Friday, February 13, 2015

Controversy as Facebook Deletes Photo of Mothers Breastfeeding Their Children

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The above group portrait of nude mothers breastfeeding their children was posted on Facebook by professional photographer Jade Beall recently. Unfortunately, the social networking site took it down after men complained it was obscene, according to Jade. She told Cosmopolitan that she understands Facebook's anti-nipple policy, but sees the censorship as a larger overall issue.

"I have been photographing women for 15 years but it was a nude self-portrait I took of myself breastfeeding my son (when I was 80 pounds heavier), that sparked my desire to photograph and celebrate the beauty, 'flaws', shapes, &vulnerabilities of all mothers.

"This photo received a lot of traction quickly. I received many private messages (all from men) telling me I should remove the photo, though I'd posted the image with nipples and genital areas blurred (because I have had images removed before by Facebook where a woman's nipple was shown). Then someone noticed I had missed blurring one nipple and the photo was again reported and finally removed."

"Do I think it's silly that men can have exposed nipples but women cannot as a rule for this platform?  Sure. But that's a cultural thing, not simply a Facebook thing. I would love to post my nude breastfeeding mothers without blurring the nipples on Facebook, but what I would love most is for Americans to redefine their relationship to a woman's breasts and to praise and celebrate the nude, varying body shapes without having to label them 'disgusting' or 'unhealthy.'"

Who do you support? Facebook or the photographer?

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