Editor's note

The social networking site Tumblr announced on Monday that it will no longer host adult content on its platform. The news prompted swift backlash from the community of fanfiction writers, artists, sex workers, kinksters and independent porn producers who use the site to share and discuss their work.

Zahra Zsuzsanna Stardust explains why the sexual subcultures created by these communities are a crucial part of public life – and why it’s a problem that big tech companies have become modern arbiters of taste, with more influence than national classifiers on what kind of content is permissible in the public sphere.

Shelley Hepworth

Section Editor: Technology

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Private corporations have now become the arbiters of community standards, making decisions about what content is permissible to circulate.

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Zahra Zsuzsanna Stardust, UNSW

Sexual subcultures create space for critical social conversations and the formation of meaningful political alliances.

Men also experience postnatal mental health and adjustment issues. from shutterstock.com

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Richard Fletcher, University of Newcastle; Jacqui Macdonald, Deakin University; Louise Newman, University of Melbourne

Having a stressed and depressed father can have serious implications for infants and relationships. And supporting a father who may be experiencing mental ill health means supporting the mother too.


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John Charles Ryan, University of New England

Beginning on Saturday, West Australia's short, intense abalone season will be open for a total of four hours.

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