A better, more positive Tumblr




Tumblr is a porn website.

It is a social media experience built on the backs of porn and sex work.

The reason tumblr got to be as big as it did in the 2007-2012 foundational period, was the porn. The reason it has the broad userbase it does today is because of the porn.

Tumblr was, and still is, famous for its porn.

Rumor has it that this ban is coming because Yahoo is losing money.
Do you know how much of a fucking moron you have to be, to lose money on a porn site?

Pretty. Goddamn. Stupid.

But whatever. If they want to turn tumblr into a children’s website, then they are welcome to. It’s their property. Let them continue to hemorrhage cash until the site burns to ash.

Just remember: this website was built on the backs sex workers.

Now, we’re being thrown off because somehow, some way, Yahoo is the only company on the entire internet that cannot sell sex.

We’ll bounce back. We always have.

We’ll also lose a lot of people to poverty and violence in the interim. We always have.

Adult content gets banned on the 17th.

Hypothetically, that’s just a ban on explicit sex.

Practically, that’s a ban on blogs such as mine, which include sex ed content.

It’s going to, inevitably, be a ban on any sexual content, including but not limited to sexuality. That’s how this story always, inevitably, goes. And tumblr has already proven it cannot separate “queer” from “sex” a great many times.

I’ll be leaving, whether by choice or by ban.

I am zenolalia on dreamwidth, and xenolalia on pillowfort.

Until then, I suppose, let’s all party like it’s not the fucking 17th.

I think this post has a few misconceptions. 

While it is overall true things like “Yahoo is the only company on the entire internet that cannot sell sex.” are a fundamentally flawed mindset.

Ad companies (especially the ones that spend lots of money) require safeguards that their ads won’t be presented beside content then don’t want. This is why you saw Youtube loose millions in advertising revenue because companies started pulling ads due to their ads being placed over things they don’t want their company associated with.

But let’s get into the real reason Tumblr is banning porn. Apple. Being pulled from the app store in this day and age is similar to your website being blacklisted from Google. That can destroy your company. I have seen websites with massive traffic go belly-up within months due to being banned from Google.

“But they can just age gate it”. Yes and no. Them being pulled from the app store revealed a big issue no one wants to talk about. Technology to catch CP being uploaded is not close to perfect. Not even a little bit.

FB. IG. Youtube etc. People getting upset that you get booted for almost any nudity in posts is a result of methods to stop CP from going up. Right now in tech to keep ppl safe from it you have to be heavy-handed, but that also means your user base gets pissed off at you. If you are not heavy handed things slip through the cracks.

I don’t know what the future of Tumblr is. It is extremely shitty for sex workers on here that use Tumblr to promote their content.

As a developer, honestly, I don’t know the solution to fix allowing porn while making sure nothing bad ends up on the site.

Tumblr has 400 employees. I feel like people don’t realize this. For comparison? 

Facebook has 30,000.

You are trying your best to be respectful. I will return the favor. However, I think you and I are going to be coming to some different and irreconcilable conclusions.

First, I want to establish something. I am a “tech professional,” too. I’m aware on an expert level of the issues tumblr has with under staffing.

I’m also aware of the issues it has with security, content ID, abuse management, filtering, hosting, traffic management, etc.

Tumblr has 400 employees by choice. Tumblr overworks those employees by choice.

If the upper management were willing to create a less toxic work environment, and to engage in anything even vaguely resembling best practices for applying site-wide backend and UI updates, then the individual employee would be able to better handle their demands. Further, they can and more importantly should be hiring about triple the staff they currently have, even in that ideal system. In the current one, I would wager something closer to 4-5,000 is necessary to deal with all the self-inflicted issues.

But to create such an ideal 1,000 employee, functioning system would require competent management, which tumblr lacks. As evidenced, in fact, by this recent policy decision.

Tumblr’s staff create their own problems. The recent child pornography issue, for example, is something that has been well known for years. I’ve filed multiple reports with tumblr and with the FBI over it myself. However, the upper management refused to adequately sort and prioritize reports.

By slamming “fictional character” reports, “self harm” reports, “illegal activity” reports, “terrorism” reports, “spam” reports, and “abuse of children” reports into the same fucking stream, they created in inescapable backlog that ultimately puts high priority reports below low priority ones.

This led them to adopt hugely ineffective, fucked up attempts at automation. Ones that are so notoriously terrible that they only ban the stuff that isn’t trying to hide- which is to say, the stuff that is ALLOWED to be here.

They did that to themselves. And they are being reasonably punished for it by being blacklisted until they solve the problem.

They are not solving the problem.

They are making vague efforts that sound pretty alright to people who don’t know a single thing about operating a large scale service platform with ad revenue aspects. Which is impressively foolish, given that Apple, whom they are trying to appease, knows full well about running a large scale service platform with advertising revenue aspects. They may fool their user base, but tumblr isn’t going to fool apple with this little stunt.

That’s how we know that this is not where the content removal ends.

Tumblr also insists on being as unclear as possible in its terms of service. Ignoring the fac thtat that’s bad fucking practice too, the sloppy bastards, let’s look at how that apparently intentional vagueness interacts with their shit-upon-shit excuse for content ID, report management and filtration. 

Because of that vagueness, the automated system they are trying- poorly- to rely upon for content ID creates a second entirely separate backlog of user complaints and appeals due to improper banning.

This is another completely unnecessary problem tumblr has created for itself, that also has to be handled, by an over-extended staff.

Just another way tumblr created its own problems and is suffering for it.

Given the “solution” they’ve crafted for the first problem, the thematically similar solution for the second will, inevitably, be bans without appeal. We’ll come back to this.

Combined with their, again, extremely faulty automated system, that’s a recipe for a dramatic loss in user base.

