[NSFW] Facebook and the Nipple Ban

Written by zachinglis February 24th, 2012

[Credit needed for pho­tos. They seem far removed on the posts I’ve seen.]

Face­book has deemed pho­tos of breast­feed­ing as sex­ual and inap­pro­pri­ate. Whilst I admit I can still get a lit­tle uncom­fort­able to this day if I see it happening…

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[Credit needed for pho­tos. They seem far removed on the posts I’ve seen.]

Face­book has deemed pho­tos of breast­feed­ing as sex­ual and inap­pro­pri­ate. Whilst I admit I can still get a lit­tle uncom­fort­able to this day if I see it hap­pen­ing in front of me, I never view it as sex­ual, and it cer­tainly is any­thing but offen­sive. We’ve all been on the side of the baby; it’s nat­ural, and it’s a fact of life.

I write a lot of per­sonal posts in closed for­mat. I decided that although some are rather risqué and per­sonal my friends know me as an open book and I’d like to project that image more. It’s going to take some effort and confidence.

For the last 3 years I have been an avid pho­tog­ra­pher. I shoot var­i­ous forms of pho­tos but one of my favourite types is artis­tic nudes. In short, bod­ies are beautiful.

How­ever, one con­struct soci­ety has is that bod­ies are always sex­ual, which could not be more wrong. A naked man or a naked woman should not auto­mat­i­cally be sex­ual. The fact that you are born with your body, and it is not deemed sex­ual until puberty speaks fur­ther to this. Not to men­tion the fact that when you go to a museum or art gallery you don’t look at the art and think “Phwoar! She’s got boobs! They’re just pretty paint­ings. I per­son­ally can be naked around my friends often with­out it being sex­u­alised — it’s just bodies.

The strangest thing that I see on the end of this move­ment seems to have come from my model and porn star friends; peo­ple who work pri­mar­ily with sex­u­alised nudity are help­ing fight against the sex­u­al­iza­tion of bod­ies in non erotic sit­u­a­tions. They’re absolutely right. Men going with­out a shirt on the beach isn’t sex­ual, so why should that be the case for women? The chest, the are­o­las, the nip­ples are all made from the same tis­sue, so why is one deemed inap­pro­pri­ately sex­ual whilst the other is normal?
I dis­agree with Facebook’s poli­cies, but I think that’s an issue of today’s social con­structs rather than Facebook’s fault itself.

(It’s weird for a guy to be say­ing this, that I know. I’m sure it comes from the major­ity of my friends being women.)

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[Credit needed for pho­tos. They seem far removed on the posts I’ve seen.]

Face­book has deemed pho­tos of breast­feed­ing as sex­ual and inap­pro­pri­ate. Whilst I admit I can still get a lit­tle uncom­fort­able to this day if I see it happening…

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