A photographer in Arizona was outraged after a photo she took of mothers breast-feeding their newborn babies was removed from Facebook.
Jade Beall began her photography career more than a decade ago, but her interests took a different direction after she took a self-portrait while breast-feeding her son. The self-portrait, according to Beall, “sparked my desire to photograph and celebrate the beauty, 'flaws,' shapes, and vulnerabilities of all mothers."
Recently, Beall posted one of her group photos of breast-feeding moms on Facebook, and promptly received a variety of responses from people throughout the social media platform.
“This photo received a lot of traction quickly,” Beall told Cosmopolitan. “I received many private messages (all from men) telling me I should remove the photo, though I'd posted the image with nipples and genital areas blurred (because I have had images removed before by Facebook where a woman's nipple was shown). Then someone noticed I had missed blurring one nipple and the photo was again reported and finally removed.”
Though Beall said she understands Facebook’s policy against exposing breasts in photos, she believes there is a larger issue at hand.
“Do I think it's silly that men can have exposed nipples but women cannot as a rule for this platform? Sure,” she said. “But that's a cultural thing, not simply a Facebook thing. I would love to post my nude breast-feeding mothers without blurring the nipples on Facebook, but what I would love most is for Americans to redefine their relationship to a woman's breasts and to praise and celebrate the nude, varying body shapes without having to label them 'disgusting' or 'unhealthy.'"
Do you think Facebook was right to remove Beall’s photo?