Late last Saturday, we posted a short blurb announcing a virtual nurse-in protest against Facebook by nursing mothers who objected to Facebook's policy of removing certain pictures of women nursing their children. This morning, Reuters UK has a bit of a follow-up on the protest story and the petition spawned as part of it:
But Facebook's decision to ban some breast-feeding photos has angered some users, including U.S. mother Kelli Roman whose photograph of her feeding her daughter was removed by Facebook.
The petition has now attracted more than 80,000 names and over 10,000 comments, reigniting the old debate about the rights or wrongs of breast-feeding in public.
Facebook's primary objection, according to spokesman Barry Schnitt, was that images showing "a fully exposed breast (as defined by showing the nipple or areola) do violate those terms (on obscene, pornographic or sexually explicit material) and may be removed." Accordingly, the Reuters piece included this written objection from one woman:
"I find it offensive that (Facebook) can remove my photo but not the close up picture of a thonged backside I (have) seen on a friend's page or remove the "what kama sutra position are you?" quiz application," she wrote.
That, of course, makes perfect sense. It's less sexually explicit to post a thonged backside than a mother nursing her child? But Facebook wouldn't be deterred:
Schnitt said the company had called many U.S. media groups during the course of the protest to ask to place an advert related to breast-feeding that showed a woman breast-feeding her child with a fully exposed breast. None agreed.
After the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction fiasco, perhaps news agencies are a tad sensitive1 -- yet the act of tearing off a woman's shirt as a simulated act of violence during a song and exposing her breast vs. the natural act of nursing a hungry child do appear to be different matters entirely.
Over the flip, a completely different subject: another missing white woman who is now believed to have ended her own life.