Sunday, January 09, 2011

Facebook, you are hypocritical

Mark Zuckerberg, owner of facebook, needs to explain himself. He has some sort of immature problem with women's breasts. He clearly can not tell the difference between the natural purpose of them and the obscenity of pornography. Because - surprise - once again breastfeeding mothers have been discriminated against. On his own page he says, "I'm trying to make the world a more open place by helping people connect and share." Oh, what a wonderful person you are, Mr. Z! Thank you for being so awesome! Your little sentence makes us appreciate how amazing facebook is! You have made a wonderful Eutopia for us all.

HA. Not. As a breastfeeding mother, I am irate. 

Time and time again, personal pictures of breastfeeding, and sometimes women's entire accounts, are deleted under the claim that they violated the Terms of Use. How on earth can breastfeeding pictures do this? Well, they don't. But let me explain facebook's bloopy logic behind this stupidity. Facebook tries to keep their site clean by forbiding the posting of any pictures that are obscene. We appreciate their efforts to prevent pornographic images from entering the site. So when an obscene picture is posted, a facebook alarm goes off, and one of facebook's workers removes the picture. 

At least, that's what they'd like us to believe. But it doesn't happen like that. Not all obscene pictures are removed. Actually, RARELY are the real obscene pictures removed. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to find sexually explicit images while searching facebook. These degrading pictures of women flourish on the website without removal no matter how many times they are reported. Instead, facebook saves that right of removal for beautiful images of a baby drinking the BEST food for him/her. Then the facebook gods of decency hail from on high.

Today, the Earthy Motherhood fanpage was removed for violating Facebook Terms of Use. Among many other natural topics of the site, one large focus was breastfeeding support. In the beginning of this month, another wonderful source for breastfeeding, The Leaky B@@b, was removed from facebook as well. After much protesting from thousands of users and negative media attention, facebook finally reinstated the page with a lousy excuse claiming "a glitch." Seriously?

No, a glitch is when facebook chat is not working (surprise!).  A glitch is when your comments take forever to post. A glitch is when your tags don't save. A glitch is not manual, exclusive, and repeated removal of breastfeeding content. Breastfeeding has been a target for years. It absolutely has to stop. Sometimes I want to delete my facebook account in protest for their boobophobia. Instead, I have joined these protests to make my voice heard.

Bring Back Earthy Motherhood!
Hey, Facebook! Breastfeeding is not obscene.
Stop deleting mother support groups on fb
If breastfeeding offends you, put a blanket over YOUR head

If you know of any others, share them! Share this post. Spread the word.

*Another blog about this. Great message, gross pics. Be warned.*

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