This Transgender Woman Is Challenging Facebook And Instagram's Nudity Policy

This Transgender Woman Is Challenging Facebook And Instagram's Nudity Policy

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Model Courtney Demone is photographically documenting the growth of her breasts in an attempt to discover at what point Facebook and Instagram will warrant them "female" enough for censorship. Demone, 24, is a trans woman from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, currently undergoing hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that will make her breasts grow larger. She is posting topless photos of herself on her social media accounts using the hashtag #DoIHaveBoobsNow to see when the networks will deem her breasts as violating their nudity policies. Facebook and Instagram both have strict nudity policies regarding female nipples with the exception of breastfeeding and post-mastectomy photos.

“At some point my breasts are going to be big enough that these social media networks will have deemed them worthy of censorship,” Demone told BuzzFeed Canada.

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Demone's project aptly named "Free All Bodies" has inspired other trans women to post photos using the hashtags #DoIHaveBoobsNow and #FreeAllBodies and challenge these double standard policies. Her project not only questions the social media platforms' nudity policies but also how they view gender.

“Their policies are to censor topless women’s bodies and they’re not doing it to me, what assumptions are they making about me?” asked Demone.

Demone's #FreeAllBodies project takes the popular "Free The Nipple" campaign a step further. "Free The Nipple" is a 2014 film by director Lina Esco, which has evolved into an equality movement and has sparked national attention. Utilizing the hashtag, #FreeTheNipple, this movement strives to put an end to female oppression and censorship. The campaign has garnered support from numerous celebrities, including Miley Cyrus, Cara Delevingne and Lena Dunham.

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In her piece "Do I Have Boobs Now?" for Mashable, Demone and co-author Cynthia Williams recognize the "Free The Nipple" campaign's efforts but argue that it has failed to acknowledge those who have differing body types.

"#FreeTheNipple has demonstrated the sexism, hyper-sexualization and absurdity behind society’s scandalization of women’s nipples in a way everyone can clearly observe and understand...However, #FreeTheNipple has failed to show the diverse ways in which people with differing bodies are sexualized, fetishized, exoticized and shamed," wrote Demone and Williams.

Demone said that the overall response to her project has been supportive and positive. She knows that she alone cannot change these policies, but she hopes that the social media networks will at least take notice.

“If I get the opportunity to talk to somebody from Facebook or Instagram, that would be my dream," Demone said.

You can follow Demone’s project on her Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr profiles.

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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

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Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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