Saturday, July 9, 2016

Nipple Bans

"Artist Micol Hebron is once again barred from Facebook for nipple images. I'm posting this, which she created a while ago, in solidarity. Lots of people think "free the nipple" ideas are trivial or all about sexualization, but bans like this are serious because they shut down multiple ways women object to status quo representations. Women's political and artistic speech is suppressed while objectifying imagery gets a pass and is promoted. Social media company policies, like many city statutes and public ordinances, privilege male-dominant heterosexuality, conflate women’s bodies with indecency and sex (considered a bad thing) and insist that those bodies (and sex) be held in reserve, distributed and consumed according to patriarchal rules.

Many people, seem confounded by expressions of female nudity that are not sexual — because, of course, isn’t male titillation the whole point of women’s nudity? The real question about female nudity isn’t why anyone would want to show or see women’s breasts if they’re not titillating. The real question is about who has the right to say what they’re for, where and when they can be seen and by whom. It is hardly alone, either, in hiding women's toplessness when news of protests or artistic commentary include pictures, etc. The concern on platforms like this one is that pornography will flood the site, a huge moderation expense. Facebook manages context and nuance when it comes to other areas of concern however, and has made positive changes to allow breastfeeding and post mastectomy images. As it is though "good women" whose photos can be seen are those who have suffered or are making their bodies useful for babies."

via Soraya Chemaly

The owner of the Bare Reality page is also banned for 30 days again for posting a photo of her book cover from Amazon.

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