Author: Open Atheism

I ache for Arkansas public school students…

thewebernutter:

theoutatheist:

Posters have been put up, framed signs, “In God we trust”

Now public school students who are atheists, agnostics, humanists, Buddhists, freethinkers, irreligious, pagans, wicca, and so many others are told they are not apart of the “we” of their school.

Students are being told that they are not welcome in their public school. 

Even if you ignore the blatant attack on the freedom of thought and freedom of religion,

how can you ignore the exclusion of students? The state wide marginalization of children. 

School is about preparing our children for their futures, how can we expect them to learn and develop in a setting that we are telling them they aren’t welcome in? 

This is simply sad.

Op thinks that public school kids pay attention to the posters on the walls like hun we’re all out here trying to get through the mosh pit before the second bell rings we ain’t got time for things like being aware of our surroundings

Op was a public school student within the last 5 years.

Op knows exactly what public schools are like, and yeah, we do pay attention to shit on the walls 👏👏👍

Are you a cis girl?

Are you a cis girl?

Good question! Please let me know 😂😂😂

Uhm, on a real note, I am a female who is extremely masculine presenting and currently unsure.

I am still trying to understand gender, and understand myself, and I haven’t quite figured it out yet.

Updates to Tumblr’s Community Guidelines

support:

Today we announced some big updates to our Community Guidelines and what kind of content is permitted on Tumblr. Adult content will no longer be allowed here. While we do not judge anyone for their desire to post, engage with, or view this stuff, it is time for us to change our relationship with it.

We expect you may have some questions on how this will affect you, and we’re here to make sure those questions get answered.

When does the new policy take effect?

Our new Community Guidelines will go into effect on December 17, 2018.

Newly uploaded content flagged as adult will no longer be allowed on Tumblr. We’ll also begin flagging and removing existing adult content with the ultimate goal of removing as much of it as we can.

What is considered adult content?

Adult content primarily includes photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content—including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations—that depicts sex acts.

What is still permitted?

Examples of exceptions that are still permitted are exposed female-presenting nipples in connection with breastfeeding, birth or after-birth moments, and health-related situations, such as post-mastectomy or gender confirmation surgery. Written content such as erotica, nudity related to political or newsworthy speech, and nudity found in art, such as sculptures and illustrations, are also stuff that can be freely posted on Tumblr.

What about Safe Mode?

Our new policy negates the need for Safe Mode so this feature will no longer exist. These new policies are the same regardless of your age. Read more here.

My content was flagged, but I don’t think it should be. What should I do?

If you feel that we have categorized your post incorrectly, you can appeal this decision with the form that was sent to you via email or use the button on the post in question. Please note that this process is only possible to complete on the web or with Tumblr app version 12.2 or higher.

Read more about how to review your content and appeal here.

What goes into classifying content as adult?

This work requires a mix of machine-learning classification and human moderation by our Trust & Safety team—the group of individuals who help moderate Tumblr. We’ve been expanding the team to handle the increased workload, and we will continue to expand as needed.

Computers are better than humans at scaling process—and we need them for that—but they’re not as good at making nuanced, contextual decisions. This is an evolving process for all of us, and we’re committed to getting this right. That’s why when you appeal a post we’ve marked as adult, it gets sent to a real, live human who will look it over with their real, live human eye(s).

Will I see any adult content on Tumblr after December 17, 2018?

Due to the technical challenges that come with moderation at scale you may continue to see some adult content. This is true for all types of content that might be in violation of our guidelines. At any given moment, millions of people are posting to Tumblr. To review everything and to get it right is complex, but we’re committed to continuously improving.

As always, if you see a post with adult content that you don’t want to see, you can report it directly to our Trust & Safety team. Learn about how to report content here.

What will happen to my adult content already on Tumblr?

Starting today, we will begin sending out email notices to members of the Tumblr community whose content has been flagged as adult. This email will provide a link to the post(s) in question and a form to appeal our decision if you think we have made a mistake. Starting on December 17, 2018, any post(s) that have been flagged will be reverted to a private setting viewable only by you. If you want to learn more about how to see those posts, please visit our Help Center.