Itself a recipe for a dramatic loss in revenue.

Rather than hiring more staff, engaging in halfway decent management and tech practices, and actually making some fucking profit, Tumblr seems absolutely deadset on making the website meet the capacity of the 400 heavily exploited workers.

And that means reducing its traffic, reports, and general workload by about 85%.

Given that they’ve created another system that, inevitably, will lead to more work not less, and still show no indications of increased hiring or improved management, the only way to achieve those cuts is by cutting the user base.

Remember the bans without appeal I mentioned? What an eerily efficient way to cut their user base.

That’s where, inevitably, this style of management leads.

But, allow me to set aside the labor and technical aspects of this decision, and return to the thesis of my original post.

Tumblr was built by sex work.

The foundation of this website, the system which allowed it to flourish, the “user generated content” that it sold, became famed for, and baked into the genetics of the site, is sex work.

It’s not just “shitty” to throw us out now. It’s not even just exploitative.

It’s fucking suicidal.

Even without all of the other issues, which I hope I have at least presented coherently above, the fact of the matter is that tumblr is a porn site.

It may well be the classiest and most social porn site on the internet, but that’s what it is. To make a dramatic change in policy like this, without actually doing anything to ease the transition is bad business, bad service, and just plain bad.

A better, more positive Tumblr

What It’s Like to Have a Hypnosis Fetish





Great personal story and some really cool illustrations.

Please give this article a read for a frank and relatable account of hypnofetishism that I know is really familiar to many of us. It’s by an incomparable friend (look, I get to be friends with amazing people!) and it would be super cool to support them and give this article a billion hits so more stories like ours can be shared and appreciated.

Relatable 👍

Love the pictures! 💞

i love this so much

“hypnosis has been called the chocolate sauce of the kink world; you can add it to anything, and it will make it better” is an amazing quote and i 100% agree

please read this!


This is so good, and so much of it is so familiar. <3

What It’s Like to Have a Hypnosis Fetish

The Police Officer Who Killed Laquan McDonald Was Found Guilty Of Murder




Jason Van Dyke, the white Chicago police officer who shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times and killed him, has been found guilty of second-degree murder.

The jury deliberated for about 6.5 hours.

Van Dyke is the first Chicago police officer in over three decades to be charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty fatality, according to the Chicago Tribune. The officer had pled not guilty to the first-degree murder charges, one charge of official misconduct, and 16 counts of aggravated battery.


bless that jury! hope this sends a message to all those racist pigs 🐽

The Police Officer Who Killed Laquan McDonald Was Found Guilty Of Murder





A few people don’t like the idea of paying monthly for patreon so I started a ko-fi page to fund my trip to Charmed, Baltimore 2019! 

So, for those of you who don’t know I live in New Zealand which means travelling to cons is expensive. However, I have put in for a couple of classes which (fingers crossed if approved) I would love to be able to teach. The cons also give me an opportunity to meet a lot of you who are also going and of course to meet hypno-kinksters abroad. We don’t have a hypno scene in New Zealand just yet… (Don’t worry, we are working on it.)

Long story short. If you like my videos and want to help me get to Charmed that would be a HUGE help! I have just signed up to get my certifications in hypnosis and NLP and this is not just my kink but my passion and my life. I would love to meet you all and every little piece helps. 

If you would rather get cool perks for your support like videos, and secret audio files you won’t find anywhere else check out my PATREON page. 

Thank you all,

XOXO The Secret Subject

Reblogging to help a phenomenonal hypnotist get to a con

Thank you!💜💜💜


Lemma the Librarian Volume Six: The Inner Sea, an Ebook by Midori Konton

New Lemma ebook!


  • “The Contractually Obligatory Anachronistic Beach Episode”: Exactly what it says on the tin. Okay, also there are fairies.
  • “The Di-Lemma Dilemma”: A former Patreon exclusive! Lemma and co. travel to Iason’s home town, and face Lemma’s most insidious foe: herself!
  • “Possession with Intent”: Deserts, pyramids, and sexy ghosts.

Check it out today!

Lemma the Librarian Volume Six: The Inner Sea, an Ebook by Midori Konton

Lemma the Librarian Volume Five: Out to Sea, an Ebook by Midori Konton

New Lemma ebook! This contains two stories previously seen here and on MCStories.com, plus a previous Patreon exclusive!

  • Op-arrrr-ant Conditioning: Lemma leaves the Tin Islands at last, only to fall into the clutches of a pirate who plans to sell her into slavery! Sex slavery, of course, and that means she’ll need some training first…
  • Hard Truths: Shipwrecked and alone, Lemma must deal with a dragon–which would be hard enough, but she can’t help but believe every word he says!
  • Afterechoes: Lemma gets a tune stuck in her head. A very, very catchy tune, a tune that demands to be danced to…

Check it out today!

(Reblogs appreciated!)

Lemma the Librarian Volume Five: Out to Sea, an Ebook by Midori Konton

Lemma the Librarian Volume Four: Returns and Revelations, an Ebook by Midori Konton

New Lemma ebook!


  • “The Witch and the Warlock,” in which Lemma faces a handsome witch, a cute (but annoyingly busty) warlock, and a dangerously sexy succubus–all at once!
  • “Diminishing Returns,” in which Lemma finds herself back where she started and up against an old enemy.
  • “The Choosing One,” in which Lemma faces her most powerful, dangerous–and irresistible–foe yet.
  • And the previously Patreon-exclusive “Iola Special: The Fall of Brinksmoor,” a sexy side story of betrayal and creeping corruption, starring everyone’s favorite Sea People warrior woman!

Get your copy today!

Lemma the Librarian Volume Four: Returns and Revelations, an Ebook by Midori Konton