Now if that isn’t the perfect name for an alternative band, I don’t know what is!
And if a nipple is inverted, is it no longer "presenting"?
The buzz going around is that Tumblr, ( the six-letter word for porn in a crossword puzzle) is going to go “porn-free” ( singing…”porn free…..as free as the wind blows…….) much to the chagrin of the legions of chronic masturbators who are Tumblr's biggest fans. Here is their CEO to explain it to us all:
"A better, more positive Tumblr
Since its founding in 2007, Tumblr has always been a place for wide open, creative self-expression at the heart of community and culture. To borrow from our founder David Karp, we’re proud to have inspired a generation of artists, writers, creators, curators, and crusaders to redefine our culture and to help empower individuality.
Over the past several months, and inspired by our storied past, we’ve given serious thought to who we want to be to our community moving forward and have been hard at work laying the foundation for a better Tumblr. We’ve realized that in order to continue to fulfill our promise and place in culture, especially as it evolves, we must change. Some of that change began with fostering more constructive dialogue among our community members. Today, we’re taking another step by no longer allowing adult content, including explicit sexual content and nudity (with some exceptions).
Let’s first be unequivocal about something that should not be confused with today’s policy change: posting anything that is harmful to minors, including child pornography, is abhorrent and has no place in our community. We’ve always had and always will have a zero tolerance policy for this type of content. To this end, we continuously invest in the enforcement of this policy, including industry-standard machine monitoring, a growing team of human moderators, and user tools that make it easy to report abuse. We also closely partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Internet Watch Foundation, two invaluable organizations at the forefront of protecting our children from abuse, and through these partnerships we report violations of this policy to law enforcement authorities. We can never prevent all bad actors from attempting to abuse our platform, but we make it our highest priority to keep the community as safe as possible.
So what is changing?
Posts that contain adult content will no longer be allowed on Tumblr, and we’ve updated our Community Guidelines to reflect this policy change. We recognize Tumblr is also a place to speak freely about topics like art, sex positivity, your relationships, your sexuality, and your personal journey. We want to make sure that we continue to foster this type of diversity of expression in the community, so our new policy strives to strike a balance.
Why are we doing this?
It is our continued, humble aspiration that Tumblr be a safe place for creative expression, self-discovery, and a deep sense of community. As Tumblr continues to grow and evolve, and our understanding of our impact on our world becomes clearer, we have a responsibility to consider that impact across different age groups, demographics, cultures, and mindsets. We spent considerable time weighing the pros and cons of expression in the community that includes adult content. In doing so, it became clear that without this content we have the opportunity to create a place where more people feel comfortable expressing themselves.
Bottom line: There are no shortage of sites on the internet that feature adult content. We will leave it to them and focus our efforts on creating the most welcoming environment possible for our community.
So what’s next?
Starting December 17, 2018, we will begin enforcing this new policy. Community members with content that is no longer permitted on Tumblr will get a heads up from us in advance and steps they can take to appeal or preserve their content outside the community if they so choose. All changes won’t happen overnight as something of this complexity takes time.
Another thing, filtering this type of content versus say, a political protest with nudity or the statue of David, is not simple at scale. We’re relying on automated tools to identify adult content and humans to help train and keep our systems in check. We know there will be mistakes, but we’ve done our best to create and enforce a policy that acknowledges the breadth of expression we see in the community.
Most importantly, we’re going to be as transparent as possible with you about the decisions we’re making and resources available to you, including more detailed information, product enhancements, and more content moderators to interface directly with the community and content.
Like you, we love Tumblr and what it’s come to mean for millions of people around the world. Our actions are out of love and hope for our community. We won’t always get this right, especially in the beginning, but we are determined to make your experience a positive one.
Jeff D’Onofrio CEO
Well, doesn’t that make it all crystal clear? I went to check the updated “Community Guidelines” for further clarification. Here’s what it says:
What is "adult content?"
Adult content primarily includes photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content—including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations—that depicts sex acts.
