Read more: Explainer: what does it mean to be 'cisgender'? Stefanie Duguay does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Tumblr has provided a safe space for this through many of its key features e. Stefanie Duguay , Concordia University. Commercial platforms shape culture Strict content moderation policies tend to have negative outcomes for already marginalized users. It seems that with this new change, youth who want to encounter sexual content will need to relocate.
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This media allows them to knit together non-mainstream identities and survive in a world where heterosexuality is ubiquitously portrayed across social media and broadcast outlets.
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Katrin Tiidenberg, a researcher who has studied self-expression on Tumblr, conjectures that this change may have more to do with advertising sales than protecting users. Since LGBTQ identities have often been stigmatized, the internet has been pivotal in helping those with diverse gender and sexual identities learn about themselves and find each other. Much of the sexualized content circulated among LGBTQ Tumblr users make available depictions of sexuality that are frequently rendered invisible or marginalized.