Friday, 15 March 2013

Breastfeeding Hypocrisy

Once again breastfeeding and pumping pictures are being banned from Facebook. Why is this important? Numerous bloggers and administrators are being banned for reasons that run the gamut of normalizing breastfeeding to addressing Facebook's double standard.  I am a breastfeeding mother and I support it 100%. We are not attention seeking. We just want to feed our children in peace. Without assmptions, threats or accusations. We do not weaken or threaten society. We uphold it. We are raising the future in a completely normal way. Some of us are able to breastfed and should be able to do so in peace. Pictures of bottle fed babies are normal, why aren't nursing babies?

Freedom of Speech

There is nothing wrong with expressing your feelings. It is enshrined in the Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 

While you aren't not supposed to go against the rights of others, how do breastfeeding and pumping pictures hurt others?  Children are nourished and healthy. This pictures are not meant to raise guilt in mothers who formula feed. If you do feel guilty, reporting these images benefits no one. If you feel disgusted by these images- well I think you are deconstructing this a little too much. Why do you think breastfeeding a child is wrong? Does it make you feel uncomfortable? Does watching a polar bear nurse their young upset you? It is a mammalian trait.  Nursing needs to be normalized.  Nursing in public is hard enough without people passing judgement. The same can be said of pumping. Pumping is hard work whether it is for your own child or to donate. Why shouldn't you be able to take pictures of your hard work? 

Facebook's Policy

Facebook seems to have no quarrel with nursing mothers. Here is the word straight from Facebook's Nudity and Pornography section:

''Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved. We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo's David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.'

That seems to indicate that no harm should befall breastfeeding pictures. They are not pornographic or sexual. That problem is a social construction.
Why are woman only seen as sexual when they are multifunctional beings. They are are give birth, feed their children and while these are natural, intimate acts, it does not make them sexual. There are health benefits for mother and child.

Pumping pictures are also beautiful. Mothers who pump take pride in this. They may not be able to breastfed and want to celebrate as well. Pumping pictures can also serve an educational purpose. 

Double Standard 

There is a huge double standard. Why are men allowed to show nipples? They have a sexual purpose.  Many users, TMM admin included have found pictures that are more pornographic   than these photos. I am not sharing on this blog as it is family oriented.  I do believe that the human body is beautiful in its form. What annoys me is that is people are worried about breastfeeding pictures while there are pictures 1000x worse. Yet time and time again, Facebook says these sexualized issues are not against their policy. 

Child pornography- 

There is actually a cause on Facebook all about this. If you know where to look there are pornographic pictures on facebook. This is detrimental and what we should be concerned.  This is sickening and is not related to a mother breastfeeding. Facebook says their policies are anti pornographic, photos tell otherwise.

Breastfeeding is Beautiful (And Normal) 
Why is this even a problem in the 21st century. You can find stunning examples of women breastfeeding in art and sculpture throughout history. There is is even a facebook page lol!

This is me and the babe. This is what it is all about at the end of the day. If we are able to successfully get past various issues, love is the connection. If you believe  in allowing breastfeeding pictures please sign this petition. Whether you breastfeed, use formula, a man, a woman, a grandma, what you are and identify with, you can still support breastfeeding. For  example one of the best indicators of successful breastfeeding is having a supportive significant other. Just like this petition needs your support.

If you want to read more about this ban, check out this link.
Also here are more links that support BF: 

The Leaky Boob
The Badass Breastfeeder

update- one of the photos was reportedly "accidentally deleted' and replaced. 

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