Huzzah! Instagram Will Now Allow Mothers To Upload Their Sinful Breastfeeding Photos
Remember that time when it was totally fine for us to all see Kim Kardashian‘s bare ass (and bare, well, everything else) on Instagram? Sure you do, because it just happened. Actually, it’s pretty much always happened. It’s probably happening right now as I type this. Basically, Kim Kardashian’s seductively nude photos = okay, but photos of mothers breastfeeding = a pearl-clutching disaster. A photo of Alyssa Milano feeding her daughter was almost banished to the sinful depths of Instagram once, because apparently that was crossing the line.
Well that’s all changed now, because Instagram has updated their posting guidelines and breastfeeding photos are now deemed acceptable:
We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too.
Well thank you, Instagram! You’ve finally come to your senses and realized that it’s not sexualized nudity when a mother is feeding her child. I also didn’t realize that prior to this change in policy, post-mastectomy photos fell in the ‘limbo’ category of potentially getting banned. I’m glad we can now consider these photos ‘artistic or creative in nature’ now. Whew! Now can we do something about regulating the age of your users? Just seems a little more pressing to me, I don’t know.
Pics of partially nude children (I’m looking at you, bathtime baby snappers) can still be removed on a case-by-case basis, however. But I’m okay with that part of it – I have no desire to share my child’s private parts with a completely uninterested and potentially creepy audience. I’m just glad that we’re making progress with the censorship of breastfeeding on social media. One small step for woman/womankind and all that jazz, ya know? Cheers.