Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Letter-Writing Campaign

Because Facebook hasn't really responded to the first virtual nurse-in, the group, "Hey Facebook, Breastfeeding Is not Obscene (Official Petition to Facebook)" is hosting another virtual nurse-in combined with a letter-writing campaign this Saturday.

While the letters would have ideally been in the mail already, don't let that deter you! Also, you don't need to be a nursing mom to change your profile picture. There are lots of pictures such as Madonna and Child portraits that are in the public domain that you can use.

The event site gives a list of things you might want to include in your letter:

  • Women post breastfeeding photos because they want to demonstrate or celebrate breastfeeding, just as they do other aspects of their lives.
  • Women post breastfeeding photos because breastfeeding is a normal part of their day and what they do as mothers.
  • Women post breastfeeding photos because others want to see their children doing things that are healthy and important, such as eating. Breastfeeding has well-known unsurpassable benefits for the health of children and mothers in nutrition, disease prevention, and emotional bonding.
  • Breastfeeding is not inherently a private or intimate activity. Almost all American states have passed laws promoting breastfeeding and allowing it in public in the manner a woman chooses.
  • Facebook's deletion of many breastfeeding photos goes against the main biological purpose of women's breasts and how they function. Its posting of ads in which scantily clad women use sex to sell things makes it even harder for women to counter the harmful public prejudice against breastfeeding.
  • Facebook's deletion of many breastfeeding photos stigmatizes breastfeeding. Its description of some ways of doing it as obscene is wrong and demeans and insults women.
  • Because of the quantity of breastfeeding photos on Facebook, its deletion of some implies telling women how not to breastfeed. Because of Facebook's scope and error, that is harmful to the public good.
  • Women with large areolas cannot latch a child on without exposing some skin which Facebook has arbitrarily deemed bad to show. Regardless of physique, latching on and off are necessary parts of the breastfeeding process.
  • Women breastfeeding, with or without much breast exposure, are not nude.
  • Women breastfeeding, with or without much breast exposure, are not obscene.
  • Women breastfeeding, with or without much breast exposure, are not pornographic.
  • Women breastfeeding, with or without much breast exposure, are not performing a sexual act. Their breasts and parts of them are not classified as sex organs. Their breasts are mammary glands which lactate for the optimal survival of humans.
  • Women breastfeeding, with or without much breast exposure, do not harm children. What harms children is their not seeing how breasts are used for feeding children.
  • Include the request that Facebook leave all breastfeeding pictures in place, that is the most important point in this campaign.
Here I go, off to write!

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