Why Are Social Media Companies So Afraid Of Nipples?

Why Are Social Media Companies So Afraid Of Nipples?

The Free the Nipple campaign explained.
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The “Free the Nipple” campaign is not exactly new. Women have been working to desexualize the female nipple for a while, but the way social media companies have responded is especially interesting and frustrating.

Instagram combats posts of nudity with:

“We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too".

Facebook deals with it this way:

"We remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks. We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures."

Twitter doesn't really have an issue with nudity. They ask that tweets be marked as "sensitive media" if they contain graphic content and "gratuitous images of death" may be removed.

Essentially Instagram and Facebook are managing to discriminate against the female nipple by categorizing it as "graphic" and "sexual." But don't worry, breastfeed and post-mastectomy scars are okay–no doubt as a response to the public's outrage over the idea that a photo of a mother actively breastfeeding or a survivor of breast cancer might be labeled "graphic" or "sexual." While it is obviously a step in the direction that these photos be allowed on sites, they don't usually contain a nipple. So what is the deal with female nipples being so scary?

To further emphasize the ridiculousness of bans on female nipples in images on social media, women have been fighting the censorship by encouraging the use of this image below.

The Free the Nipple documentary seeks to combat the stigma and censorship of female nipples. The site for the movie explains the movement as such:

"Free The Nipple is a film, an equality movement, and a mission to empower women across the world. We stand against female oppression and censorship, both in the United States and around the globe. Today, in the USA it is effectively ILLEGAL for a woman to be topless, breastfeeding included, in 35 states. In less tolerant places like Louisiana, an exposed nipple can take a woman to jail for up to three years and cost $2,500 in fines. Even in New York City, which legalized public toplessness in 1992, the NYPD continues to arrest women. We’re working to change these inequalities through film, social media, and a grassroots campaign."

The photoshopping campaign proves that male and female nipples are visually the same. So why is there a problem with women going topless, even when breastfeeding? Why is the female nipple, a body part related to giving humans life so "graphic" and "sexual." And where do non-binary identifying people fall on what I'll call the nipple appropriateness scale? Nipples that are on top of mammary glands, fat, muscles, silicone etc. should all ultimately be treated the same.

Cover Image Credit: Brisbane Times

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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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.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

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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What Does It Mean To 'Live Through History'?

We are all living through a historic moment in time.

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We are all living through a historic moment in time. Years from now our lives will appear in full sections of our children's textbooks, and our grandchildren will ask in awe about what it was like to live in this era.

At least, that's what nearly everyone seems to think.

But what, exactly, does that even mean? Hasn't every person ever alive technically "lived through history"? What makes us so different now?

I obviously don't know any definite answers to any of those questions. But maybe one answer lies in how much people don't know about history.

I don't think we are living in a time we as a global society have never seen before. Mankind has seen the rise of populism before. It has seen sweeping political unrest before.

America has seen quite a great deal in her history as well. She has seen xenophobia and racism plenty; she has seen populist presidents and resentment towards them plenty, too.

So what exactly is different? Really, not that much.

People often say we will all look back on this time and wonder how we lived through it. Some claim we are living through a truly monumental period of time in mankind's history. But I think we are simply aware of the fact that we are living, and that the present has consequences for the future.

Maybe that is really all it means to "live through history"; we know that we are living. We have all somehow become hyper-focused on the fact that we are alive, and the fact that people from the future will look at us as the past.

I think that means we have become too focused on ourselves and not focused enough on what is happening around us.

That's a problem.

The events, attitudes and turmoil that we are calling history are, for us at least, happening in real time. Everything we describe as history is still very much the present.

We need to stay focused on our present before we worry about what our children's textbooks will say about us. If we do nothing but wallow in our own misery, or confusion, or pride or anything else, we will accomplish nothing.

I think we could all stand to think a little less about ourselves as the future's past. Every generation, after all, is someone's history. We aren't any different.

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