Tagging, Not Censorship

(Reposted from Tumblr)

Confession:  I’m an intersectional feminist (probably lost a few followers with that).  What this means, in the simplest of terms, is that I recognize different women experience sexism differently because of things like race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, etc.

My intersectionality extends to how I approach asexual activism.  Not all asexuals are the same or have the same experience.  There are some sex-repulsed aces out there.  There are aces who have jobs that could potentially be threatened if they’re caught looking at some of these interviews.  They may come from or live in a more conservative place.

Those aces are just as welcome on this site as those who don’t have these experiences.  And they deserve to be safe and protected too.

If you’re crying censorship over tagging, what you’re saying is you assume your experience is universal and that is quite a dickish opinion to hold (not to mention a harmful one).  This isn’t PC culture run amok.  This is recognizing different people have different experiences and respecting that fact.

Tagging is a courtesy.  Tagging isn’t silencing anyone.  It’s being compassionate and the world would be a better place if there were more of it.

Let me be perfectly clear:  my obligation is to protect both the artists and followers of this site, which is a responsibility I take very seriously.

Artists:  Your work will never be censored or rejected.  You are free to express yourself in whatever way you want to.  You will not be judged.  You will always be welcomed and safe here.  I only ask that you follow the rules of the site (see the FAQ)

Followers:  You will also be protected.  I will strive to make this place as safe as it can possibly be for you.  To achieve that, I will start tagging things as follows –

Potentially Triggering/Potentially NSFW: means the images in the interview contain violence, gore, or sexually suggestive images

NSFW: the work contains nudity or other risque imagery, which could potentially be seen as objectionable to more conservative minds.

I’ll spend tonight going through the interviews on this site to add these new tags.  It may take me a couple days, but I promise you, it will be completed.  If I miss something, please send me a message to let me know.

Anyhow, I’ve got work to do.  Thank you, my dear artists and followers, for being the amazing and talented people you are 🙂

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