If you think the sight of a woman nursing her child is obscene, then you are not supporting the act of breastfeeding. It's really that simple. This goes for when a mom is nursing in public or when posting a photo of her feeding her child on Facebook. And even though Facebook claims they respect a woman's right to post photos of a child breastfeeding, they once again went back on their word and not only deleted breastfeeding images from a page devoted to supporting breastfeeding mothers, but blocked the page's owner from accessing her page for 24 hours.
Kristy Kemp's Breastfeeding/Mama Talk is a community page that answers questions and gives support to breastfeeding moms. Members help other members with questions and concerns. It's exactly the kind of support that many mothers need. When Kemp posted a new photo of a mom breastfeeding (among the many, many others), that photo was removed and she was locked out of her page. But now Facebook is saying "sorry."
The social networking site first said the image violates their policy, which is:
Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicit sexual content where a minor is involved. We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo’s David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.
Oh dear Facebook. I want to poke you ... and not in the friendly kind of way. How is this happening over and over again? Who is at the helm of this photo removing? Clearly they aren't doing their job properly because there is nothing remotely obscene about a child eating. They know that, but somehow these photos are considered pornographic and taken down. It happened recently when Gina Crosley-Corcoran (aka The Feminist Breeder) posted a completely non-obscene photo of her daughter taking a break from breastfeeding to nibble on a piece of bacon. And even when Kemp's access was reinstated and she put up another breastfeeding photo, that too was removed.
Facebook has a history of deleting breastfeeding photos and they keep apologizing for it. Like they did to Kemp. They have since allowed the images in question and of course apologized. Remember, this wasn't a personal page -- it was a community page devoted to support breastfeeding mothers. They should have realized. Support. That's all we're asking for -- and that includes acceptance. By Facebook and everyone else.
What do you think of Facebook removing (and then reinstating) yet another breastfeeding photo?
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