November 6, 2008
March 9, 2010
Notice the difference? My picture must constitute violence. ;) Personally, I'm not sure how breastfeeding makes Facebook not safe for children. Breastfeeding has definitely proven safe for Margaret- and the other three children I have nursed in the past 2 years. In fact you might say that my breasts are a "safe, secure and trusted environment for... the many children who use [them]."
This is the third picture I've had removed. The two pictured above were profile pictures. Because the second wasn't a profile picture I can't be sure which one it was, but I have a feeling it was this one (below), which I posted to a homebirth group that had lots of baby-coming-out-of-vagina pics so I thought it would be "safe." It's no longer on that group's photo album, though many of the others are still there. It's like someone is out to get me.
Either I'm on Facebook's "list" or I have a really crappy Facebook friend who doesn't have the courage to just talk to me in person or the ability to not look. Dear mysterious "friend": I've definitely "hidden" people in my news feed because their updates got annoying or bothersome. You could try that. Or unfriend me. I'm cool with that. I really am.
Why does this (still) matter? Annie at PhDinParenting did a wonderful job of outlining this right after the FB nurse-in. April at Eclectic Effervescence posted yesterday about her experience with a picture that was removed and demonstrates that Facebook photos aren't removed immediately after being reported. After being reported, they have to be physically looked at by a FB employee who then removes them and send out the form letter. Double standard?
There are just so many levels of wrongness with this whole issue I can't even begin to start. Maybe I'll write a nice, long post about all the wrongness in the future.
TERA has been kind enough to post pictures, with permission from the owners, that have been removed from Facebook. According to Paul Rapoport, after posting my most recent picture, "There are now 199 photos on the TERA site that were submitted by breastfeeding mothers and a few others. Of those, 183 have been banned by Facebook, some more than once."