As always, please make sure the email associated with your Tumblr account is one you use regularly. It’s how we get in touch when we need you!

You can also download the contents of your blog(s) before these policy changes take effect. Find out how here.

What if my blog (not to be confused with posts) was marked as “explicit” before December 17, 2018?

Blogs that have been either self-flagged or flagged by us as “explicit” per our old policy and before December 17, 2018 will still be overlaid with a content filter when viewing these blogs directly. While some of the content on these blogs may now be in violation of our policies and will be actioned accordingly, the blog owners may choose to post content that is within our policies in the future, so we’d like to provide that option. Users under 18 will still not be allowed to click through to see the content of these blogs. The avatars and headers for these blogs will also be reverted to the default settings.

You can check and see if your blog is marked as explicit per our old policy in your visibility settings. If you think your blog has been erroneously marked as explicit, please send an appeal here.

Will I get kicked off of Tumblr if I’ve uploaded adult content in the past?

We’re removing content, not people. However, those who repeatedly and deliberately post new content that violates our updated guidelines may have their account deactivated per our Terms of Service. If you feel you’ve been incorrectly suspended, you can appeal here.

What if I reblogged adult content?

The original poster of the content will be notified of its removal, and it will no longer be on your blog.

What if I have more “What if” questions?

We got you. You can review our updated Community Guidelines right over here. If you still haven’t found an answer to your question, you can ask our support team.

<3 Tumblr

I have some questions about the new guidelines- specifically the use of the phrase “feminine-presenting nipples”

At what point is someones chest too feminine to be acceptable?

Why are “male-presenting nipples” acceptable? Are they not considered nudity as well?

If a transman posts a picture of his chest without/before chest surgery are his nipples not allowed?

If a transwoman post a picture of her nipples is that considered nudity because she is a woman?

If a man with more fat on his chest posts a picture would that be considered feminine-presenting?

Why wouldn’t you just have a genderless standard set? Either nipples are inappropriate, or they arent.

Do you not believe that this guideline will foster an environment of sexism or could possible hinder or opress individuals more?

(I just sent this into support, if I get a response ill update you guys).

Updates to Tumblr’s Community Guidelines

support:

Today we announced some big updates to our Community Guidelines and what kind of content is permitted on Tumblr. Adult content will no longer be allowed here. While we do not judge anyone for their desire to post, engage with, or view this stuff, it is time for us to change our relationship with it.

We expect you may have some questions on how this will affect you, and we’re here to make sure those questions get answered.

When does the new policy take effect?

Our new Community Guidelines will go into effect on December 17, 2018.

Newly uploaded content flagged as adult will no longer be allowed on Tumblr. We’ll also begin flagging and removing existing adult content with the ultimate goal of removing as much of it as we can.

What is considered adult content?

Adult content primarily includes photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content—including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations—that depicts sex acts.

What is still permitted?

Examples of exceptions that are still permitted are exposed female-presenting nipples in connection with breastfeeding, birth or after-birth moments, and health-related situations, such as post-mastectomy or gender confirmation surgery. Written content such as erotica, nudity related to political or newsworthy speech, and nudity found in art, such as sculptures and illustrations, are also stuff that can be freely posted on Tumblr.

What about Safe Mode?

Our new policy negates the need for Safe Mode so this feature will no longer exist. These new policies are the same regardless of your age. Read more here.

My content was flagged, but I don’t think it should be. What should I do?

If you feel that we have categorized your post incorrectly, you can appeal this decision with the form that was sent to you via email or use the button on the post in question. Please note that this process is only possible to complete on the web or with Tumblr app version 12.2 or higher.

Read more about how to review your content and appeal here.

What goes into classifying content as adult?

This work requires a mix of machine-learning classification and human moderation by our Trust & Safety team—the group of individuals who help moderate Tumblr. We’ve been expanding the team to handle the increased workload, and we will continue to expand as needed.

Computers are better than humans at scaling process—and we need them for that—but they’re not as good at making nuanced, contextual decisions. This is an evolving process for all of us, and we’re committed to getting this right. That’s why when you appeal a post we’ve marked as adult, it gets sent to a real, live human who will look it over with their real, live human eye(s).

