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Moms Angered as Breastfeeding Pics Banned on Facebook


The social networking site Facebook has sparked a large debate after recently removing pictures of women breastfeeding on the site. Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt said, "Photos containing 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."

As photos are being taken down from the site, many breastfeeding advocates are furious, and have joined forces in a new group called Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene! (Official petition to Facebook) and nearly 100 thousand folks have joined the group in petition. Fifty-seven percent of lilsugar mamas said they took pictures while nursing, would you sign the petition? Or do you agree with the site's decision to take down the photos?

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Thiefaine Thiefaine 7 years
Like tons of people I don't find breastfeeding obscene at all and breastfeeding in public isn't bad, but it's nice when that women actually tries to cover herself the best she can. I was bashed by at least 5 different moms on a facebook group for saying that when I breastfeed someday, I'll be sure to cover myself. I have the right to my own opinion and can do what I want, do they think that covering yourself and your feeding baby means you're ashamed?? No it doesn't but I don't want strangers (or any male members of my family besides my husband) looking at my bare breast feeding a baby. It's personal and special to me and no one should tell me otherwise.Go ahead and breastfeed in public with or without the blanket but what I don't understand is why a lot of women take pictures of it and post it on the internet????? One woman told me "if you don't like it don't look at it". Um, it's not that I look at it intentionally, pictures like that can pop up when you least expect it (just like actually porn). I'm a little bit mad right now for being blasted by breastfeeding moms just because I said I refuse to leave myself uncovered someday...
Thiefaine Thiefaine 7 years
Like tons of people I don't find breastfeeding obscene at all and breastfeeding in public isn't bad, but it's nice when that women actually tries to cover herself the best she can. I was bashed by at least 5 different moms on a facebook group for saying that when I breastfeed someday, I'll be sure to cover myself. I have the right to my own opinion and can do what I want, do they think that covering yourself and your feeding baby means you're ashamed?? No it doesn't but I don't want strangers (or any male members of my family besides my husband) looking at my bare breast feeding a baby. It's personal and special to me and no one should tell me otherwise. Go ahead and breastfeed in public with or without the blanket but what I don't understand is why a lot of women take pictures of it and post it on the internet????? One woman told me "if you don't like it don't look at it". Um, it's not that I look at it intentionally, pictures like that can pop up when you least expect it (just like actually porn). I'm a little bit mad right now for being blasted by breastfeeding moms just because I said I refuse to leave myself uncovered someday...
fitfiend fitfiend 7 years
There is a simple alternative...It is called Wee Web (http://www.wee-web.com). It allows parents to post and share pictures with only their closest friends and family. It does not ban breastfeeding. While I use Facebook, with baby photos, I opt for Wee Web.
cutefactory cutefactory 7 years
The claim about not showing areola is total BS by the way. There are groups on Facebook that are pretty much nothing but collections of pictures of boobies. They may not be profile pics, but they are there. And no one is complaining about breasts being shown in a sexual context. I personally don't care if they're shown in a sexual or a nurturing context, they don't offend me. I think it's twisted that breastfeeding is viewed in a sexual light, but then I also find it twisted that the sexual is so often vilified as pornographic.
cutefactory cutefactory 7 years
The claim about not showing areola is total BS by the way. There are groups on Facebook that are pretty much nothing but collections of pictures of boobies. They may not be profile pics, but they are there. And no one is complaining about breasts being shown in a sexual context. I personally don't care if they're shown in a sexual or a nurturing context, they don't offend me. I think it's twisted that breastfeeding is viewed in a sexual light, but then I also find it twisted that the sexual is so often vilified as pornographic.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
phatE that's what pinkprincess said. "what i don't understand is why would anyone want to look at pictures of a woman breastfeeding, or why would anyone want to share those pictures."Scanning through some of the pics of my friends, breastfeeding pics is the least of their worries.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
phatE that's what pinkprincess said. "what i don't understand is why would anyone want to look at pictures of a woman breastfeeding, or why would anyone want to share those pictures." Scanning through some of the pics of my friends, breastfeeding pics is the least of their worries.
phatE phatE 7 years
pinkprincess, you're a little far from reality.. the MAJORITY of people do not enjoy looking at a woman's boob.
phatE phatE 7 years
hey "moms" this is another case of the world doesn't revolve around you.. a petition with a thousand goes to show the majority doesn't agree that breastfeeding pictures should be on facebook.. why do you assume people want to see this? i think it's a beautiful thing, but not to post on a social networking sight.. it's just TMI.. facebook started out as a college networking website, and then added high schools, then networks, and now everyone is welcome.. i am sure there are similar websites for mother's that would allow, and even support breast feeding pictures, status updates, etc.. why not go to those? i really have an issue with this, and hope that whomever posted those takes them off if she ever wants to pursue a job outside of the home, etc.. even if you post your pictures and make them private, it's a public networking site, and it gets out..
