When photographer Jade Beall posted one of her group portraits of mothers breastfeeding to her Facebook page, she was overwhelmed by the responses. Surprisingly, the responses were negative — and the site removed it. So appalling.
There’s a big difference between art and pornography, but one popular social media site isn’t taking the chance when it comes to any kind of nude photos. Facebook has removed photographer, Jade Beall‘s beautiful portrait of breastfeeding moms, solely because their nipples were revealed in the photo. The site has a anti-nipple policy and, Jade’s photo had lots of them — and now furious mothers are speaking out.
Facebook Deletes Photographer’s Photo Of Breastfeeding Moms
Mothers are coming to the defense of Arizona photographer, Jade. They are outraged over her art being removed from the popular social media site, Facebook. Jade has been photographing women for over 15 years, and wanted to share a very special portrait of several moms doing a natural thing — breastfeeding.
Seems harmless right? Well, when she posted the artistic photograph to her account, it was quickly deleted.
This is so wrong.
“This photo received a lot of traction quickly,” Jade told Cosmopolitan.com. “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).”
These men don’t need to look at the photo, they can simply click on a thousand other tabs or keep scrolling past it.
Jade went on to say, “Then someone noticed I had missed blurring one nipple and the photo was again reported and finally removed.”
We understand why she is angry, she’s an artist who is beautifully showing women nourishing their babies. Unfortunately, not everyone sees breastfeeding in public as a natural occurrence.
Mothers have been leaving supportive comments on Jade’s Facebook.
Claire Drayton-Smith: “I fail to see why it was removed.. It’s an image of nature.. It’s beautiful.. If it offends.. Don’t look.”
Verity Lou: “The more people there are talking about this, the more the issue becomes noticed. The more pictures like this are shown, the more understanding there is of what is normal, what is acceptable!”
Cindi Faith Bennett: “Seriously these moms are providing nutrition for their children, what is offensive about that?”
Jade Thinks It’s A Bigger Issue Than Just Facebook
All she wants is for women to feel confident, beautiful, and secure with their bodies. As an artist and a photographer, she’s presented with the opportunity to do so through her work. Except, of course, when she is censored by sites like Facebook.
“Do I think it’s silly that men can have exposed nipples but women cannot as a rule for this platform? Sure,” she told Cosmo. “But that’s a cultural thing, not simply a Facebook thing.”
She went on to say, “I would love to post my nude breastfeeding 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.'”
This is such a great project, hopefully, one day, Jade’s photo can be reposted back onto her Facebook for the world to see.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers, should Facebook reconsider allowing the photo to be shared on the site? Let us know.
— Brittany King