs. liability and the delicate balance between the two. It sucks though.

  4. funnebone profile image67
    funneboneposted 10 years ago

    Well I havent made enough on adsense to make me want to masterbate over it but do what you want

  5. Angela Harris profile image69
    Angela Harrisposted 10 years ago

    LOL, funnebone. After rereading my title, I was wondering when there would be a comment like that. In my defense, it was 2 or 3 in the morning.


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