January 6, 2011

Boobs Are Good

Facebook apparently feels that breasts in any form are obscene. This is unfortunate because it has caused them to remove, reinstate, remove, and reinstate again a fan page called The Leaky B@@b. It’s a blog all about breastfeeding. Yes, they talk about breasts. Yes, there are pictures of women breastfeeding their babies. No, none of it is obscene.

I find it rather shocking that this is even an issue in what are supposed to be informed times. But clearly, it is an issue. So, in a show of solidarity for breastfeeding advocates in general, I’d like to draw a little attention to the situation. Feel free to post on Facebook that you’d really like to be able to have a resource to get help and information on breastfeeding. They need to know that this is a big deal to a lot of people.

The bigger issue, of course, is not any one site. I’ve not used The Leaky B@@b much myself. It’s the fact that breastfeeding and breast health are being confused with pornographic representations of breasts. It seems clear that this is a matter of software being coded to flag boobies, any boobies. Facebook needs to update their software to make it a little more discriminating, or at least allow page owners to flag their pages as being health-related perhaps.

In the meantime, I hope that Facebook realizes the error of their ways. If you’d like to read about the issue from the source, visit The Leaky B@@b and check out their press release. As of this moment you can also check out The Leaky B@@b’s Facebook page, but you might want to hurry before they remove it again.

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