Will I see any adult content on Tumblr after December 17, 2018?

Due to the technical challenges that come with moderation at scale you may continue to see some adult content. This is true for all types of content that might be in violation of our guidelines. At any given moment, millions of people are posting to Tumblr. To review everything and to get it right is complex, but we’re committed to continuously improving.

As always, if you see a post with adult content that you don’t want to see, you can report it directly to our Trust & Safety team. Learn about how to report content here.

What will happen to my adult content already on Tumblr?

Starting today, we will begin sending out email notices to members of the Tumblr community whose content has been flagged as adult. This email will provide a link to the post(s) in question and a form to appeal our decision if you think we have made a mistake. Starting on December 17, 2018, any post(s) that have been flagged will be reverted to a private setting viewable only by you. If you want to learn more about how to see those posts, please visit our Help Center.

As always, please make sure the email associated with your Tumblr account is one you use regularly. It’s how we get in touch when we need you!

You can also download the contents of your blog(s) before these policy changes take effect. Find out how here.

What if my blog (not to be confused with posts) was marked as “explicit” before December 17, 2018?

Blogs that have been either self-flagged or flagged by us as “explicit” per our old policy and before December 17, 2018 will still be overlaid with a content filter when viewing these blogs directly. While some of the content on these blogs may now be in violation of our policies and will be actioned accordingly, the blog owners may choose to post content that is within our policies in the future, so we’d like to provide that option. Users under 18 will still not be allowed to click through to see the content of these blogs. The avatars and headers for these blogs will also be reverted to the default settings.

You can check and see if your blog is marked as explicit per our old policy in your visibility settings. If you think your blog has been erroneously marked as explicit, please send an appeal here.

Will I get kicked off of Tumblr if I’ve uploaded adult content in the past?

We’re removing content, not people. However, those who repeatedly and deliberately post new content that violates our updated guidelines may have their account deactivated per our Terms of Service. If you feel you’ve been incorrectly suspended, you can appeal here.

What if I reblogged adult content?

The original poster of the content will be notified of its removal, and it will no longer be on your blog.

What if I have more “What if” questions?

We got you. You can review our updated Community Guidelines right over here. If you still haven’t found an answer to your question, you can ask our support team.

<3 Tumblr

I have some questions about the new guidelines- specifically the use of the phrase “feminine-presenting nipples”

At what point is someones chest too feminine to be acceptable?

Why are “male-presenting nipples” acceptable? Are they not considered nudity as well?

If a transman posts a picture of his chest without/before chest surgery are his nipples not allowed?

If a transwoman post a picture of her nipples is that considered nudity because she is a woman?

If a man with more fat on his chest posts a picture would that be considered feminine-presenting?

Why wouldn’t you just have a genderless standard set? Either nipples are inappropriate, or they arent.

Do you not believe that this guideline will foster an environment of sexism or could possible hinder or opress individuals more?

(I just sent this into support, if I get a response ill update you guys).

A better, more positive Tumblr

staff:

Since its founding in 2007, Tumblr has always been a place for wide open, creative self-expression at the heart of community and culture. To borrow from our founder David Karp, we’re proud to have inspired a generation of artists, writers, creators, curators, and crusaders to redefine our culture and to help empower individuality.

Over the past several months, and inspired by our storied past, we’ve given serious thought to who we want to be to our community moving forward and have been hard at work laying the foundation for a better Tumblr. We’ve realized that in order to continue to fulfill our promise and place in culture, especially as it evolves, we must change. Some of that change began with fostering more constructive dialogue among our community members. Today, we’re taking another step by no longer allowing adult content, including explicit sexual content and nudity (with some exceptions).  

Let’s first be unequivocal about something that should not be confused with today’s policy change: posting anything that is harmful to minors, including child pornography, is abhorrent and has no place in our community. We’ve always had and always will have a zero tolerance policy for this type of content. To this end, we continuously invest in the enforcement of this policy, including industry-standard machine monitoring, a growing team of human moderators, and user tools that make it easy to report abuse. We also closely partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Internet Watch Foundation, two invaluable organizations at the forefront of protecting our children from abuse, and through these partnerships we report violations of this policy to law enforcement authorities. We can never prevent all bad actors from attempting to abuse our platform, but we make it our highest priority to keep the community as safe as possible.

