Tumblr should not ban porn

What banning “adult content” will do, however, is eradicate one of the few mainstream, safe, and non-taboo places where people could participate in communities that openly congregate around sex and sexuality. Sex is great, and it’s no wonder that people like to consume sexual images—much of the internet is dedicated to this. Knowing that one could roll onto Tumblr, a very popular social media site, find a blog dedicated to whatever flavor of porn one likes, and look at images that turn one on, made the whole ordeal of seeking sexual imagery less daunting, demeaning, and dangerous.

Popular porn sites like Pornhub or YouPorn also have something for everyone, but that something is often accompanied by shady online ads and recommendations for porn that you may find insulting or troubling. (Porn about incest and rape abounds on those sites, for example.) And having one of those sites show up in your browsing history or an open tab could lead to uncomfortable conversations.

But individual Tumblrs that feature adult content generally feel like appreciation pages, because that’s what they are.