What is a TwinkTumblr?
Tumblr users construct various identity elements through blog posts, bios, or “About Me” pages, and tags on those blogs. The practice of labeling gender and sexual orientation is a critical aspect of this layered identity construction.
Most LGBTQIA bloggers identify their gender and sexual orientation in their bio boxes or About Me pages. They often select the gender label transgender or the preferred pronoun they/them.
What is Tumblr?
Tumblr is a microblogging platform that allows users to create personal blogs and post any content they want, including text, photos, videos, GIFs, audio, quotes, links to other websites, and more. The site also offers a variety of customizable themes and layouts to help users create the perfect blog. Tumblr is a popular tool for individuals, businesses, and brands looking to build brand awareness or promote new products or services.
Unlike many other blogging platforms, Tumblr encourages interaction and engagement with content through its reblogging feature. When users find a post they like, they can reblog it on their blog with commentary or additional content. In turn, the person who posted the original blog gets notified that their post has been reblogged. This feature makes Tumblr a popular platform for writers, artists, and musicians seeking an audience for their work.
The Tumblr dashboard is the user’s primary interface and functions much like a feed on other social media sites. When a user subscribes to a blog, posts from that blog will appear on their dashboard in reverse chronological order. Users can also follow individual blogs and receive notifications when they post updates.
Each post on a Tumblr blog can be tagged with several different keywords to help it become more discoverable by people searching for those terms. Tumblr users can also add a caption to each post and use a “read more” link that will take readers to a dedicated post on the blogger’s full-size blog.
Tumblr users can also comment on posts or communicate with other Tumblr members through Asks. While Tumblr tries to remove illegal content (such as material that violates copyright laws or certain types of pornography) from its site, the anonymity of some profiles and the rapid reblogging can make it challenging to keep up. Therefore, parents and guardians should exercise caution when reviewing Tumblr content with children.
Tumblr is a popular choice for young people, and it offers them a place to explore their interests and learn about topics that may be unfamiliar. The platform also allows teens and young adults to connect with others with similar interests, creating a community around those passions.
What is Twink?
Twink is a term used to describe young, slim, smooth-skinned men in the gay community. The term was popularized by pornography, but it has since spread to mainstream culture, including a recent New York Times article on the popularity of slender male celebrities like Troye Sivan and Timothee Chalamet. Twinks are generally considered attractive because of their youthful appearance, slight build, and lack of body hair. They may also be called “Euro twinks” or twunks (a portmanteau of twink + hunk, exemplified by modern-day Zac Efron). Other varieties of twinks include muscle twinks and femme twinks.
Although there is no exact origin of the term, many believe it was inspired by the 1920s British slang word “twank,” which refers to a client of a gay male prostitute. The term has been criticized for being ageist and fetishizing, as it primarily describes young, thin, white men. It has also been seen as a homophobic term, as it excludes men with more significant or darker builds.
In addition to describing physical features, twink can also describe personality traits. Many twinks are seen as effeminate, campy, insecure, and shy, although these stereotypes are often untrue. While these stereotypes can be harmful, they are also a part of the gay culture and are a way to describe how people relate to each other.
While twinks are usually associated with the gay community, a growing number of straight women identify as twinks. These women may be drawn to the style because of its association with sexual freedom and sexy, feminine aesthetics. In addition to symbolizing sexual freedom, twinks can be seen as role models for younger generations of LGBTQ+ people.
Outside the gay community, twinks are prevalent in mainstream pornography because of their sexual appeal and youthfulness. However, some critics argue that the popularity of Twink pornography is damaging to the LGBT+ community as a whole because it reinforces negative stereotypes about masculinity. While there is still a place for twinks in the LGBT+ community, it is essential to remember that many other body types are beautiful and worthy of being celebrated.
Which is better?
Tumblr has no issue with sexually explicit content, and it’s easy to find blogs dedicated to NSFW pornography, particularly by searching the hashtags #gay, #lesbian, and #bisexual. But Tumblr has decided to filter those searches, citing an effort to bring the site into compliance with Apple’s terms of service, stipulating that any apps featuring pornographic material will be booted from the App Store.
It’s a bit of a catch-22, as Tumblr’s decision to block those searches will likely hurt the LGBT community and reinforce the stereotype that those three non-normative sexual orientations are synonymous with pornography, which is something the community has worked hard for decades to shake off. Still, loopholes abound. One Jezebel reader suggests that Tumblr bloggers can still find porn by searching for the tag #bisexual, which is less sexually suggestive than the other two.
For those tired of artistic GIFs and photos and ready for straight-up porn, try a blog like Hairy Side, which features piles of gay bears and otters with plenty of kinky foreplay. And for more straightforward amateur videos, there’s Fan of Gay Porn.