Does Instagram’s verification process discriminate against nudity?

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?

Growing My Blog: 5 Things I Would Now Do Differently

Lockdown has given a lot of us a kick in the butt, together with a bit of a ‘yolo’ perspective on things we want to start or to improve. In my network, a lot of that has involved people starting, rebranding or retargeting a blog – and that has made me reflect on my past … More Growing My Blog: 5 Things I Would Now Do Differently

I May Destroy You Inspired Tips For Survivors Speaking Out On Social Media

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

Navigating Complicity and Social Media During The #BlackLivesMatter Anti-Racism Protests

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

Interview About Social Media Nudity With The Obscenity Lawyer

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

What Happens To Activism During Coronavirus?

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?

A Pole Dancing Academic’s Experience With TikTok

Ok people, I caved in and went on TikTok. Why? Well, first of all because I wanted to corrupt the youth and bring them to the dark side. Secondly, because I was genuinely interested in how the platform dealt with and moderated pole dancing content. Is it different from Instagram? Does it like butts? Read … More A Pole Dancing Academic’s Experience With TikTok

Algwhoreithms: Why Social Media Censor Women Over Hate Speech

It’s been an eventful week in cyber sexy land – she says, on Wednesday night. I was interviewed by the BBC’s amazing “unofficial porn expert” Thomas Fabbri for an article on Instagram censorship and quoted in The Next Web‘s piece together with indie porn director Erika Lust. Salty World leaked Facebook’s community guidelines for nudity … More Algwhoreithms: Why Social Media Censor Women Over Hate Speech

Instagram Denies Censorship of Pole Dancers and Sex Workers

Early this week I emailed Instagram to clarify the reasons behind the shadowban and censorship of pole dancers. Instagram has now come back to me, denying they are censoring pole dancers or sex workers. This post is about what they told me. If you want to read about what this means for social media for pole … More Instagram Denies Censorship of Pole Dancers and Sex Workers