I wanted to make it clear where I personally stand on the whole Tumblr thing. I am very much an “each to their own” type of person. I make no judgments on what is and isn’t acceptable expression for mass consumption on any social media platform. I use Tumblr because I love Star Wars. It’s the same reason I use any social media platform. There are tools you can use to block content you don’t want to be exposed to so I feel this whole Tumblr issue has lost its focus. With Tumblr being a social media platform, you’d think they would have better precautions in place for stopping “explicit” content but apparently it’s just easier to outright flag entire blogs as inappropriate. This I feel, is a little heavy handed.
What about art and self expression? I don’t know. I guess it is just easier to paint everyone with the same brush than target a few blogs or communities.
I’ve also read some people in the Star Wars fandom were banned due to writing fanfiction that touched on abusive relationships and relationships between adults and minors. If this is true, I agree with Tumblr’s approach because those things are getting pretty close to criminal and illegal areas of what is and isn’t appropriate content. Self expression or not, that’s harmful and hurtful to many, not just minors.
I just wanted to clarify where I stand personally. Thank you.