Instagram removed this photo of a fully clothed woman on her period, TWO TIMES!
This weekend, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, removed a photo of a woman on her menstrual cycle.
But two times.
Rupi Kaur, the poet who posted the photo, told Madame Noire that she may have the answer as to why the photo was removed.
Now, tell me which of these violations of the terms of service the photo above violated:
Nudity (including breastfeeding) – NO
Violence – NO
Offensive content (including profanity) – NO
After scanning the terms of service word for word, Ms. Kaur reposted the photo.
Instagram nuked it a second time.
That’s when Ms. Kaur sent these messages to be circulated around in social media:
thank you @instagram for providing me with the exact response my work was created to critique. you deleted a photo of a woman who is fully covered and menstruating stating that it goes against community guidelines when your guidelines outline that it is nothing but acceptable. the girl is fully clothed. the photo is mine. it is not attacking a certain group. nor is it spam. and because it does not break those guidelines i will repost it again. i will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak. when your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified. pornified. and treated less than human. thank you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
This image is a part of my photoseries project for my visual rhetoric course. you can view the full series at rupikaur.com
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i bleed each month to help make humankind a possibility. my womb is home to the divine. a source of life for our species. whether i choose to create or not. but very few times it is seen that way. in older civilizations this blood was considered holy. in some it still is. but a majority of people. societies. and communities shun this natural process. some are more comfortable with the pornification of women. the sexualization of women. the violence and degradation of women than this. they cannot be bothered to express their disgust about all that. but will be angered and bothered by this. we menstruate and they see it as dirty. attention seeking. sick. a burden. as if this process is less natural than breathing. as if it is not a bridge between this universe and the last. as if this process is not love. labour. life. selfless and strikingly beautiful.
Dear tumblr family,
Instagram has chosen to once again, take down this image for violating community guidelines. Despite the fact that about 95% of comments were beautiful. And in support.
This just goes to show who is sitting behind the desk. And who’s controlling the show, who’s controlling the media and who’s censoring us.It’s sad that this is still happening in this world. I know that some communities and cultures go out of their way to shun and oppress a woman on her period. I guess Instagram is another one of them. Some women aren’t allowed in their religious place of worship or out of their homes to do certain things. And are told they are sick. As if the period is a common cold.
Yes. This is what happens even here, in North America.
I have been hospitalized many times because of issues associated with my period. I have been suffering from a sickness related to my period. And ever since I have been working so hard to love it. Embrace it. Celebrate it. Even thought it’s given me so much pain in the past few years. and they want to tell me I should be quiet about this. That all of this we experience collectively does not need to be seen. Just felt secretly behind closed doors. That’s why this is important. Because when I first got my period my mother was sad and worried. And they want to censor all that pain. Experience. Learning. No.
I am going to share the photo again once I figure out how to go about it. I would appreciate if you could @instagram and express your thoughts. Or even share the photo on whatever social media platform.
Their patriarchy is leaking. Their misogyny is leaking. We will not be censored.”
After this fiasco, I have to say that Ms. Kaur is correct and Instagram/Facebook are wrong. And of course, these arbitrary guidelines are not just enforced on nudists, they’re enforced on anyone who does something that ‘offends’ overly sensitive people who need to grow up.
Everyone knows that manhood isn’t easy. For one, women force us to make the first moves. We’re also expected to pay for all of a first date. Also, we have to check our privilege. And so much more.
I know that I have not been around women long enough to know this, so I am basing this off what I see on the internet. So forgive me, but womanhood is definitely not peaches and cream. For one, most women talk about their menstrual cycles and periods when they are at functions like bowling. They also have a legitimate fear of being attacked by guys. They have a legitimate fear of politicians, many of whom run on empty promises to reduce the size of government. They are slut-shamed. They are attacked by society for making the first moves on men. They’re attacked by society for paying for dinner when they are on a first date with men. They are attacked by society putting out on the first date. They are attacked by society for breastfeeding (or being naked or topless) in public. They are attacked for not conforming to societal standards.
Facebook isn’t just being gymnophobic, as I long knew them to be. They also being misogynistic.