They’re just body parts, but why are women’s nipples so offensive, whilst men’s are allowed? The #FreeTheNipple campaign still rages on.
Campaigners have been using social media to raise awareness of the double standards, including Instagram accounts that post close up shots of nipples without any other indicator as to whether they’re male or female to highlight the hypocrisy.
The account, @genderless_nipples gained more than 75k followers but is now dormant.
Another account, @freethenipple regularly highlights the double standards involved both on social media and in society.
The hashtag #freethenipple generates over 4 million results on Instagram alone too, but click on it to view the posts and you’ll be greeted with a notice saying: “Recent posts from # freethenipple are currently hidden because the community has reported some content that may not meet Instagram’s community guidelines.”
The movement was inspired by a 2012 film, Free The Nipple, which followed Lina Esco and a group of women raising awareness.
There’s even a Free The Nipple day every year, March 26th.
Famous supporters of the campaign include Miley Cyrus, Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne, Rita Ora and Alanis Morrissette.
Miley Cyrus told Jimmy Kimmel: “The nipple, what you can’t show, is what everyone has. But the jug part that everybody doesn’t, you’re allowed to show underboob. I’ve never understood the way it works.”
Facebook’s community standards state: “Our Nudity Policies have become more nuanced over time. We understand that nudity can be shared for a variety of reasons, including as a form of protest, to raise awareness about a cause or for educational or medical reasons.”
“Where such intent is clear, we make allowances for the content. For example, while we restrict some images of female breasts that include the nipple, we allow other images, including those depicting acts of protest, women actively engaged in breastfeeding and photos of post-mastectomy scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures and other art that depicts nude figures.”
Instagram’s community guidelines say: “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.”
Do you think it’s right that many images of female nipples are banned?
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