Guest blogger Rachel Sarah: What is Facebook's problem?
Facebook has been "pulling" profile pictures of babies nursing. The pictures have been reported as "obscene" and have been removed. The posters were warned not to repost or fear being kicked off of Facebook.
Really now. Nursing a baby is the most simple, natural thing in the world.
Angelina Jolie was featured on the November cover of "W" breastfeeding her twins. (The photo was taken by Pitt as she nursed one of them.) And the public seemed to take it quite well.
That's the point: breastfeeding photos are not obscene, they are inspirational. (And if you're on Facebook, surely you've seen some photos that really qualify as obscene.)
But mothers are speaking out. A group called, "Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!" already has more than 54,000 members, including yours truly.
The group asks: "What about a baby breastfeeding is obscene? Especially in comparison to many other pictures posted all over Facebook that really are obscene."
Members will change their profile picture to that of a nursing mother on Dec. 27 -- that's the day women will protest in person in Palo Alto at 11 AM. (The picture doesn't have to be a real mother -- it can be a mammal and her young in the act of feeding.)
For the record, I breastfed my kid for more than two years. I even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for being one 1136 women in the SF Bay Area who simultaneously breastfeed her baby in the same place. (Woo hee!)
So you know where I stand. It's time for some "Lactivism!"
How about you? Should Facebook revoke its ban? Or this company policy good for business? Comment in the momlogic community.
Rachel -- the founder of Single Mom Seeking -- has an essay in the forthcoming Unbuttoned: Women Open Up About the Pleasures, Pains, and Politics of Breastfeeding (April 2009, Harvard Common Press)