I hope the new year is treating you all well. Today I have a few things I’d like to share with you.
It seems that YouTube is trying to force me into the shadows, demonetizing my entire account under the guise of ‘content created for the purpose of sexual gratification’.
I’m generally not one to speak on the negative but I feel attention needs to be drawn to this issue not only because of the ongoing ’shadow-censorship’ rapidly spreading across the social media platforms but in addition, the manner in which it was handled.
YouTube gave me no notice of this action – no notification, no email, no explanation, nothing and no way to appeal it.
Under research, I discovered that many other YouTube creators are dealing with similar issues.
This accusation and action toward my content deeply saddens and concerns me. (This response has nothing to do with finances. I make pennies each month with my YouTube account.) Since I was not notified nor given any reasoning, I can unfortunately only assume my content is being demonized due to the fact that my content is primarily based around pole dance.
YouTube claims they delete explicit content meant to be sexually gratifying yet none of my content has been targeted nor have I ever received any copyright or community guideline strikes. Moreover, YouTube has systems in place to deal with, for lack of a better term, ‘questionable’ content. Individual videos can be removed, be classified as ‘adult content’ (which requires the viewer to be 18 or older), etc.
ALL of my content has been blanketed under the film of ‘for the purpose of sexual gratification’. This includes my tutorials, vlogs, stretching videos, heck even vacation videos with my children and family.
My content is NOT created for the purpose of sexual gratification as you all know. My content is created with art, fitness, wellbeing and body positive messaging at its core.
I’ve sent an email to YouTube regarding my concerns and citing a few of my analytics that are clearly in opposition to their claim:
My viewers are primarily women (approximately 80% of you that view my content are ladies 🎉💪), I’m in good standing with compliance of YouTube’s community guidelines with no copyright strikes or community guideline strikes, and my community is clearly not engaged on any sort of sexual, lewd or inappropriate behavior (thank you all for your amazing, supportive comments and appreciation for my art) as anyone can clearly deduct from reading your comments and in addition, my responses.
I do not believe my content should be demonized simply because I primarily use a vertical pole to express myself and create.
Pole has an exceptionally vast practitioner and spectator base. The International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) is a global organization that has been recognized as an Observer Member by the Global Association of International Sports Federation (GAISF). There are annual World Pole Championships, competitions, studios, performers/performances, teachers, students, practitioners, and lovers of the art across the globe – pole dance is a sport, an art, and a style of dance that different people practice and view for a variety of intentions.
Pole is being taught to men, women and children around the world. The pole dance community is a wonderfully supportive community and includes individuals of all nationalities, religious beliefs and backgrounds as we are a melting pot driven toward betterment and inclusiveness. Anyone can practice the sport or dance and you will see the underlying sentiment ‘it’s not about what our bodies look like but what they can do’ echoed throughout the community from pole’s practitioners.
THIS is what I promote. Inclusiveness. Positive body image. Growth. Mental and physical wellbeing. Love. Kindness. Intelligence. Mindfulness.
I am an artist. A creator. An entrepreneur. A fitness brand ambassador. A woman. A pole dancer. An aerialist. A wife. A mother. I create my YouTube content to inspire, educate, connect with others and to share my brand and my love for the aerial arts. I am NOT on YouTube creating content with the intent or purpose of sexual gratification.
I feel that my account has been inaccurately or unfairly restricted and should be remonetized.
Since I was not notified nor contacted by anyone at YouTube regarding the decision to demonetize my account, I have no contact to reach out to in attempt to help solve this issue. In addition, there is no way to contact anyone at YouTube via the platform either. Thus, I’ve reached out to YouTube via an email address a fellow YouTuber (going through a similar experience) provided and am awaiting a response. Hopefully I can get in touch with someone from the YouTube team soon to help resolve this issue and discuss the discrimination of my account.
In the mean time, I found this video an appropriate artistic and metaphorical representation of this continual struggle we face as artists, as women, and as humans in our modern climate.
I don’t know what the future holds but I thank you all for being here, for your support and for your understanding and shared love for aerial artistry.
I’ll keep you updated and yes, I will continue to post. 💃✨
In addition, I’d like to announce that this will be my last month on Patreon.
As difficult of a decision it has been, my business has grown quite a bit this past year and it’s time for me to evolve, to make transformations, to flow freely and focus all my energy into new endeavors… to take that next step… 🦋
Does this mean I’m quitting pole dancing? Absolutely not! In fact, I hope to have more time to pole. 🙂
I will continue to post through this month on Patreon and my content will remain up for as long as those subscribed would like continued access.
I want to thank each and every one of you who’ve supported me through Patreon – I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed getting to know you all better. Thank you for your support and know it’s been a great pleasure dancing and creating for you.
More soon & much love…
Update: Hopefully someone at YT support will see my message as I’ve already received an auto reply to my email stating ‘you’ve reached out to an email address that is not supported.’ Le-sigh. 🤷
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