CHICAGO — In an outrageous move, Facebook suspended Gina Crosley-Corcoan, the admin of the blog the Feminist Breeder for one week last week, and again for another 168 hours just a few minutes ago.
Why was she suspended?
Because in each instance, Facebook took offense to photos of her breastfeeding.
As a both a nudist and a feminist, I am outraged over the fact that Ms. Crosley-Corcoan was suspended over a harmless photo. The Huffington Post has more.
As Crosley-Corcoran says on her blog, the photo was generally well received — 1,500 people “liked” it and 40 people shared it. But one Facebook commenter didn’t find the image or caption funny and left the comment: “Those are the kids that end up growing up to be sex offenders.”
Crosley-Corcoran screenshot the comment and posted it to her own blog. The commenter reported Crosley-Corcoran to Facebook. Two days later, Facebook removed the photo for being “inappropriate,” and suspended Crosley-Corcoran from the site for three days. The blogger was outraged; she felt as though the photo did not violate Facebook’s rules at all.
In January of this year, when mother of three Emma Kwasnica found herself suspended from Facebook for posting breastfeeding images (over 200 of them, more specifically), a Facebook rep told The Huffington Post:
“We agree that breastfeeding is natural and we are very glad to know that it is important for mothers, including the many mothers who work at Facebook, to share their experience with others on the site. The vast majority of breastfeeding photos are compliant with our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Facebook takes no action on such content. However, photos which contain a fully exposed breast, do violate our terms and may be removed if they are reported to us.”
On February 7, 60 mothers staged a nurse-in at Facebook in Menlo Park, Calif. to protest Facebook’s ban on breastfeeding photos, much in the same manner that thousands of people in San Francisco staged a nude-in to protest an unconstitutional proposal that bans public nudity in the city.
I consider actions such as those taken by Facebook and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to be in direct violation of basic human rights. Breastfeeding and nudity are NOT in any way, form or fashion pornographic. People who think that breastfeeding and nudity are pornographic seriously need to be put in an asylum because there is something wrong with them if they think of breastfeeding and nudity in that manner.
Breastfeeding and nudity are NOT pornographic, they are NOT obscene, and they are perfectly NORMAL. It is way past high time for us to change the attitudes of Americans when it comes to these two issues.