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Corporate monopolies now have a greater impact than national classifiers on what material the public can access.Apple, which dropped Tumblr from its App Store on 20 November, has had a “homogenizing and sanitizing effect on the internet”.The social networking and microblogging site Tumblr announced on Monday that from December 17 it will no longer host adult content on its platform.The Washington Post reported that the policy “removes one of the last major refuges for pornography on social media”. Over time, Tumblr has become a haven for fanfiction writers, artists, sex workers, kinksters and independent porn producers who have built subcultural community networks by sharing and discussing their user-generated content.Tumblr’s definition of what constitutes permissible adult content fails to recognise the value of this kind of work.It separates sex from politics, preserves a class-based distinction between art and pornography, and limits representations of female nudity to reproduction and health.Pornography became a pejorative term that served to preserve and maintain the status of art.Although Tumblr maintains its policy change was unrelated to its failure to effectively filter child pornography, the decision comes against the backdrop of the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), which was passed in the United States in April.
Historians have found that the modern regulatory category of “pornography” was invented at the same time, alongside the emergence of technologies (such as the printing press) that allowed for mass-distribution.
Tumblr has been a site for LGBTQ, kinky and geeky individuals to build spaces, networks and cultures, and for sex workers to share skills and referrals for safety.
From December 17 (coincidentally, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers), Tumblr will only permit nudity “related to political or newsworthy speech”.
This positioning reflects the historical development of obscenity law that has viewed representations of sex as devoid of merit unless they are redeemed by “serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value”.
In removing sex and nudity entirely from the platform, Tumblr’s new policy misses the fact that sexual subcultures are a crucial part of public life and contribute to critical social conversations and meaningful political alliances.