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HEY, FACEBOOK, BREASTFEEDING IS NOT OBSCENE!

These pages are dedicated to breastfeeding women everywhere. They provide what is needed in the start of life. Breastfeeding is a very important act in nurturing children, and often a highlight in the life and memory of women, as the photos below suggest.

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Here we present the ninth page of photos banned from the social utility Facebook, as well as a few that haven't been. With several hundred million users, Facebook still removes from its pages photographs of women breastfeeding, despite complaints about that practice beginning as long ago as June 2007.

Facebook claimed that breastfeeding photos violated its terms of service if they showed "an entire breast." Eventually it dropped the vagueness and the euphemism and claimed that all photos with a visible nipple or areola were "obscene," "pornographic," or "sexually explicit." This claim by Facebook is at odds with legislation, case law, and actual practice throughout the USA. In addition, breastfeeding itself is allowed in public, exposed breasts or not, in almost all states in the country. By its attitude and action, Facebook is wrong. It demeans and stigmatizes women and breastfeeding.

In May 2009, the same Facebook spokesperson responsible for the above claims said that Facebook removes only a small number of photos of naked women breastfeeding. That would be funny if it weren't so ignorant. Facebook also claims that images of breasts harm children. That's absurd. Facebook wrongly uses children as an excuse for its immaturity and errors.

Facebook is undoubtedly a great utility, both useful and fun. Its worldwide acceptance on the Internet confers upon it a responsibility to do better.

The protest against Facebook's removal of many breastfeeding photos isn't really about legality. It's not even about rights. It's about what is right.

Number of photos in this collection: 416. Of those, 400 have been banned, some more than once. The few others are here for comparison. Comments from the photos' owners are often illuminating. Note that many thousands more photos have been banned than we have collected.

In recent times, whole accounts have been removed by Facebook over one beautiful, important, helpful, legal photo. Facebook also uses inappropriate skin-recognition software to present targeted users with many randomly chosen photos of theirs to delete on threat of losing their account. Unlike comparable sites, Facebook has appointed itself the world's moralistic photo vigilante, deploying these and similar tactics well known from large tyrannical European states of the 20th century. Its ignorant, crass, inexcusable censorship, which it attempts to justify with glib spin that is false in every detail, also indirectly supports the USA's longstanding dehumanizing manipulation of women's bodies and its high rate of violence against them.


Our NON-DISCLAIMER re photos

Many sites would carry a warning: Keep away if you're under 18! NSFW!

We don't believe in that. Women's breasts in photos like these bother no one except those who have unfortunately been trained to be embarrassed by them or to control them when they have no right to.


We posted most of the photos at the same height. We acknowledge that some appeared on Facebook bigger, and a few smaller. The effect a photo has depends on size, among other things. Also, we cannot guarantee how things like colour or contrast appear, because they depend on individual monitors.

Photographs on this site are not to be reproduced in any location or in any medium or format without the prior consent of the owner of the photograph, except as permitted by law. Neither TERA nor its proprietors, members, or site host assumes any responsibility for what is posted, with which they may or may not agree. Comments may have been edited for clarity or legal reasons.

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Banned November 16, 2010

FB268.jpg Photo from Maria Guidos-Albert

Banned November 16, 2010. This old picture of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in a breastfeeding scene was deleted from Maria's account when she posted it as part of a virtual nurse-in in support of Guggie Daly, whose account Facebook had deleted because of her breastfeeding advocacy.

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Banned November 16, 2010

"This photo is of my 4th child nursing in bed just 2 hours after our homebirth. I posted it on the Facebook Nurse-in page and just a few hours later, it was removed.

"Each picture is just a precious moment that mothers and babies share and in no way could be considered obscene or offensive!"

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Banned November 20, 2010

FB271.jpg Photo from Karyn Loftesness

Banned November 21, 2010. The boys are 2.5 years old and 4 months.

This is another photo protesting the removal of the account of Guggie Daly from Facebook.

FB272.jpg Photo from Leslie Westenhaver

Banned November 22, 2010

FB273.jpg Photo from Karyn Loftesness

Banned December 4, 2010


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All five photos above, banned in mid-2010, are from Amy Frank.

FB279.jpg Photo from Amy McCarty

Banned December 11, 2010

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The above two photos, from Heather Farley, were banned on December 12 (left) and
December 13 (right), 2010.

FB282.jpg Photo from Rachelle Milner

Banned January 8, 2011

"As a proud breastfeeding mom, I just couldn't help but post my breastfeeding pic while in public, but it's very upsetting to find out that is it considered obscene by Facebook.

"How could something that nourishes a child in the best way possible be obscene and offensive? I am upset but willing to assert 'what is right' for my baby and what is right for the world to see."


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Photos from Sam Robertson banned January 7, 2011 (left and centre) and in late December, 2010 (right)

FB286.jpg Photo from Ellen Kamman

Banned December 16, 2010

"My youngest daughter when she was about two weeks old. She is now 33 months old and still addicted!"

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FB288.jpg Photos from Karah Jackson

Banned in September 2010 (left) and October 2009 (above)

FB289.html Photo from Zuzia (Suzanne) Kucharczyk

Banned January 9, 2011

FB290.jpg Photo from Kristy Craig

Banned January 2 and 3, 2011

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The above six photos, from Alexis Hyde, were banned beginning in the spring of 2010. Seven more are on the next page.

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