I don't know how many of you out there have Flickr accounts but I came across something while going through some of the discussions on a Female Artists' group I belong to on the site. The topic was this group: Female Hanging: Fetish Hanging and Execution of Women and Girls! Very obviously, the link is not safe for work. A member of the group sent a message to one of the female artists stating that he'd like to strangle her while fucking her and then when he was finished, he'd snap her neck. Only his rendition was far more graphic. Very obviously, the message was out of line and he's been reported. My question is this: Is this really a fetish or is this something that's just crossed the line? I understand that there are people out there who might find this to be a fetish, but at what point do you draw the boundary? This group on Flickr is public, so any 13 year old can find it with a simple search. The photos are visible to non-group members so the 13 year old who found the group could easily see those photos of women hanging, laying in pools of blood, etc. They can also join the group with one click of the mouse. Flickr is pretty weird about their filtering. Friends of mine are marked as "Adult Oriented" because they have occasional artistic nudes. They filter those for friends/family only so those photos don't show up in searches. However, the photos of everyday stuff, like a cat with a cheeseburger, also get filtered so they appear as a snowy-whitenoise-box until I click the link indicating that yes, I am sure I want to view this photo of the cat and the cheeseburger. NONE of those hanging photos are snowed. Many aren't filtered for friends/family. (Group-added photos will always show up in the group pool, regardless of filter.) Am I being overly puritanical here? I'm disturbed by this group. I'm disturbed at the blatant misogyny. I'm disturbed at the ease of finding the images. I'm disturbed that there are so many members in this group. It makes me feel.... I don't know, less safe or something. (It sounds odd, even to me. But that's the best way I can think of to put it.) Thoughts? Comments?