One of these things is not like the other.
In order to access the Earth Mama Facebook page, we had to acknowledge that we read and understood the warning.
And here’s what we found when we got there. One, but not both, of the breastfeeding pictures on the photo strip had been deleted. Gone. Kaput. Huh? Why that one? This can’t be right, right? There were two breastfeeding photos in the photo strip, so that can’t be the reason it was removed. And Facebook has publicly stated it is not “cracking down” on breastfeeding photos.
Still, they deleted Photo A and left Photo B. We tried to figure out the difference between the two. Here’s what we came up with.
- Both women are clearly breastfeeding their babies.
- One shows cleavage, the other does not.
- One woman’s baby is latched, the other is not.
- The tiniest bit of nipple is visible on one photo, in the other photo the nipple is covered by the baby’s hand.
- Oh wait! Could it be? One woman is black, one woman is white.
Earth Mama always has supported women breastfeeding their babies. Babies get hungry. And breasts feed babies. We don’t consider either photo obscene. Each shows a human baby having lunch. We intend to repost the picture on Facebook once we get an explanation from them. We support ALL mamas as they breastfeed their babies, and we support breastfeeding photos depicting mamas and babies of all races, sizes, shapes and ages.
Why do you think this happened?
UPDATE: With all the ridiculousness about deleting breastfeeding photos from Facebook, I personally contacted Facebook [twice] to find out why they took down Earth Mama’s photos. I received one automated response. We are still working on getting them to clarify their policy and to make a distinction between breastfeeding and obscenity. Thank you for your amazing support! XO, Mama
>> Please help us tell Facebook that breastfeeding is not obscene! Submit a suggestion directly to Facebook HERE.
P.S. Mama’s NOT happy. She doesn’t consider herself a militant. Or a lactavist. But now she’s mad. Brace yourself. >> Read more.