So what is changing?

Posts that contain adult content will no longer be allowed on Tumblr, and we’ve updated our Community Guidelines to reflect this policy change. We recognize Tumblr is also a place to speak freely about topics like art, sex positivity, your relationships, your sexuality, and your personal journey. We want to make sure that we continue to foster this type of diversity of expression in the community, so our new policy strives to strike a balance.

Why are we doing this?

It is our continued, humble aspiration that Tumblr be a safe place for creative expression, self-discovery, and a deep sense of community. As Tumblr continues to grow and evolve, and our understanding of our impact on our world becomes clearer, we have a responsibility to consider that impact across different age groups, demographics, cultures, and mindsets. We spent considerable time weighing the pros and cons of expression in the community that includes adult content. In doing so, it became clear that without this content we have the opportunity to create a place where more people feel comfortable expressing themselves.

Bottom line: There are no shortage of sites on the internet that feature adult content. We will leave it to them and focus our efforts on creating the most welcoming environment possible for our community.

So what’s next?

Starting December 17, 2018, we will begin enforcing this new policy. Community members with content that is no longer permitted on Tumblr will get a heads up from us in advance and steps they can take to appeal or preserve their content outside the community if they so choose. All changes won’t happen overnight as something of this complexity takes time.

Another thing, filtering this type of content versus say, a political protest with nudity or the statue of David, is not simple at scale. We’re relying on automated tools to identify adult content and humans to help train and keep our systems in check. We know there will be mistakes, but we’ve done our best to create and enforce a policy that acknowledges the breadth of expression we see in the community.

Most importantly, we’re going to be as transparent as possible with you about the decisions we’re making and resources available to you, including more detailed information, product enhancements, and more content moderators to interface directly with the community and content.

Like you, we love Tumblr and what it’s come to mean for millions of people around the world. Our actions are out of love and hope for our community. We won’t always get this right, especially in the beginning, but we are determined to make your experience a positive one.

Jeff D’Onofrio
CEO

“Don’t upload images, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples…”

Are. You. Fucking. Kidding. Me.

Female-presenting nipples. But “male presenting” nipples are okay? They entire breast but the nipple is okay?

What. Bullshit.

Take your sexist, overly sexualizing bs somewhere else.

A females chest is no more sexual than a mans.

Regular

asexuals-are-valid:

to everyone who says that “there are only two genders,” – you mean that there are only two sexes, anatomical assignments to… idk, maybe organize (?) people into groups for medical reasons (biological females have different needs and different physiques than biological males, it’s just so the doctor can assist that individual effectively). 

also, when you say that nb identities are “fake,” how do you know? do you have sufficient evidence of this? 

it’s similar to the arguments between

religious folk

and atheists; neither side can prove or disprove the existence of a G.d or the divine, they only have firsthand evidence, experiences, and influences that affect their perspectives.

so, unless you can provide unequivocal evidence that disproves the existence of gender identities aside from male and female, please don’t target or harass individuals who identify as something other than the aforementioned.

thank.

As a (still questioning) nb atheist, I will say this argument is quite poor.

The burden of evidence falls onto the one making the claim.

The only thing someone denying a claim is required to disprove is the evidence the person making the claim says proves the claim.

The person making the claim is 100% expected to prove it or at least back why it is likely(as somethings cant be proven, but they can be shown as likely or most logical answer).

If you claim something without evidence it can be dismissed without evidence.

Instead look into the actual sciences(there are multiple fields involved in this) behind gender and the personal testimonies that exist. There is evidence supporting nonbinary genders.

There are also some well stated arguments for the fact that gender categories all together are faulty and therefore nearly anything could be added to them; that its just a tool to help us communicate and if “boy v. Girl” doesnt work then its extremely valid to create more (or less) specific categories that help us communicate better!

