Last month, North Carolina mom Maria Corry posted an image of herself nursing her little one in an attempt to normalize breastfeeding. Unfortunately, to her surprise, her photo was reported for nudity five times, despite the fact that the image did not violate Facebook’s nudity policy.
As a result, the mom posted another breastfeeding photo to the social media site. However, this time, she censored the act with the photo of a scantily-clad Victoria’s Secret model.
In her caption, Corry highlighted the ridiculous way society views breasts.
“I bet this won't be reported, because you can see this picture in every mall you step into, huge and blown up outside the store,” she wrote. “This is not frowned upon, or ever reported, as it is seen everywhere. But a women (sic) nurturing and feeding their baby is looked down on. That is completely absurd!”
Corry then called her Facebook friends and fellow moms to post their nursing photos in the comments. She quickly received hundreds of responses and the post reached over 35,000 likes.
“Breastfeeding is natural, it's what our breasts were meant for!” she continued. “In other countries breastfeeding is praised, and welcomed everywhere! In America, people have so much negative things to say about it! I'm done with this stupid nonsense.”
Despite the positive responses Corry’s post received from users, some images in the comments still got reported. “Someone is really unhappy with all the happy fed babies,” one mom said in regards to the issue.
In March 2015, Facebook clarified its nudity policy saying that photos of women “actively engaged in breastfeeding” are okay, as long as their nipples aren’t showing. Unfortunately, this has not stopped people from reporting nursing photos.
Additionally, this isn’t the first time a breastfeeding photo has caused controversy online. Back in January, another image was deemed “pornographic” for showing a toddler pretending to nurse his younger sibling.
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