Breastfeeding photos removed by facebook - What do you think?
In the news last week there was a report on photos mums had posted of themselves breastfeeding their babies being taken down by facebook. Apparently the pictures violate the nudity regulations for posting photos on this social media site.
What's your opinion on this? Do you think mums should be able to post any breastfeeding photos on facebook (and similar sites) or is there a case for some regulations about nudity (e.g. not having the other breast showing in the photo)?
You show yours and I'll keep mine covered!
It is my understanding that Facebook has done an about face on this, probably partly as a result of the Boobout Protest which took place outside Facebook's Sydney offices, and the subsequent protest letters - Media Report Here and Pictures Here! Needless to say, there are now more breastfeeding profile shots than ever, as women take up the cause. I love the Tara Moss article Geeks, Not all Breast Exposure is Naughty published in the National Times on 9 February.
Do I think a woman should be able to post a photo of herself breastfeeding on Facebook? Absolutely. This is a free country and ultimately it seems unreasonable to say that women should be allowed to feed in public but not take or post photos of same. Similarly, I think if you start saying you can show this photo, but not that one, you start walking the dangerous line of censorship. At the end of the day, no one is holding a gun to your head and making you look at the Facebook photo. If you don't like what you see, move on.
That said, would I do it myself? No. It's a personal thing. I don't really have a desire to have my breasts on display, whether in public or on Facebook. I do breastfeed in public without hesitation, but while wearing a top that keeps my breasts largely covered. Perhaps it makes me a bad feminist, but whether it was to breastfeed, or to don a pair of tassles and find a pole, I don't want to show my breasts to the general public! So far as Facebook goes, with my old friends from school and my elderly family members viewing my posts, I would just as soon not have my boobs on display there either.