Facebook Deletes Breastfeeding Photo That Has Nothing to Do With Breastfeeding

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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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AliNo... AliNoelle

I was wondering why I hadn't seen her I'm my feed lately! This is bullshit.

nonmember avatar Brittany

I'm currently the mother of a 4 month old. Yes, I am breast-feeding. No, I do not want to see other children breast-feeding. 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! There are options other than putting your business out there, whether it's in public or on facebook, for the world to see. My son has never eaten anything other than my breast-milk, we go out in public all the time, and I've not once had to expose myself to anyone other than my husband and my son. Let's have some modesty and keep our private parts PRIVATE ladies!!!

nonmember avatar kendra harris

I really do think Facebook have some explaining to do. I see so many pictures on Facebook that's one thread away from being complete nudity but a woman post a pic of mostly her daughter and partial boob and it's a problem? I think breast feeding is a beautiful thing and every woman with or without children should respect, if not embrace, something that's so natural.

ethan... ethans_momma06

I wrote this on the original blog, and I'll repeat it here:

I'm a huge breast feeding adovcate. Always have been, always will be. I advocate for NIP uncovered. I think the picture is damn cute.

This is not a breastfeeding picture. The baby is not, at the moment, breastfeeding. I've BF my own and know that babies get curious and pop off. They do. I'm a mom, I get it. But, she's simply not breastfeeding here, and while her nipple isnt showing- her breast is clearly out of the shirt and naked. Not saying other naked breast shots should be allowed, but judging from the FB guidelines- they are totally permissable in deleting this.

I hate that THIS picture is immediately tied to the other breastfeeding shots that get removed. While similar, they are different. This is not a shot that I feel motivated to fight FB for the right to post- no matter how cute, or natural, or in the moment it is.

sassy... sassykat122

The reason to fight for is the double standard. This is no worse than any other cleavage baring shot that women show. Just because they are "technically" wearing clothes that cover up no more than this does doesn't make those pictures any better

blue82 blue82

The kids shows more than the breast and even so this mother is proud of breastfeeding and good for her she is proudly posting it and jokes that the kid wants bacon instead cute. Nipple showing NO and these fast girls on FB posting pics of them half naked is ok but a child eatting HEALTHY is not. And Liz sex offenders REALLY you disgust me!!!!!

purvi... purvislets

My younger teenage cousins show at least this much cleavage on a daily basis in their bathroom mirror duckface photos and never get deleted.  So, whether or not this baby is actively breastfeeding is not the issue.  The issue is the double standard.  Using your breasts as a seduction = just fine.  Using your breasts for what they were intended for and showing the same amount of boobage = not ok.  

ethan... ethans_momma06


The difference is that A) she's not currently using it- its just there and B) while these other chicks have lots of cleavage- it's still cleavage that is contained in something.

Here's the other thing- are those pictures, those seductive pictures being reported? Like a chick laying there with her top off, but the nipple hidden under something random? If they aren't FB has no cause to remove them, UNLESS they find them. This WAS reported by someone who didn't like it (eyeroll at them) and tech. falls under the guidelines for removal. They are pretty broad and are left up to the judgment of FB admins. :/

nonmember avatar joy

i think liz fell off her rocker and bumped her head. ive seen worst. on fb. i bf all my babys

Forev... ForeverInLove


while you are right, that she isn't breastfeeding but her breast is showing, I reported a picture to FB because a girl was holding cupcakes over her nipples, leaving her whole breast exposed. She was naked, except for cupcakes... it didn't violate facebook terms, according to them. 

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