Sex is Evil. Nudity is Worthy of Shame. Hallowed be Our Nonexistent Nipples.

Ever since Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden for having nipples (or something), sex and nudity have been evil. If you breastfeed in public, we’ll shame you. If you advertise your adult business, Google won’t host your marketing. If you put a Renaissance painting on your Facebook profile, it’ll be summarily wiped. I’m super proud that we’re more conservative than we were in the 14th century, truly, but don’t even think about managing your sex work online. We have laws for that, you know.

For a while, Tumblr was blazing ahead of the rest of the internet, but it’s finally banned everything from female nipples to cartoon penises. It’s effectively thrown away half its membership because sex and nudity are worthy of shame.

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Apple has been pushing businesses out of the App store for allowing NSFW content, which might be behind the Tumblr fiasco. Steve Jobs actively campaigned to clear the internet of the evilness of sexuality, and he was serious about it. “Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone,” he sagely said because he, like most of us, didn’t have nipples and never watched porn.

The Supreme Court might declare Apple an illegal monopoly over the App Store for its behaviour, but even if they lose, FOSTA will remain.

In other news, a horde of assholes is scraping social media to create 100 000-strong lists of sex workers so that they can drive them underground by, among other things, reporting them for tax evasion.

Sex is evil. Nudity is worthy of shame. Hallowed be our nonexistent nipples.

The cleaner the internet is wiped, the louder conservative ideas about sex become. And it matters, not only to those of us who benefit from sex-positive content today, but also those who will never get the chance to do so in the future. Sex and shame should never mix. We’ve spent centuries erasing destructive attitudes that leaked into everything from unethical psychiatric treatments to wrecked marriages. I’m under no illusion that we’ll devolve all the way back to the 18th century, but we will devolve nonetheless.

FOSTA was just the tip of the iceberg. It’s made the unofficial official, so it’s been divisive on a global scale. I’ve never felt as grateful for this site as I do right now. Beyond its fatal flaws, it’s one of the only sex-positive social networks on the web. Porn sites will never die, Steve, but they can’t replace the places where we speak about real sex with all its kinks and imperfections. Those conversations have changed my life irrevocably, and I hope they will change the next generation, too.

But they might never get the chance to do so on a wide scale.

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2 thoughts on “Sex is Evil. Nudity is Worthy of Shame. Hallowed be Our Nonexistent Nipples.

  1. It’s total bullshit right? These conservtives will happily point out, especially when they are Christian, that God gave us free will to do whatever, it’s our choice(also this is why heaven and hell if fair). Then they go out of their way to take that freedom away. And somehow that is morally acceptable in that picture of absolute free will as God given.
    The animosity towards sex positive content will to society a disservice.

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  2. Pingback: Sex is Evil. Nudity is Worthy of Shame. Hallowed be Our Nonexistent Nipples. — The Accidental Sub – Goddamn Media

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