Facebook: Why Does My Baby's Lunch Offend You?

Author: Kim Bayne
Published: November 18, 2012 at 7:13 am

Gina Crosley-Corcoran is the latest victim of Facebook’s penchant for removing photos of mothers and babies sharing a breastfeed.

Facebook’s persistant takedown of photographs of breastfeeding mothers and infants, regarding the pictures as obscene and offensive, violates their own policies and is grossly discriminatory towards women and breastfeeding. Facebook's defense for the removal of breastfeeding photographs rests on their Statement of Rights & Responsibilities which outlines in their Community Standards Policy that they have a strict no pornography policy and impose limitations on the display of nudity. In the same paragraph they further identify family photos of a child breastfeeding as an instance where they will ‘aspire to respect people’s right to share photos of personal importance’.

My first issue here is the likening of an exposed breast that is nourishing a child to pornography. While they do not explicitly refer to breastfeeding as pornography, the inference is there by including breastfeeding within the same parameters of their Policy that prohibit pornography. There is nothing remotely sexual about a child breastfeeding and likening it to pornography is both ignorant and offensive. If breastmilk came from elbows this would not even be an issue. People who see a picture of a child breastfeeding and think anything other than ‘awwww,’ are the people with the problem here, not the mothers who desire to capture the that fleeting moment of childhood in a photograph and share it with friends on Facebook.

Secondly, people are choosing to publish a whole gamut of material that directly contravenes Facebook’s Community Standards Policy. I have a mere 115 friends and within the course of my day I will see at least two text/graphics of a racist nature under the guise of being funny and multiple pictures of women in various states of undress, usually in sexually explicit poses. Luckily for my friends, I am not easily offended.

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