Facebook is a useful networking tool, not to mention a fun way to connect with friends, both new and old. However, like all things, Facebook is far from perfect. A while back, Facebook started deleting what they call “obscene images” from user photo albums. The offending images – breastfeeding photos.
Facebook has also threatened users with total profile deletion if they re-post their breastfeeding images. In protest to what can only be termed an archaic viewpoint, the group Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene! launched. The group’s mission is simple and clear; to convince Facebook to allow breastfeeding pictures to be posted and to get Facebook to stop classifying breastfeeding images as obscene.
Today, Saturday December 27th, 2008, the group Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!, prompted by Mothers International Lactation Campaign (MILC) is holding a virtual nurse-in. They’re asking everyone who supports positive breastfeeding views to “change your profile picture for one day, to one which includes an image of a nursing mom.” Many are also planning to change their status lines that day to read “Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!””
In a sad blow to this campaign, the Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene! group posted news yesterday that group creator Kelli Roman had her account terminated by Facebook, No word on why yet, but you can follow the updates here.
In a world where scantily clad women in beer commercials and car magazines are prominent, it’s terribly sad that something as natural, healthy, and basic as breastfeeding is termed obscene. Women, babies, and families all deserve breastfeeding right without fear of being called inappropriate names. Joining this virtual nurse-in is one way you can support this.
To learn more about breastfeeding rights and what you can do to help, or to find breastfeeding support visit the following resources:
- Breastfeeding Rights & Legislation
- La Leche League
- Find a breastfeeding friendly hospital or birthing center