Twitch is a website where anyone can see graphically realistic depictions of gun violence and human vivisection with little or no effort, but images of the outside of the human body are still tightly controlled. Many streamers (read: people with breasts) have struggled to conform to Twitch’s historically vague guidelines regarding on-camera nudity and attire, which left much open to interpretation and generally resulted in disciplinary action under confusing, questionable circumstances.
In an effort to help clarify things, Twitch this week released an updated version of its guidelines for the regulation of the appearance of the human body, vis-à-vis boobs and butts:
“Our goal is to set standards that allow you to elevate your content and express yourself in a variety of ways, without exposing our global, diverse community to inappropriate content,” reads the website where you can see a woman get punched so hard that her face and brain fly off. “We aim to be transparent around our standards and expectations — both in general and specific contextual exceptions — to empower your creative expression and boost your confidence with a clear understanding of our guidelines.”
Under the new, more specific system, no one is allowed to be partially or fully nude, “including exposing genitals or buttocks.” This also prohibits the “visible outline of genitals, even when covered,” and all streamers “must cover the area extending from your hips to the bottom of your pelvis and buttocks.” If you present as a woman, your Nik-L-Nips must be covered at all times, and no amount of underboob is acceptable. You can, however, show as much cleavage as you’d like, provided that these requirements are otherwise fulfilled.
“For those areas of the body where coverage is required, the coverage must be fully opaque,” reads the website where you can see a nude woman beg for her life before being shot through the head with an arrow (but after being called the b-word). “Sheer or partially see-through clothing does not constitute coverage.”
There are some contextual exceptions to these rules. Swimsuits are fine so long as your nipples (lady ver.) and genitals (any) are still concealed, but full badonkadonk bindings are not required while wearing a swimsuit. Regardless, the streamer’s camerawork must still adhere to Twitch’s Sexual Content guidelines, which prohibit “camera focus on breasts, buttocks, or pelvic region, including poses that deliberately highlight these elements.” Camera focus on a man being eaten alive is, presumably, still fine.
Body painting continues to be allowed under the new regulations, and while full chest coverage is not required here, butts and related bits must be completely obfuscated. Nipples must remain hidden by “clothing or a paint & latex combination,” including “artist-grade pasties, tape, or similar alternatives,” but again, only if the owner of the nipples identifies as a woman. Nipple coverings must be applied prior to the stream, unless you identify as a man, in which case your vestigial nipples are free of all sexuality, thus making them suitable for viewing by the general public.
As was the case before this week’s rules clarification/expansion, I expect these guidelines to mostly apply to big-busted women targeted by roving bands anonymous men, crusading against the dreaded threat of “titty streamers” on their beloved website, which should only broadcast women being impaled on large hooks and rock-hard, sexless male nipples.