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
why the eff would you ever want to post that on the internet?!?!?!?!?!??!?!??!?!
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
i don't find it obscene in the least i think it is natural and beautiful, what i don't understand is why would anyone want to look at pictures of a woman breastfeeding, or why would anyone want to share those pictures
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 7 years
I think breastfeeding is a private moment between baby and mom, and should be kept private. Why do you need to post pictures on the Internet? Our society complains that there is no privacy, but we open ourselves up and then we complain.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 7 years
I don't find it obscene at all, but who in the HELL wants to see you breastfeeding? Keep that $h!t private!!!
Sarana Sarana 7 years
I can see someone having an album for photos of their baby and than there being some breastfeeding photos in it. I don't think it should be deleted. The chance that a stranger or a child would chance upon those photos is very small. And what is with the fear for a child to see a nipple? It's just a nipple, it won't hurt anyone. And most breastfeeding pics don't even show any nipple.
Sarana Sarana 7 years
I can see someone having an album for photos of their baby and than there being some breastfeeding photos in it. I don't think it should be deleted. The chance that a stranger or a child would chance upon those photos is very small. And what is with the fear for a child to see a nipple? It's just a nipple, it won't hurt anyone. And most breastfeeding pics don't even show any nipple.
Greggie Greggie 7 years
In my experience, new moms who expect people to bow down to them were that way before they had kids, too. Being a new mom didn't make them more self-centered, they were that way to begin with.
Mishell Mishell 7 years
I am really shocked that there are women who would have a problem with this. Breasts are for feeding babies. Do you think eating is obscene, or is it only babies eating that is? It is our culture that turned breasts into a sexual object. To sexualize feeding a child, and therefore condem it is really just disgusting to me.
foxie foxie 7 years
It seems to me like most new moms can't stand for the world not to bow down to them, so this doesn't surprise me. I think it's silly to get up-in-arms about Facebook not allowing gross pictures of you breastfeeding your baby, but I also think it would be silly to get up-in-arms about their FB petition group. So... meh.
krae85 krae85 7 years
dammit, I had every intention of posting pictures of my breasts on facebook under the pretense of breast-feeding, NOW what will I do on saturday nights?? lololol
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 7 years
I don't see a problem with the pics unless they were made public. But I can see where they maybe did violate the terms. It's their site and and they can do what they want with it, they just want to make the majority happy. Unfortunately this might backfire on them. I do disagree that breastfeeding is a private issue. Laws make it so that you can breastfeed whenever and where ever and if people give you a a hoot about it they are in big trouble. In my mind I see pics of breastfeeding the same way.
dino-dino dino-dino 7 years
although i'm not particularly interested in looking at those kinds of pictures, i find it a bit hypocritical that i get an obscene amount friend requests from morbidly obese middle-aged turkish men whose pictures are of them topless. their nipples are probably larger and their breasts more developed than around half those of new moms.
Greggie Greggie 7 years
My nephews are teenage boys and aren't freaked by it because they've been with it their own lives. :) I hope to have my boys retain the same attitude. RenSis, by the same token, Facebook must be fair and also remove bikini shots that expose the same amount of skin. They keep saying they are not targeting breastfeeding, and I don't believe they are, but if they allow other inappropriate photos to remain and remove breastfeeding ones, they hurt their cause immensely. In many searches, I've had photos turn up as the profile photo that expose everything but the nipple. Most breastfeeding photos do not expose the areola and certainly don't expose the nipple since the baby's covering it. Consistency and fairness is all they need to do. Facebook also "isn't that place" for a profile picture of a naked woman lying on her stomach with her butt exposed if "many immature children frequently visit."
Greggie Greggie 7 years
My nephews are teenage boys and aren't freaked by it because they've been with it their own lives. :) I hope to have my boys retain the same attitude. RenSis, by the same token, Facebook must be fair and also remove bikini shots that expose the same amount of skin. They keep saying they are not targeting breastfeeding, and I don't believe they are, but if they allow other inappropriate photos to remain and remove breastfeeding ones, they hurt their cause immensely. In many searches, I've had photos turn up as the profile photo that expose everything but the nipple. Most breastfeeding photos do not expose the areola and certainly don't expose the nipple since the baby's covering it. Consistency and fairness is all they need to do. Facebook also "isn't that place" for a profile picture of a naked woman lying on her stomach with her butt exposed if "many immature children frequently visit."
RenSis RenSis 7 years
I can understand why the pictures were removed. Just because some people view the naked body as art and beautiful, doesn't mean it's okay to post pictures of it on websites that MANY imature children frequently visit. Which is exactly what facebook is. That's why they have terms and thats why women can't be offended by this. If these moms really want to share their breatfeeding photos there are websites for moms that will allow them to post such pictures. Facebook just isn't that place!
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