I can’t remember what I was searching for today but instead of finding what I wanted, I found this.
Wowza. Where was this little gem?
The very place that kicks breastfeeding mothers off for posting images of their infants nursing from those very same mammary glands. Well, probably not THOSE exact ones. Who knows if that woman’s breasts are usually perky due to good genes, augmentation, or because they could be full of milk. If she would like to latch a baby or two on there, I’d love to see it on Facebook. This one, with the laughable underwire support and no cup? It is a bit too sexual for my taste but I guess they are not breaking any community standards, even though Facebook says they “have a strict “no nudity or pornography” policy. Any content that is inappropriately sexual will be removed.”.
Wait. So that’s not inappropriately sexual? I guess not!
Facebook explains their policy on their website:
Nudity and Pornography
“Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and imposes limitations on the display of nudity. At the same time, we aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo’s David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.”
Why hasn’t the above image been removed? Has no one thought to report it? Heck, I reported it and it is still there.
Sure, they avoided breaking the “no areolas” rule (assuming flashing nipples in any context is considered nudity) in a clever way with those sequened and tassled pasties in the top photo. My brain is having a hard time with all of that. I know that bra and those breasts are supposed to be sexy but three years of nursing two children really has me cracking up. I can’t help but think about those breasts dripping red milk!!
I think the page where I found this photo posted, Majo Rey, is a lingerie store judging by their other photos, which are not all bad, but some of the others they post, like this one below, are inappropriately sexual.
This second image covers more breast but it is clearly sexual. Yet it stays.
What is Facebook’s stance on breastfeeding?
Does Facebook allow photos of mothers breastfeeding?
“Yes. We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful, and we’re very glad to know that it is important for mothers to share their experiences with others on Facebook. The vast majority of these photos are compliant with our policies, and we will not take action on them.
Photos that show a fully exposed breast where the child is not actively engaged in nursing do violate Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. These policies are based on the same standards which apply to television and print media.
It is important to note that photos which we act upon are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other users who complain about them being shared on Facebook.”
Of these two photos, which one do you think was banned? Just a hint. Not the one you would think.
Answer: The Breastfeeding mother was banned from Facebook and her image removed. Not the objectified woman, who was posted *without* the black bars, and without anything on under there. SERIOUSLY!
Photo shared by Samantha Bice
I would much rather have my children see women breastfeeding, mothering their offspring, than women lifting their hips and pushing up their breasts in lingerie or spreading their legs, completely naked in stripper heels. But I suppose these types of overtly sexual images can be seen splashed all over magazines and at the local mall. Ahem, Victoria’s Secret.
It is interesting that Facebook continues to claim they allow breastfeeding photos and art but it is continually taken down, mothers are banned and shamed. Why is suspending mothers and taking down their breastfeeding photos a big deal? Because breastfeeding mothers need support. Cutting them off from sharing the sweet, important, and often tough moments of their lives on Facebook, including photos of their children nursing, sends everyone the wrong message. Sharing images of breastfeeding actually helps normalize breastfeeding in our culture. The more it is seen, the more socially acceptable it will become, raising our national breastfeeding averages and savings billions of dollars and nearly a thousand lives a year. The number of mothers that are kicked out of restaurants, pools, churches, off buses, out of court, or fired from their jobs for breastfeeding is shameful. Breasts are meant to nourish our young. Sure, they can be fun too, but we must all remember…the primary purpose of breasts is for our species survival.
What do you think? Should Facebook quit the BS and own up to their own standards? If they can’t do that, how about just improving the grievance procedure for mothers who just want to get back online without having to wait 30-days?