The RWA board has, in its infinite wisdom, decided that the national organization and its chapters must adhere to a new, bizarre set of rules regarding linking to objectional sites. We say bizarre because it’s pretty clear the Board has never once, in their entire lives, taken a gander at the average romance novel cover. If so, they’d realize they have just eliminated 99.9% of all covers.
The RWA says this would constitute the following:
With respect to all RWA programs and services, the following shall not be depicted or represented: exposed male and female genitalia, exposed female nipples, cunnilingus and fellatio, hands or mouth covering naked female breasts, naked or g-string-clad buttocks, and beastiality. The following words: cock, cocksucker, cunt, fuck, motherfucker, shit, and tit, will not be displayed.
And their President goes on to say:
". . .if we wish to retain our charter with RWA, we will no longer be able to show jacket covers that don’t meet the standard and we can’t even link to the websites of those authors who might show their own covers, have excerpts that include certain language, or lead to the publisher’s website.”
When they say "author's showing their own covers," they might mean these two in particular:
And why are those the ones I picked? Well, the author, Linda Howard, is on RWA's Board of Directors and I see some pretty clear cut violations...and the covers aren't appropriate, either. (Thanks, thanks, I'll be in the Bali Lounge all week...)
Personally, I don't think their ban goes far enough. Here are some other book covers by board members that should be seriously evaluated:
A clear and concise violation of the "No 80s Hair" rule first instituted by RWA in 2000. This rule also applies to author's themselves, specifically board members.
The presumption of vigorous dry humping is quite clear here. The man is naked. The woman is wearing a flowing dress and is nowhere near undressed. And Ms. Wilson is the President-elect of RWA! I am aghast!
Not a lot of people know about this, but losing an eye is incredibly painful. Even more painful, and more difficult to talk about, is how many women get sucked up into the sordid fetish world of Men With Eye Patches. This book cover glamorizes this fetish and I, for one, won't stand for it, President Wilson.