Breathtaking Childbirth Photo Is Banned From Facebook but Sexy Mom Shots Can Stay

Morag Hastings of Apple Blossom Families shares remarkable photo

No two images are alike (that's a given), but does that mean one gets preferential treatment over the other? Morag Hastings is a Canadian birth photographer and doula who's calling bullsh*t after Facebook banned her page for showing a childbirth photo. With all the stuff we see online, you have to ask, what's up with that?

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Look, I get that not everyone wants to see a photo of a mother delivering a baby standing up -- and see how freaking awesome it was for Morag to capture it on camera -- but if we have to witness yet another booty shot or nude picture of a Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, or some other celebrity, why can't we see this?

Last week my client birthed her 8lbs 4oz baby girl into her hands standing up! This is her waiting for the next...

Posted by Apple Blossom Families on Monday, March 14, 2016

Even though Morag's Facebook page, Apple Blossom Families, is back up and running, this mother of three was dumbfounded when she realized she got hit with a 30-day ban. According to Facebook Community Standards, they "remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks."

(Well, what about focused baby heads, Mark Zuckerberg? Because that's what the photo in question all about.)

Ouch that hurts. I guess this is Facebook's way of saying their platform is not a place for supporting woman celebrating birth and motherhood. I hear you Facebook, your message is clear you can remove my years of hard work without even the option of having a conversation or a place to dispute your misguided regulations. If your intention is to keep showing women as sexualized objects and keep out images of woman being powerful in a natural way, you are succeeding. It is 2016 it is time that facebook updates its policies around nudity and birth or the women and men of this world will rise up and let you know this is not OK. We do not need to show vulva's and fully exposed buttocks' but we do need to be able to share images of our babies being born in ways that can inspire women to take charge of their births. To be able to do this we need to be able to share images that show a bit of leg and maybe a bit of blood. We need to not feel scared and oppressed by your lack of education around women's bodies acting in a natural way. I want to spend my days inspiring women not fighting the world's largest social media platform to share images of women being powerful. Get with the times its 2016, women are way more than a piece of ass and we are not scared to say so. #FBstopbullying #motherhood #discrimination #educationstartshere #notjustforsex #womansbodiesrock #birth #education #2016 #womenaremorethansexual #birthisbeautiful #birthisnotporn #birthphotography #birthphotographer #appleblossomfamilies I hope my 22,000 Facebook followers will come join me here. � Please let your friends know.

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And what about those Kardashians and everyone else who literally shows their a**? Do they get a pass -- or some special permission slip -- that makes their photos okay?

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#liberated #confidence thats what birthing women should feel when they share their birth images and I shouldn't feel scared to post educational material. Facebook has a double standard when it comes to birth images and it needs to be stopped. I have been put on a 30 day ban and my business page has been threatened to be unpublished for posting an image that fits inside of Fb's community Standards and I can't defend myself as they don't have a place to dispute. � It's 2016 change needs to happen and it needs to happen soon. Feel free to repost or go here http://tiny.cc/bringbackABF for a less graphic meme to share. #appleblossomfamilies #FBStopCensoringBirth #bringbackAppleBlossomFamiles #womenarebeautiful #birthisnotporn #birthisbeautiful #birthphotography #getwiththetimes #birthphotographer #standingtogether @birthwithoutfear @bumpbirthandbeyond

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I'm not a person who enjoys oversharing -- or trying to scroll through endless posts of people who do. But ... I don't see what's wrong with this birth photo, especially when there are so many sexualized (and oversexualized) pics and videos floating all up and through Facebook -- not to mention gross shared videos of popping pimples, endless amounts of earwax, or something with poop.

(Hey, not the same thing.)

We're not talking about trying to show "the natural act" of making a child here, but rather a striking image that stirs up some sort of emotion inside of you. (Maybe you love it, maybe it causes your mouth to drop, and maybe you hate it.)

As prudish as I can get, I love what Morag said in her blog post about using birth images to inspire women:

"We need to be able to share images of our babies being born in ways that can inspire women to take charge of their births."

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It's okay if you aren't into this photo. (No one says you have to like a page about birth photos.) But that doesn't mean that photos of childbirth should get banned because they "violate" a nudity clause. Just thinking about that makes me wonder about the type of message we're sending: It's okay to show your breasts and butt -- for the sake of art and sex appeal -- but documenting the moment a woman brings life into this world ... that's just horrendous.

Um, okay ...

 

Image via Apple Blossom Families/Facebook

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