One person's obscene is another person's artwork, right? The age-old debate about breast feeding in public or showing pictures of moms breastfeeding has been sparked again after Facebook has begun removing images of mothers breast-feeding their children from the site.
Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt said no action is taken on most breast-feeding photos because they follow the site terms of agreement according to Reuters. Schnitt said in a statement, "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."
Schnitt also points out that the majority of photos that Facebook acts on are brought to their attention by other users who have complained about the images. The ban of breast feeding images by Facebook has led some users to sign an online petition called "Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!"
Protesters have also held a virtual nurse-in on Facebook and held a demonstration outside of Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto. The online petition has so far gathered over 80,000 names and over 10,000 comments that have reignited the debate about breast-feeding in public.
One mother who had an image removed from her page of her breast feeding her child told Reuters, "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."
Facebook has tried to illustrate the fact that it is not alone in banning images of breast-feeding women. According to Schnitt Facebook called many media groups in the U.S. during the protest and asked to place an ad related to breast feeding that showed the woman feeding with a fully exposed breast. Facebook says that none of the outlets it contacted would agree to let the ad run.
quote: Ironically enough, the protesting women in favor of breastfeeding pictures are the EXACT ones who would protest naked pictures of girls on the site
quote: I agree. "this is beautiful and natural and the girls are just being slutty" im sure is what they say in their minds.
quote: Wouldn't it be easier to pump at home and put some of your breast milk in a bottle and give it to junior while you're out and about in public?
quote: go feed him in the bathroom
quote: Here is my question: why are the people who complained looking at someone else's pictures? Obviously these pictures belong to someone who is not part of your "network", or you'd know to expect these pictures.
quote: Women don't breastfeed in public to be exhibitionists. They feed in public because there is no place better suited for them at the time.
quote: There aren't usually designated places for women to breastfeed.
quote: It isn't a simple issue, which is why most places at least in the US have laws protecting a woman's right to breast feed in any public place they have a right to be in.
quote: Amen. Any time a baby starts crying on a plane, I have the urge to throw it into the engine. I pray that when I become a parent, I will retain the common sense I have today and only fly if absolutely necessary.
quote: How is pumping beforehand and carrying around bottles easier than leaving it where it belongs until it needs to be used? One requires lugging around stuff, the other doesn't. There's absolutely nothing easier about pumping. The only reason to pump is if the baby is going to need fed while the mom isn't there (ie working mom).
quote: Women should be able to breastfeed anywhere. There are simple cover ups that allow breastfeeding without showing everything off. Many, if not most, women use them when in public.
quote: Just do it somewhere else please
quote: Pumping is time consuming, and in the words of my wife "makes you feel like a cow being milked."
quote: ...have to come to terms with the FACT that in her deepest darkest corner of her psyche', your wife is being sexually stimulated by the fact that she's breastfeeding in public with strangers all around her...
quote: She doesn't NEED to do it in public. Or post pics of it on Facebook.
quote: Are there any parents here who agree with Reclaimer77's point of view?
quote: Please look up the meaning of voyeur. I'm pretty sure you're using it incorrectly.
quote: As for saying "nobody" wants to see it, that is a very general statement--you don't speak for everyone.
quote: If you think doing it in public is some way of "sharing" your feelings with other complete strangers, then no, I'm pretty sure I AM using it correctly.
quote: 1: one obtaining sexual gratification from observing unsuspecting individuals who are partly undressed, naked, or engaged in sexual acts ; broadly : one who habitually seeks sexual stimulation by visual means2: a prying observer who is usually seeking the sordid or the scandalous
quote: Just accept the fact that breast feeding is a natural thing.
quote: But people can put what they want on facebook.
quote: She goes into another room, or goes out to her car. She does not even feed in the living room when company is over. This is not shame or puritanism (she's quite liberal). This is DIGNITY and RESPECT for others. SHE does not like seeing boobs in public, and gives others the respect of not subjecting them to uncomfortable situations, while it is also somewhat of a private and sacred ritual she shares only with her child and no one else.. Breastfeeding is natural, healthy and good (God invented it after all.) But public displays are unnecessary in modern society, and can only be explained by exhibitionism and a lack of respect for those around you.
quote: But there is no situation where you HAVE to pull out your tit in public and smash your babies face into it.
quote: In the land of the free, you can't feed your baby when it needs it? Nice.
quote: ..at the slavering jowls of the fetid slugs
quote: ..affixing some pasty, chubby, digusting infant to it.
quote: ..nasty little crotch grubs
quote: ..relentless sucklings of some hideous, unctuous maggot child.
quote: ..blubberous, nursing infant attached
quote: ..parasitic offspring
quote: Most women that I see feeding in public have a shawl or something that they drape over themselves anyway...
quote: Keep in mind though that what is appropriate for an adult might not be appropriate for a child.
quote: it's not the religious people that find breast-feeding offensive
quote: Third, what makes you think we can be "enlightened" by Europeans? What makes them so great? Are their lives so idyllic?
quote: or bush.
quote: Because my humble opinion is that the zealots in the US are out of control and they have WAY too much power.