Cross-posted at Mama Drama because it’s that damn important.
I love Facebook. It’s a social networking website that’s a lot like MySpace but less annoying. It’s a great way to keep up with friends and I’ve joined several Facebook Groups that are making a difference in the world.
And this week I’m going to get banned forever.
You see, Facebook recently removed images of breastfeeding moms and even banned some of them for posting “obscene content”. A lot of people have written about this, some far more eloquently than me, and I thought for sure by now Facebook would have said “Wow, are we a bunch of morons. I don’t know what we were thinking by banning something that is legal everywhere in America. Sorry. Our bad.”
But surprisingly, they haven’t. They still feel all nipples are offensive, even those being used to feed a hungry child. And to be entirely honest with you, I’m not a big fan of nipples myself. I don’t really care to see yours and I was a miserable failure at breastfeeding so I’m more than a little jealous when I see pictures of women doing it so easily. But are they offensive? No. What is offensive is the idea that facebook is banning something legal, important and often quashed by others. What’s offensive is the idea that woman everywhere have to fight to be allowed to breastfeed in public places, that they’re made to feel shame about their bodies and that bloggers have to write about this ludicrous crap to bring attention to the hypocrisy of a site which bans “obscene” breastfeeding photos but has no problem supporting pro-anorexia groups, groups sharing suicide methods, racism, hundreds of photos of women’s butts and pictures of dead babies.
Now I’m not saying that all those groups should be banned, because I believe in free speech. What I am saying is that banning images of something that is absolutely healthy, natural and encouraged by doctors is ridiculous if you are okay with promoting something that is absolutely not.
That’s why starting today my current facebook profile picture will be changed from this:
Related: Want to join the fight? Check out the League of Maternal Justice’s call to join The Great Virtual Breast Fest this month.