( I’m sorry, but if I am the only one to find “female-presenting nipples” to be a hysterically funny phrase, then I don’t know what the world is coming to. What is interesting here is that it seems bare behinds are OK. And if so, why are they OK but nipples not? And if a behind is bare and OK, and an anus is visible, is that still OK? Anuses are also not mentioned as objectionable. For me this is great because I much prefer to look at a cute rosebud of a butthole than a nipple! But how arbitrary! Yet by this standard, an enormous amount of spanking content would technically be fine. You can even have a bare butt, but no genitals showing….so keep those kicking legs closed, folks, or wear a thong…...and make the situation seem disciplinary rather than sexual, and I guess it’s smooth sailing. Art/illustration is allowed............ unless it shows the sex act. So Rembrandt’s famous print drawing of a couple coupling would be a no-no. Which means…………….Rembrandt out, Realspankings.com in. Genius. )
A clear illustration of the sex act.
What is still permitted?
Examples of exceptions that are still permitted are exposed female-presenting nipples in connection with breastfeeding, birth or after-birth moments, and health-related situations, such as post-mastectomy or gender confirmation surgery. Written content such as erotica, nudity related to political or newsworthy speech, and nudity found in art, such as sculptures and illustrations, are also stuff that can be freely posted on Tumblr.
Now wasn’t that helpful? I love the breastfeeding exception. What if the lady is breastfeeding her husband…..in a diaper? LOL I’m a kinky guy and a case can be made that there are things I like and do that are sexual for me that no one else would see as sexual, and things that others think are sexual that I don’t find to be. Take my own Tumblr. So far I have not deleted my entire “Caption Hell” site….which features captioned kinky imagery with sarcastic critical commentary, and only deleted the images with nude people in them with their parts showing. And oddly enough, after deleting anything that technically violates Tumblr’s new rules, I still had over half of my original content intact. But I don’t really care if I eventually delete the entire thing. No one goes there anyway and I can just go back to making fun of bad captions here. Which brings me to a few points about this new direction for Tumblr:
1: Since I love irony, I love the irony of Tumblr wanting to disown the thing they are most known for. It reminds me of an old Kinison line: (paraphrased from memory) “I don’t get this whole ‘Rock against drugs’ thing! Somebody was high when they came up with this shit.‘Rock against drugs’ is like ‘Christians against Christ’!!!! Rock CREATED drugs!”
2:. In all honesty, regular kinky porn Tumblrs have gotten redundant to a point of frustration with everyone taking the same images from one another and adding very little of anything new to the mix. There have been so many times I’ve seen something I like and save it to a file only to find I already had it. So no loss there.
3: The porn imagery side of Tumblr has probably done more to killing any real and genuinely interesting interaction than Twitter, so perhaps its demise may prompt more participation on Blogger? There’s a Tumblr site out there I like going to where the owner actually regularly communicates with readers while posting images and interacting on advice and feedback, However, on the few occasions where I have tried to chime in on some things I thought I could help with, my input was limited to a set number of characters. For me this was the epitome of frustration as I had to edit out things I wanted to say in order to fit the main body of my message into the space allowed. So if you think about it, Tumblr’s very format did more to encourage a “here are some nudes. Hit ‘like’ if you enjoy them and ‘reblog if you love tits’-mentality" than anything else.
4: While I never like hearing about censorship, it is the choice of any carrier to set boundaries for their content. But going back to the guidelines themselves…...are they not in fact a quagmire of trying to precisely define the indefinable? Given the point behind “Caption Hell” for example, there could be a case made (if I felt even remotely inspired to do so…...which I’m not) that ALL of the nudity previously presented was in the context of socio-political criticism and therefore technically permitted. And conversely, some of the images remaining are clearly sexual to someone like me while in no way showing a nipple! ( Imagine that.) So what is porn? And what is erotica? And what is just plain weird fun for a kinkster? And just why are nipples so bad…..but only if female-presented? The male nipple develops at the same time during gestation and is essentially identical to a female nipple.
And lastly, 5: While I currently do use Tumblr as a prime source for imagery, there are PLENTY of other places out there for sourcing………..or I suppose masturbating if that is one’s thing. Also, keep in mind…...with something as desired and popular as porn, if one place shuts down, two more will probably open in their place. (it’s like a hydra…..only with penises.)
I will soon be following this up with a collection of my favorite super-hot (for me) images where both parties are ……..can you believe it?............fully clothed. And I will probably be writing more about this as things develop.......besides, it's too funny to ignore....or not spoof. I mean, wouldn’t it be brilliant if someone devoted an entire Tumblr to carefully-cropped close-ups of male nipples on hairless guys so that they were indistinguishable from female ones? just to fuck around with them?