STOP TAGGING NUDITY (AND BREASTFEEDING) AS NSFW!

by jovan1984

When I saw the link from CafeMom via the Nudism and Naturism Daily News, my eyes rolled and I was not happy.

The link was about breastfeeding being tagged as “Not Safe For Work”. When I read about Huffington Post tagging that as NSFW, that was the final straw and got me to write this post.

First and foremost, there is nothing not safe about nudity. Or, for that matter, breastfeeding. Both public nudity and breastfeeding have their benefits, and no major drawbacks.

Public nudity promotes a positive body image. Tagging nudity as “not safe for work”, as every blog and media outlet worldwide except for mine have done, is totally inappropriate and is extremely poor blogging etiquette. Not only that, but tagging nudity as NSFW also promotes a negative body image, which leads to untimely deaths for so many young people — especially young women and girls.

That, in the previous paragraph, is why I do not — and never will — tag nudity as Not Safe For Work.

Tagging breastfeeding as “not safe for work” is also harmful. Breastfeeding yields many positive ingredients to the babies, with minimal health risks. To tag breastfeeding as NFSW, as many blogs continue to do, only stigmatizes breastfeeding in a strikingly similar negative light as has been done with nudity. It also robs babies of much needed nutrients that they could have at out in the open.

There is nothing inappropriate about a man’s penis, a woman’s breast or vagina. Therefore, it is dead wrong to tag nudity as Not Safe For Work. It makes nudists and naturists feel that what they are doing is wrong or should be hidden, secret, not discussed. And it makes everyone else think that seeing a naked person in public is obscene, wrong, not normal, that it should be hidden, that nudity is a “dirty” X-rated act. That is why it is so wrong. Mainstream media should uphold a certain standard of values even if some of the readers may object. We shouldn’t bow to the few (or even the many) when the opinion that nudity is obscene is what is really wrong.

The same in the previous paragraph can be said in regards to breastfeeding and mothers who breastfeed.

It is time for the mainstream media of the world to stop tagging nudity and breastfeeding as “not safe for work”.