This browser is not compatible with VR headsets. Click here to make it work.
Pornfoxvr
Back to the listing

Tumblr’s Porn Ban – Affecting the Disaffected

by Beth Divine 21 Jan 2019

Revenge porn, paedophilia, hate crimes and bots disseminating hatred, bile or division: all will agree that these things are very bad and should have no place in a civilised society. Tumblr, in particular, for some reason has a wealth of posts celebrating the above issues, something that the powers that be, that is to say, those in charge of the site, have now decided to do something about.

Great, you might think, and it would be great if Tumblr had decided to delicately remove the unwanted, illegal or unsavoury elements whilst allowing users to continue to use the site to express themselves sexually, either by posting anecdotes or images about their personal tastes and preferences and/ or fetishes. Instead, Tumblr has decided on a blanket ban of all adult content, no matter whether it is legal, a bit of fun, or a serious life line for a youngster with alternative tastes.

So, the ban is not so great after all. The illegal activities – which absolutely should be removed and those users banned and/ or reported depending on the seriousness of their criminality – only make up a small part of Tumblr and are, in fact, even a relatively small part of sexual expression Tumblr.

Tumblr celebrates the differently sexual. While most porn is designed to please men, with a focus on penetrative sex (sometimes with some girl on girl action that is purely designed for men to enjoy, not for lesbians) with females depicted as submissive and docile, while men are active and forceful, Tumblr has, since 2014 garnered a healthy reputation as a place where video clips, texts and photographs of LGBT+ and non-penetrative sexual pleasures can be found for those whose tastes run in those directions.

This ban will remove this link to like-minded people for those who are already fragile, whether physically or mentally which could potentially lead to a rise in depression and mental health issues in the already marginalised community. Tumblr has been restored to the App Store on the basis of their ban. But they might want to consider the implications of their abandonment of an already fragile and unrepresented minority and reconsider: banning those posts which should be banned, but otherwise allowing legal sexual freedoms to flourish…