Monday, December 22, 2008

Controversy is Mother's Milk

A new group called "Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!(Official petition to Facebook)" complains that Facebook users who post wholesome breastfeeding images are having their content removed from the site as objectionable and are threatened with having their user accounts deleted.

Recently, Facebook has started 'pulling a myspace' by not allowing people to post profile pictures of babies nursing. The pictures have been reported as 'obscene' and have been removed- their posters warned not to repost or fear being kicked off of Facebook.

We're wondering: what about a baby breastfeeding is obscene? Especially in comparison to MANY other pictures posted all over Facebook that really are obscene.

Facebook, we expect more from you, and we expect you to realize that nursing moms everywhere have a right to show pictures of their babies eating, just like bottle-fed babies have a right to be seen. In an effort to appease the closed-minded, you are only serving to be detrimental to babies, women, and society.

**Facebook, allow breastfeeding pictures, and stop classifying them as obscene!**

Perhaps even this image, from the state-sanctioned MedlinePlus encyclopedia of the National Institutes of Health would be considered a violation of the Facebook user agreement.

However, at least one blogger has argued that the move protects the women's privacy and that lactivists should form their own social network site that is better tailored to their needs.

Since my children are now old enough to be on Facebook, I will spare my friends on the popular social network site my own contributions to the genre, which might be tempting to post in protest otherwise. After all, I once had plenty of super-cute pictures of babies nursing as well, so I understand the urge for sharing with other women.

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