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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 tenth 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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The above seven photos, from Alexis Hyde, belong to a group banned beginning in the spring of 2010. Six more are on the previous page.

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The above five photos from Amber Plyler were banned about January 3, 2011.

"I have fought to breastfeed Levi through thrush, low milk supply due to PCOS, refusal to latch in the early days,
finally latching with a nipple shield, finally weaning off that nipple shield at 4 months, one nursing strike, tongue tie
that had to be clipped at 6 weeks, extreme weight loss, and more. I take countless herbs, supplements, and
Rx medications daily so that I can almost exclusively breastfed my baby boy. I post my pictures with pride because
I have not quit. I will breastfeed and I will be proud!"

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Banned January29, 2011

"This picture was taken 15 minutes after my daughter Isis Juliette was born on the bathroom floor. I can only imagine the 'reporter' is jealous, because we both look so fabulous."


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The above 14 photos, from Misty-Dawn Kelly, were banned in every month between September 8, 2010 and January 11, 2011. The one in the third row
on the right was banned on September 20, 2010, November 16, 2010, and January 3, 5, and 8, 2011.

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When we were preparing to post the 14 photos from Misty-Dawn Kelly mentioned above, she sent us the two immediately above, banned on
January 19 and 21, 2011. That Facebook didn't delete her account may indicate that its denigration and harassment of breastfeeding mothers and their photos
is temporarily taking a different turn. The only conclusion to draw with certainty is that Facebook has never known what it has been doing in its unjust,
harmful censorship.

Misty-Dawn writes: "I don't understand why it is so wrong for a mother to show a picture of her nourishing her child with the main source that God has placed on her body.
Breasts were not intended to be a sexual object. If so, then why do they make milk? I wish we could just desexualize a woman's breasts."

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Banned February 4, 2011

This photo was removed from the very active Facebook group "The Leaky B@@b."

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Banned February 10, 2011

"The photo had been uploaded to the Facebook group The Leaky B@@b. To be told off for uploading photos of breastfeeding babies to a breastfeeding group is just insulting.

"I hate the implication that any photos of my children could be seen as sexual. Facebook is sexualizing breastfeeding and making it out to be something other than the innocent and natural act that it is. I'm a breastfeeding mother, not a child pornographer!"

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Banned February 15, 2011

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This is Rachel Valley feeding her twins in the Boobie Beanie hats made by Sara Hanson. On February 12, 2011, a photo represented by the small, lightly shaded rectangle was banned by Facebook twice. Then it removed the entire account of the Boobie Beanies.

The Boobie Beanies are here, including, of course, the photo that Facebook deemed harmful to children.

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Banned February 13, 2011, also from The Leaky B@@b page.


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Banned in early January 2011; photos from Caroline Gauthier. Note the flower in the first picture (left) and the
replacement "hohoho" (centre) in the otherwise identical image. All banned from The Leaky B@@b.

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Banned in late October 2010. Facebook shut down Lisa's whole account over this picture, as usual without discussion, consultation, notice, or reason.

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