And I wonder, are we directing erotica in a way that will hurt us further down the line?
For centuries, new ways to communicate were spearheaded by porn. The first photograph, the first movies, the first videotapes, the list goes on. Porn was the deciding factor in at least two format wars.
Then an abrupt halt came when both Apple and Google banned explicit apps. For the first time in history, porn did not lead the way. It didn't even begin the journey.
But of course, porn finds a way. Either by piggybacking apps like tumblr with somewhat loose guidelines.. or DIY. Now, sexting and suchlike is nothing new, but how much of it has been exacerbated by lack of another option on the platform? How much would not have happened had there been alternatives?
Are we driving erotica underground out of old-school shame mixed with millennial community standards?
Now, I admit that yes, I can find porn at the click of a button. But that's because desktops and browsers still haven't been eclipsed entirely by mobiles and apps. How will that be affected the more they're separated.
I'm not blaming facebook or playboy or apple here, all of these are businesses, and they're following the paths that let them make money. I'm definitely not joining the moonbats who think facebook should be a public utility or anything.
But our own internet laws are clumsy at best and counterproductive at worst. No help from the government level there.
Social activism has done little. No matter how many celebrities have flashed their tits on instagram, those nipples still aren't free.
And of course I can't have a post like this without harping on America's inability to separate eroticism, sensuality, sex, and nudity, instead seeing them as one big gagglefuck to be kicked into the NSFW ghetto.
How long are we going to be able to talk of such things on a platform where we can't show them?