Shame On You, Facebook!
A few years back, down in Franklin, Tennessee, the local YMCA banned all breastfeeding from their lobby and work-out facility because it was making their customers uncomfortable. Imagine being one of the young mothers who had to make other arrangements for their infants in order to walk on a treadmill next to a 21-year old wearing tight bikini-style shorts with a barely-clad pair of enhancements bouncing to rhythm of the piped-in music.
What is going on in our culture where breastfeeding makes people uncomfortable but five inches of manufactured cleavage is just fine? Come on people! Like any red-blooded male, it is hard to oppose the exposure, but please, let’s all work toward getting our priorities straight.
Let me insert a caveat here:
It is difficult to make my point in this article without photos. I apologize to anyone who feels offended by either of the two images below.
In the past few days, China has begun blocking MSN and Google because of the vulgar images available. True, they also cited the propaganda being spread by those sites, but the first reason listed by China was the vulgarity of the images. I’m siding with China here.
This week Facebook removed 80,000 photos of mothers breastfeeding because too much of the breast was exposed. Here is one of the photos reportedly removed:
What does Facebook think is appropriate? I went to my Facebook site and on the right side of the screen was a paid advertisement entitled “Hwy W Club.” (Facebook knows the location of all their users so targeting local advertisements is easy for them). To see if I could prove my point, I clicked on the ad which lead me to Hwy W Club’s Facebook site. I clicked on one of the Hwy W Club’s photo albums (a basic Facebook feature). Here is a photo from that album:
Let me get this straight…the above photo of a wet t-shirt contestant is fine but a mother feeding her infant is offensive.
Shame on you, Facebook!