Regular

asexuals-are-valid:

to everyone who says that “there are only two genders,” – you mean that there are only two sexes, anatomical assignments to… idk, maybe organize (?) people into groups for medical reasons (biological females have different needs and different physiques than biological males, it’s just so the doctor can assist that individual effectively). 

also, when you say that nb identities are “fake,” how do you know? do you have sufficient evidence of this? 

it’s similar to the arguments between

religious folk

and atheists; neither side can prove or disprove the existence of a G.d or the divine, they only have firsthand evidence, experiences, and influences that affect their perspectives.

so, unless you can provide unequivocal evidence that disproves the existence of gender identities aside from male and female, please don’t target or harass individuals who identify as something other than the aforementioned.

thank.

As a (still questioning) nb atheist, I will say this argument is quite poor.

The burden of evidence falls onto the one making the claim.

The only thing someone denying a claim is required to disprove is the evidence the person making the claim says proves the claim.

The person making the claim is 100% expected to prove it or at least back why it is likely(as somethings cant be proven, but they can be shown as likely or most logical answer).

If you claim something without evidence it can be dismissed without evidence.

Instead look into the actual sciences(there are multiple fields involved in this) behind gender and the personal testimonies that exist. There is evidence supporting nonbinary genders.

There are also some well stated arguments for the fact that gender categories all together are faulty and therefore nearly anything could be added to them; that its just a tool to help us communicate and if “boy v. Girl” doesnt work then its extremely valid to create more (or less) specific categories that help us communicate better!

Regular

Calling all cat/animal lovers!

My cat Luci-Fur needs surgery!

She has a polyp in her ear, it causes dizziness, poor balance, and restricts her breathing!!

She also scratches at it causing bleeding.

After a $300 vet bill from my 3 animals check up and flea medicines we simply cant afford to pay for her $500 surgery.

Ive had this blog for well over 3 years and have never used it for financial reasons, but this isnt about me, its about my cat!

Please help my baby out, or share so others can!

Regular

Calling all cat/animal lovers!

My cat Luci-Fur needs surgery!

She has a polyp in her ear, it causes dizziness, poor balance, and restricts her breathing!!

She also scratches at it causing bleeding.

After a $300 vet bill from my 3 animals check up and flea medicines we simply cant afford to pay for her $500 surgery.

Ive had this blog for well over 3 years and have never used it for financial reasons, but this isnt about me, its about my cat!

Please help my baby out, or share so others can!

Hi 😊 I&rsquo;ve just recently started getting…

Hi 😊 I’ve just recently started getting kinda comfortable with calling myself an atheist. Do you have any advice for someone who wasn’t necessarily raised religious, but still has some anxiety and guilt about being atheist?

Look for the positives in atheism.

We have so much power to change our own lives, to change other peoples lives, to change the world, to change the future.

We have all this power, and its in our choices. We can quite literally just choose to be good.

You can choose to be a good listener, and if you struggle you can choose to develop better habits that help you be a good listener. And you can choose to do all you can with what you learn by listening to empower other people. To do more good.

Plus we have all this responsibility, and yeah it can be daunting, but also, when you take responsibility for the bad stuff you do you’re making a choice to make the world a little better. And when you take responsibility for changing that bad, or for doing good youre making the world better.

Plus, the fact that our lives on this earth are limited makes it special. Right now, in this very moment YOU are alive. And its not going to last forever, its not going to happen again at some other place when its over. Right now you exist. “Once in a lifetime” is how we describe things that are rare but great, life is the once.

There is so much wonder and awe to being an atheist. So much relief that you are special simply for being you. That you have evidence of your strength simply by looking back on what all youve done. Your power doesn’t come from some other unearthly being, it comes from you and your community.

Dont feel guilty. You are able to make the choice to live your life to the best of the ability instead of following the mostlikely false word of one most likely non existance, out of the many most likely non existance gods/goddesses.

You are going to do your best. Even if your best isnt always the same, todays best may be higher or better than tomorrows, but you can still do your best.

You are going to take every situation and get the chance to evaluate it independently and if new info comes you can use that to change your perspectives.

Youre allowing yourself so many opportunities and so much positivity.

I hope it all works out for you💚