Beautiful photos, right? Now.… I want you to guess which one was removed. I looked at these photos and thought… okay, the first one shows both boobs, but really only cleavage. You see that in photos of girls in swimsuits (which don’t get reported and removed, by the way). The second photo, however, actually shows some nipple area. If I had to guess, I’d say the 2nd one was flagged and removed.
That one remains. The first photo, however, was taken down. Now I get that facebook probably wasn’t out on the hunt for nursing photos. I get that SOMEONE must have reported or flagged the photo. But why the first one and not both? Because the baby is actually latched (ie it’s definitely breastfeeding)? Because it’s a black mom and a mixed baby? WHO KNOWS.
But what I DO KNOW, is that facebook has some freaking issues. They need to get this straightened out NOW. They’ve publicly stated they aren’t attacking breastfeeding photos, but they have NOTHING in their customer service/employee training to PROTECT breastfeeding moms and babies?
Not only are these pictures beautiful, they’re NORMAL. Breastfeeding is NORMAL. Boobs are made for feeding. GASP! We need society to realize that breastfeeding IS the norm. It’s OKAY, it’s natural, it’s beautiful. And by removing these photos, we’re hiding. Because we’re uncomfortable? Grow up.
Why does society say it’s okay to objective women and that suggestive photographs with partial nudity are okay — and that beautiful, natural nursing photographs are NOT?!
Have you seen some of the filth and trash on Facebook? The photos they AREN’T removing??? There is page after page after page after page (get the point?) of young women in underwear – with photo captions basically begging men to friend them and find them.
Photos taken from Facebook. THIS IS OKAY AND FEEDING A CHILD ISN’T? IS THIS REAL LIFE?!
I’m disgusted that I have to raise a son in this environment. I’ve often thought about how to raise him so he is respectful of women [and breastfeeding]. And he will be.
Please check out the Earth Mama Angel Baby blog for their story: Breastfeeding photos deleted by facebook and the more recent post: Much Ado About A Baby’s Lunch, which features Mama M herself breastfeeding in 1974. It’s a great pic!
What can you do? Tell Facebook that breastfeeding is normal and beautiful and NOT obscene. Put them on the spot and ask them WHY photos like the ones I posted above are okay, but nursing photos are not. Ask them WHEN they will add a “rule” that protects moms from ignorant asshats that just go around “liking” pages to find nursing photos and report them because they can’t grow up. CLICK HERE TO TELL THEM.
AND? I would loooooooooove to see your breastfeeding photos. If you have one (or 10) email it to me: erdickey at gmail dot com and I’ll collect them and put up a post! You can see a bunch of my breastfeeding photos too.