Facebook: Why Does My Baby's Lunch Offend You? - Page 2
So, why is publishing images of breastfeeding such a contentious issue, at this point of human existence, in 2012? Why are some narrow minded people still finding the most natural way of nourishing babies too offensive and vulgar to be exposed to online? Most importantly, why does Facebook appear to act so swiftly and decisively when it comes to the removal of breastfeeding photographs?
The issue of public breastfeeding has been around for some time, and I don’t have the answers, except to voice my concern that every time an entity as large as Facebook discriminates against breastfeeding and women in this manner, it takes society back to the dark ages. The World Health Organisation recommends children are breastfed until the age of 2. Yet breastfeeding rates worldwide are much lower than this.
Breastfeeding is a function that nature provides, a bodily function as natural as sleeping and toileting, yet some people can’t fathom how natural it is and feel the need to find something obscene about it. Rather than identify their own issues and embrace the rights of mothers to feed their babies where and when it is required, these people project their stigmas onto others and expect entities like Facebook to act for them. Facebook perpetuates the stigma by bowing to the complaints of the few and removing photographs under the guise that they are nudity, even when this directly flouts their own Policy.
Gina Crosley-Corcoran plans to flood Facebook with breastfeeding photos in the next few days in an attempt to normalize breastfeeding on social media. I would encourage every woman who reads this and Gina’s story to do the same. Because breastfeeding is normal.