An Open Letter to American Express Company from Banned Writers #censorship #paypal #erotica

March 11, 2012

Dear Sirs,

We have as yet not received an answer from American Express Company, nor any acknowledgement of the letter we sent you and, in light of the response we have had from Doug Michelman, Head of Investor Relations at Visa, ( we would like to urge you to inform us as to whether or not American Express Company has put pressure on PayPal to refuse to process sales on certain types of legal, textual erotic fiction books.

Below is our original email to you.


Madeleine Morris
On behalf of the 75 undersigned members of

On Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 8:44 AM, Madeleine Morris <> wrote:

American Express Company
World Financial Center
200 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10285
United States

Attn: Kenneth I. Chenault
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Attn: Marina Norville
Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications

Attn: Judy Tenzer
Vice President, Department of Corporate Social Responsibility 

Dear Sirs,

On behalf of a coalition of authors, editors, and publishers, I am writing you to ask that you stand up and support the consumer’s right to purchase and read the fiction they choose.

We are certain that your company is not in the business of censoring cultural product, but that is, in fact, what occurred when PayPal decided that they would refuse to process payments for certain books. We understand and wholeheartedly support companies who refuse to be parties to the sale of illegal products, but these books are legal.

Moreover, the subject matters for which PayPal has refused to process sales appear in many, many classic and modern literary works.

Additionally, we would like to point out that the vast majority of books at issue are written by women for women. PayPal’s actions have had the result of significantly stifling women’s writings on female sexuality.

We understand that PayPal has referred to credit card companies as the impetus behind PayPal’s demand that these books be removed from internet retail outlets and its refusal to process these sales. Therefore, we would greatly appreciate your company’s clarification of its position on this issue, both to us and to PayPal.


Madeleine Morris
On Behalf of the undersigned members of
a coalition to stop the economic censorship of books

Adelaide Cooper
Alastair Anders
Alessia Brio
Alix Cameron
Anjesa Savitri
Aurelia T. Evans
Beth Wallace
Bianca Sommerland
Brandie Buckwine
Bunny’s Review
Carl East
Carolina Valdez
Cecilia Duvalle
Convenience Mallory Knox
Corinna Parr
D. L. King
Dianna Hardy
Eden Connor
Elizabeth Schechter
Erica Sloane
Esmeralda Greene
Evan J. Xavier
Gabriel Fitzpatrick
Gideon Jagged
Gillian Colbert
Giselle Renarde
Grim Desborough
I.G. Frederick
J.S. Wayne
Jacqueline Brocker
Janine Ashbless
Jasmine Dayne
Jayme Whitfeld
Jean-Luc Cheri
Jessica Freely
Kathryn Scannell
Kayelle Allen
Keziah Hill
Kristina Lloyd
Lacie Grayson
Lance Greencastle
Laura Antoniou
Leigh Jarrett
Madeleine Morris
Manick Govinda
Marlene Sexton
Marzio Ombra
Melissa Harlow
Michelle Merlin
Ms T. Garden
Narcisse Navarre
Nick Scipio
Nikki Magennis
Parker Ford
Pat Brown
Paul St. Pancras
Phoenix Wolf-Rayet
Poe Von Page
Raziel Moore
Robin Samson
Sable Jordan
Selena Kitt
Sessha Battousai
Sheri Hart
Vanessa Wu
Violet Williams
West Thornhill
Wyeth Bailey
Zoe Galeazzi