03 Dec My Goodbye Letter to Tumblr
The rage I’m feeling today will be tempered by having to watch the long, slow exsanguination of this once beloved platform.
As lots of you surely already know by know, Tumblr has decided to obliterate adult content and blogs on December 17, 2018. This is particularly bad timing on their part, as December 17th has been globally recognized as the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers for over a decade now, and it is no secret that lots of sex workers use Tumblr to promote their art, photos, and personal websites/writing. I personally do all of those things.
But my tumblr, along with many others like it, will be removed in a few short days.
Rather than rant and rail about Tumblr’s bad timing and poor decision-making capacities, I wanted to take today and this post to tell everyone how grateful I am for everything I’ve encountered there. This is the letter posted to Tumblr earlier today:
So long, and thanks for all the fish.
As everyone has no doubt heard, many (most) of our content/blogs will be obliterated on December 17th (coincidentally the International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers). Before I go, I want to tell all of you that it has been so entertaining and expanding to have been part of this world with you. I have learned about daddy/son play, pumping, body modification, scrotal stretching, masturbation, and so so many shades of sexuality and egagement from the bold and colorful users on this platform. There is no sexual education like the one I have received over the years on Tumblr. I am grateful beyond measure.
To those of you who shared your own bodies, penises, masturbations, and more: You are so valuable and so important. Tumblr’s transformation into a platform for school children and Christian Missionaries does not diminish your worth. You are incredible.
To the people about whom I’ve been fortunate enough to write: you have been what made my blog worth reading. You are all miracles. I am blessed and bettered to have engaged with you and your image for these many years; I will remain in awe.
I hope we might all meet again in another place. But it won’t ever be what this was once.
To all of you: thank you.
I am disheartened in the extreme today. This is not just ‘oh no, they took away my porn.’ This is the removal and silencing of gay and queer voices, of sex workers’ voices, and of adult artists and content creators who use Tumblr to earn a totally valid living doing something they love.
The sense of community and the potential for normalizing sexual things (so that kids like me could feel less alone, less weird, and more desirable, or so that grown men could find others who shared their loves or their fetishes), was so profound on Tumblr. And now I don’t know what happens to all those things. We go back to seeing sex as orchestrated by mainstream porn companies. We lose a place to share private parts of ourselves. And we lose a place to discover new art.
Sad times. I am sorry for what will happen to so many posts on this blog that featured so many special things and people from Tumblr. I hope I can find a way to keep things fresh here without those individuals.
For what it’s worth, my letter has already been flagged for removal on Tumblr.