Facebook Deletes Breastfeeding Photo That Has Nothing to Do With Breastfeeding

Say What!? 169

the feminist breeder bacon breastfeedingWhen I saw this photo on The Feminist Breeder's Facebook page with TFB Gina Crosley-Corcoran's comment, "And now you've seen everything, Jolene swiped bacon off my plate and tried to nurse and eat at the same time. When I got bit, I told her she had to choose. She chose bacon", I liked it. If there was a "love" button, I would have loved it. I'm in tune with much of what Gina writes on her blog and Facebook page, and even if I wasn't a natural parenting type who breastfeeds and gets excited when Ina May Gaskin makes a movie, I'm certain I would have giggled at this photo. Sweet baby girl chooses bacon over mama's milk. Hilarious. But one of TFB's readers didn't think so. A mom I'll just call Liz commented, "I never liked the photo, I reported the photo. And those are the kids that end up growing to be sex offenders."

ALL RIGHTY, Liz. You just took it one step too far.

It's one thing to not like the photo. Maybe this woman has some sort of weird breastfeeding hang-up and finds it repulsive and that is very unfortunate for her. But to report it AND MOST HEINOUSLY say children who are breastfed grow up to be sex offenders just shows how completely off her rocker she is.

You'll never believe what happened next in this story. Facebook deleted the photo, and suspended The Feminist Breeder Facebook page for three days. Breastfeeding photos are supposed to be allowed as long as there isn't any nipple exposed. No nipple can be seen in Gina's photo. All I see is her adorable 18-month-old daughter Jolene nom nom noming on some bacon. Sure, there is a part of Gina's breast there. But I see more cleavage when trolling the Facebook pages of single 20-somethings. (I really don't do that, I swear.) And, I repeat, there is no nipple.

Did Facebook delete it just because someone reported it? What is the protocol for them removing an image? I ask because this one just doesn't break their rules. Maybe it was a vegan Facebook worker who was offended by the bacon?

Facebook likes to delete breastfeeding images -- even fake ones of crochet hats that look like breasts or little kids pretending to breastfeed. Sadly, when they do this, they perpetuate the false claim that breastfeeding is obscene. Even still, I can respect that some people don't want to see certain photos because there are plenty of photos I would rather not see that people post. But things we personally don't want to see are everywhere and we have this incredible power to look away. Which is what Liz should have done. Liz shouldn't have even been a fan of The Feminist Breeder to begin with, which makes this whole thing even more absurd. It's like she purposefully liked a page that is the opposite of her beliefs (with the thought she not only hates breastfeeding and thinks it makes kids become sex offenders, but she's also offended by bacon ... and probably feminism). And I can't help but question Facebook for the deletion of the photo and the suspension of the page for no concrete reason.

If you agree with me, let's get the word out and share this -- Gina wants us to. This is just wrong. Let's roar loudly so Facebook hears and makes some very needed changes and not just removes a photo because someone reported it ... for no good reason, and that doesn't even violate any rules.

Do you think Facebook has some explaining to do? You don't see anything obscene in this image, right?

 

Image via The Feminist Breeder

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Erika... ErikaRobin

Why must people hate on the bewbies?  I just don't get it.


 


And there's BACON in this picture!  That right there added to the awesomeness of it exponentially.

Lovex23 Lovex23

I don't understand why people are so weird when it comes to something so natural! Men can go shirtless and all these little girls can show much more than cleavage on Facebook. This is a cute candid picture that this mother wanted to share with other like minded moms. Liz is physco but then again so are so many other people when it comes to breast feeding. My own mother commented on how my extended breast feeding was like sexual abuse! I wish people would just stop and realize its completely natural.

Michaela Bitner

because everyone can just pump easily and take it anywhere without being totally inconvenience...oh wait no they can't. why allow other people's weird associations with seeing breastfeeding turn you away from doing what is easy, natural, and normal. not to mention the bacon, doesn't bacon make everything better?!?!?

Scarlet Moonchild

I breast feed whenever and where ever my daughter is hungry. She doesn't like cover ups nor do I. I love being a mom and a woman who feeds my baby girl the way it has been done since the dawn of time. Insecure weirdos look away. Don't bother me with your problems. I have better things to do like be happy and have fun with my family and friends.

Scarlet Moonchild

I breast feed whenever and where ever my daughter is hungry. She doesn't like cover ups nor do I. I love being a mom and a woman who feeds my baby girl the way it has been done since the dawn of time. Insecure weirdos look away. Don't bother me with your problems. I have better things to do like being happy and having fun with my family and friends.

MomLi... MomLily67

I think it's more damaging to let an  18 month old eat bacon!!!! hahhaa

jrphelps jrphelps

This article is NOT about nursing in public.  Sheesh, get a grip!  It's about FB having double standards of what boob shots are ok & which ones are not.  The ones on the verge of porn are a-ok but not the ones of bf'ing w/ NO nipple showing??

Jennifer Muirhead

Maybe she was saying bacon eaters become sex offenders. That doesn't make any less sense.

@Brittany
" I don't understand the lack of modesty that some women choose to associate with breast-feeding. If you're going out, just pump a couple bottles to take with you! That's what I do. Or, if you can't pump, or can't afford a quality pump that allows you to, just take a cover-up with you!"

Maybe as a mum of a four month old you haven't encountered this yet (and maybe you never will, it depends on your child) but some kids really dislike being fed under a cover and will fight it, ripping the cover off and making breastfeeding difficult. I don't blame them. Where I live temperatures in the high thirties (celsius) are pretty common and the last thing my child and I need in that heat is another layer on us! Wearing a cover also draws more attention than just feeding using a nursing top if you want to be discreet. But frankly there is no reason to do that if you don't want to because seeing nursing in public doesn't hurt anyone. Quite the opposite in fact. Seeing it reenforces that is normal and helps women learn how to do it. In cultures where it isn't hidden women don't have as much trouble learning how to breastfeed because they have seen it around them their whole lives. If it bothers you so much, just look away!

nonmember avatar krelia

I'm confused, I look at that picture, I see a nipple. Why am I seeing "not showing nipple" when there is clearly one shown?

nonmember avatar carly

@krelia RIGHT? its right there, at the top of her fingers.. Its a cute photo, but definitely booty Facebook appropriate..

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