“I think Tumblr’s user base is part of why artier porn seemed to do well there,” says Alptraum. “But I think there’s also an inverse relation: porn thrived on Tumblr because it was a safe space for women to consume porn. Going to Tumblr doesn’t have the ’21 Indy Pocket Shirt it is in the first place but same stigma as logging onto Pornhub or subscribing to a porn site, and being able to get a quick hit of naughtiness on your dashboard amidst the rest of your regular Tumblr content can feel like a fun (and relatively innocent) way to integrate the smut you want into the rest of your life.”
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