Gloria Steinem Hopes Marissa Mayer Cracks Down on Tumblr Porn

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Gloria Steinem. Photo: Astrid Stawiarz

At last night's "These Girls" event at Joe's Pub, hosted by Glamour, the Cut cornered Gloria Steinem to pick her brain on Yahoo's big Tumblr acquisition. Or, more specifically, whether Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer should take it upon herself to crack down more stringently on Tumblr's porn and "thinspiration" sites. "Yes," said Steinem, but added quickly that Mayer's responsibility isn't just about her being a woman. "It's not about biology, it's about consciousness," she said. "If you are a civil rights person, you don't want to further racist literature, and if you are concerned about anti-Semitism, then you don't want to further that kind of literature either." But Mayer shouldn't feel compelled to do away with all of the sex stuff: "Porn and erotica aren't the same thing," Steinem clarified. "Porne means female slave, and it isn't about sex — it's about violence against women." Erotica, on the other hand, gets her stamp of approval.