Something must be happening on body-positive and sex-positive Instagram. In the past few weeks, I’ve been noticing a lot of people in my network – pole dancers, sex workers, sex educators, performers and so on – post about someone impersonating their accounts on Instagram or Facebook. Many of them argued that, if Instagram granted verification … More Does Instagram’s verification process discriminate against nudity?
Michaela Coel’s BBC x HBO hit series, I May Destroy You, sees the main character, Arabella, grapple with the aftermath of being raped. The show really resonated with me because, like Arabella, I’m a survivor and I talked about what happened to me on my social media. Here, I’d like to talk about my experience … More I May Destroy You Inspired Tips For Survivors Speaking Out On Social Media
My last Pride Month blog post is a Q&A with Poppy Scarlett, the founder of Self & More. Self & More is a woman owned sex toy start-up based in London that doesn’t categorise toys according to gender. I caught up with Poppy talking about the brand’s story, masturbation and sex toy tips just in … More Q&A With Sex Toy Boutique Self & More
Following the #BlackLivesMatter protests, Instagram have pledged to do better to promote diversity on their platform, making big promises for change. In doing so, they obliquely admitted algorithm bias exists on the platform (something they hadn’t done so far). Following my experience with anti-censorship campaign EveryBODYVisible and my research on online moderation, I’ve once again … More Instagram Quietly Admitted Algorithm Bias… But How Will They Fight It?
From people praising digital activism to others requesting silence, from black squares saying #BlackLivesMatter to street protests, all the way to brand debacles, the horrific death of George Floyd and its surrounding discourse on systemic racism have struck a chord with audiences across the world. We are at crisis point and, hopefully, this is a … More Navigating Complicity and Social Media During The #BlackLivesMatter Anti-Racism Protests
With the Coronavirus pandemic forcing a large portion of workers online, having a voice and being visible on the Internet is essential towards still being able to work. For people in the pole dance, fitness, modeling, art, sex education, sex work and adult industries however, being visible online isn’t always possible due to excessive censorship. … More Interview About Social Media Nudity With The Obscenity Lawyer
Because of Coronavirus, I haven’t seen my partner since 18 March. This is a challenging time for many couples, so I thought I’d write a post about digital intimacy in lockdown, sharing my personal experience of navigating this. This is by no means a ‘how to’ post: lockdown isn’t over, and I don’t know how … More Digital Intimacy In Lockdown
Life is on hold due to Coronavirus – and so is activism. In this very personal post, I talk about my experience as an activist and about how the campaigning front going quiet has been affecting me. Aaaand I’ll finally explain more about my involvement with the United Nations’ #GenerationEquality campaign to discuss small things … More What Happens To Activism During Coronavirus?
So in case you missed it, the Coronavirus has fucked us all over. From self-employed performers to small businesses like pole dance studios, to sex workers, the hospitality industry, and, frankly, everyone’s mental health, the virus is affecting everyone and it has shown us just how fragile our lives can be. It’s a time when … More Here’s What Pole Dancers, Performers and Sex Workers Are Doing During The Coronavirus Outbreak
The legend that is Rebecca Crow wants to take Instagram to court, and she’s launching a crowdfunding campaign to do so. Here’s what you need to know and how you can help. Rebecca’s Insta-Banned Campaign In her latest Insta-Banned campaign video, Rebecca – aka @katsandcrows and, now that IG deleted her 713k follower account for … More Rebecca Crow Is Taking Instagram To Court – And She Needs Your Help