Pop-Culture | Posted by Magda K on 10/17/2009

Mookychick Banned For Adult Content

mookychick!

Three years ago, I founded Mookychick.co.uk as an alternative online finishing school. I believed that, hey, all alternative girls are linked by curiousity, intelligence and a tiny feeling of ‘the outsider’ – somone who watches, and doesn’t always want to leap into whatever the crowd’s doing.

Alternative girls and women have more in common with each other than the various separationist labels give them credit for. By labels, I mean ‘goth’, ‘emo’, ‘burlesque’, ‘geek’, ‘kinderwhore’ and of course ‘shy girl who always sits at the back and never gets picked for the team and wishes she could figure out a way to get people to talk to her about stuff she’s actually interested in’. A feminist site? Well… I’m more than happy to classify myself as a feminist. I think developing girls and experienced women looking out for each other is pretty feminist.

Two days ago, one of our mooky messageboard members told me that Mooks had been banned at her school. For ‘adult content’.

Mm-hmm?

Really? Was Mookychick truly adult content in the accepted sense of the phrase? Were we dirty and impure, like grotesque porn star Ron Jeremy? Were we, in the immortal words of renegade funnyman Chris Morris, no better than paedophiles dressed as schools to lure in the unsuspecting children?

I did a quick article search. Well, okay – we’ve got “The Good Girl’s Guide to porn for women“, a one-off jewel of an article and very useful, especially if you’re living at home.

A quick scout around also revealed that we have occasionally used scatalogical slang in print, though not too often, because it’s not that big or clever. For some odd reason, we’ve always believed that good grammar, a love of language and having something pro-active to say has been more important than a scattering of smut.

Are we thrusting sexuality on kids in a country (the UK) where teenage pregnancy is on the rise? Hell, no. If our readers happily tell us of their pregnancy when they’re still at school, we congratulate them, because who wants to assume they have the right to judge a stranger who’s happy about their choice? We frequently get queries from girls worried about the first kiss or first sexual encounter and always tell them why there’s no need to rush. We’ve also had interesting articles exploring the potential benefits of chastity. Oh, okay – and scarf bondage. But that’s having an open mind is all about.

And we’re not just about the sex. We have a wealth, an attic of articles on how to survive art college, how to start your own country, how to go on a protest march, how to engage in the world of alternative ballet, how to cope with bi-polar disorder, how to eat fruit, and, of course, how to survive both a possible earthquake and a hugely unlikely but nevertheless terrifying zombie apocalypse…

I would rather retain our site’s eclectic personality than whittle away some of our lovely content just so that we’ll be taken off the educational system’s ‘adult content’ list. I’d rather have one letter from a girl who’s felt less lonely through reading Mookychick on her isolated farm deep in Arkansas than have a school deem us fit for purpose – but only if we sacrifice our content – and therefore our ideals.

Adult content?

I sincerely hope not.

Maturing content. For maturing people.

Onwards.

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  • Lolli @ at 5:15 pm, October 17th, 2009

    I found Mookychick about a year ago, and it really surprised me- for the good. Any ‘girl sites’ I found so far were really crappy, to say the least. I could learn how to be fashionable or hit on guys- both things I wasn’t looking for. But Mookychick was different. I really enjoyed (and still do) reading any article- I could feel, through the writing, that these girls are much like me, that I’m at home here. I don’t live in Arkansas- I live in Poland, and it’s equally (or even more) hard to find someone like-minded when you’re a feminist. I’m a budding artist- and I know exactly what you mean. I would never sacrifice any message I want to put through just to satisfy the general public with the form.

    So, an overall and huge THANK YOU for everything so far!

  • Ari Reading in Color @ at 7:39 pm, October 18th, 2009

    A hearty ‘hear hear’ to this post.
    I’ve never heard of your sight, but it sounds wonderful. While it’s nice to read about fashion and make-up sometimes, it’s even better to read about postive women role models, how to participate in a protest march and other things that don’t get addressed, but should.
    I agree that it is indeed better to stay true to your original message and ideals than change your ideals.

  • toongrrl @ at 8:51 pm, October 18th, 2009

    MookyChick looks intresting

  • Maria D @ at 8:56 pm, October 18th, 2009

    I just started looking at your site after reading this article, and I think I may have found my new favorite procrastination tool when I’m working on midterm papers.

    And school censorship of websites is a very odd thing. For example, at my old high school, I could access the online H.P. Lovecraft library but I couldn’t get to a childrens authors’ blog.

  • Amy CT @ at 5:07 am, October 19th, 2009

    Yay Magda!

    I’m a semi-frequent contributor to Mookychick, and I salute it for its solidarity: it’s a place where people stand for things, and are supported, not shunned, because of this. It’s something that, for a long long looooong time, I dreamed existed, and then found out that it did.

    And, if anything, it’s what made me a feminist. Well, that and my oh-so-often-mentioned-in-my-articles history teacher.

    It’s not indecent. There’s nothing there worthy of banning. We’re happy people with a mission in life – and Magda is an inspiration.

    Rock on, Mookychick, no matter what!

  • Vicky @ at 2:22 pm, October 20th, 2009

    I love Mookychick. Fantastic website containing many lessons that should be taught in school that aren’t.

    So how can it be banned? Ridiculous.

    My site suffers a similar fate sometimes… banned from iy at the day job (like Mooky only has the odd cuss relevent to the article)… and overlooked by affiliates because it has the word ‘anti’ in the title… when if they took the time to understand, they’d see it’s far from it, when everybody else finds the name a great hook.

    Keep living the dream everybody!

  • Summer @ at 5:29 pm, February 14th, 2010

    I found mookychick several years ago I think. Honestly it’s the best thing since sliced bread. It’s seen me through some trials and tribulations, and I’ve never found a site with articles that are so on the mark. Plus it’s british, which a big plus for me because I can relate to the attitude and tone of the articles. And understand the context. Not to be racist of course, but there are plenty of customs from other countries that seem like a great idea, only then to find that it is completely socially fail over here. Anyway, mookychick has been banned from my school too, along with looking up “cartoon elephant” on google. (yes, honestly.) and frankly it sucks. They also monitor everything we do on there, which has caused pretty much chaos- some poor people getting photos of naked men that they googled getting sent home to their parents.
    It is a load of crap.

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