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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 13th 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.

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.

FB393.jpg Photo from María Meléndez

Banned February 3, 2012

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Photos from Crystal Meeker. Banned in September 2009 (left) and on July 4, 2010 (right).

FB403.jpg Photo from Lucy Allen

Banned in July 2011

FB404.jpg Photo titled "Natural Habitat" from Heather Cushman-Dowdee

Banned in September 2011, and certainly not the only comic by this celebrated artist to have been banned by Facebook. Her website is here.

FB405.jpg Photo from Stella Onions

Banned January 13, 2012

FB406.jpg Photo from Emma Kwasnica

Banned on an unknown date. Emma is the leader of the campaign to have Facebook stop banning photos of breastfeeding.

FB407.jpg Photo from Beautiful Breastfeeding

Banned February 5, 2012

FB408.jpg Photo from Lynda Albritton

Banned February 6, 2012

"It may have been removed over the weekend, but February 6 is the day I logged in and got the warning, the day of the global and online Facebook nurse-in. How's that for irony? I had to go thru a big security check too, just to log in. I feel violated, like I was just groped by a security guard at the airport because I had a finger-nail clipper in my purse!

"I don't get what's obscene or offensive about this pic, and I don't consider it nudity or pornography. Facebook has issues, Freudian in nature, I think."

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Banned (left to right, above) in January2008; in summer 2010; on December 12, 2011. Photos from Amy McNally.

FB412.jpg Photo from Crystal Meeker

Banned in 2010

FB413.jpg Photo from Lindsey Ward

Banned in 2010 or 2011

FB414.jpg Photo from Laureen Gamba

Banned February 7, 2012. Facebook handed out hats, then banned this photograph.

"I absolutely believe that Facebook, being as powerful as it is, really has a wonderful opportunity to normalize breastfeeding so people do not continue to believe it should be a private act, something to be done under a cover, etc. It is feeding a baby the way that nature intended and not obscene."


 

FB415.jpg Photo from April Bevin

Banned in mid-2010

FB416.jpg Photo from Penny Smallwood

Banned February 10, 2012

The above photo is the last of 400 banned breastfeeding images posted on this site, deleted by Facebook between July 2007 and February 2012.
Facebook's statements about this problem, from then until now, have been false, providing unrelieved evidence of its ignorance, arrogance, bigotry,
and world-wide bullying of women. For seven reasons why nothing Facebook has said is true, go here.

Since this collection closed, in February 2012, Facebook has continued to delete many breastfeeding photos of every sort, words of information
about breastfeeding, accounts of breastfeeding supporters, and much more supposedly connected to breastfeeding that has nothing to do with it
or with being offensive or dangerous to anyone. Its conversation with Emma Kwasnica about this subject in January 2012 promoted, as expected,
a bunch of its false claims. Its new claim that breastfeeding photos are connected to child pornography goes beyond even Facebook's customary
manipulative stupidity.

There is no social media or networking site we know of that deserves less respect.

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