Facebook Deletes Photos Of Breastfeeding Women
Thereâ€™s been a lot of talk lately about breastfeeding and it has nothing to do with the ongoing milk vs. formula debate. These days, itâ€™s about whether breasts are offensive to look at â€”Â at least within the context of nursing. According to some of the powers-that-be at Facebook, nipples are a no-no. The social media giant has been randomly deleting breastfeeding photos, claiming that exposed nipples are considered a violation and can be removed.
Not surprisingly, thereâ€™s an official petition to the policy (on Facebook, of course). Called â€œHey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!â€ the group â€” which boasts a whopping 258,000-plus members â€” allows people to convey their outrage and acts as a kind of support group to nursing moms everywhere.
â€œFacebook just recently deleted one of my breastfeeding pictures citing it as pornographic!â€ reads a recent post by group member Jenna Miller, whose next post features said photo. â€œDonâ€™t try to figure out Facebookâ€™s capricious immaturity,â€ reads one of many supportive comments (lots of them written by men).
Clearly, Facebook execs will be steering clear of Sara McConnell. The Ottawa-based photographer offers breastfeeding portraits intended to document this fleeting moment in time. (Didnâ€™t you know? Baby bumps are so yesterday.)
While I neverÂ would have posed for a breastfeedingÂ shoot in all of my bloated, pancake-sized nipples, post-birth glory, I’m all for moms who are into it (so long as they don’t forward me their pics in a mass email). What I do find ridiculous, though, is Facebook’s policy of removing photos of this very natural act.
Grow up, FB. Have you never seen a woman’s boobs before?