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In a world where "man boobs" are allowed to flop freely at football games, the strict scrutiny of photos of breastfeeding mothers reflects a double standard that has riled many Facebook users. By curbing the posting of such content -- the implication being that the nursing mother's bare breast could possibly be construed as "obscene" -- Facebook has exposed itself to a public relations nightmare. The social network is under fire for removing photos of breastfeeding babies from some of its member pages.
Before breastfeeding mothers get all offended by their policy, maybe they should realize that not everyone, including other women, think that breastfeeding is a beautiful. I understand that it is good for a baby for a certain amount of time, but it grosses me out to witness it.
I am glad Facebook is trying to keep the site appropriate for all users. In our breast-obsessed society, it is hard to distinguish between a picture being beautiful or obscene, especially when our bodies have been so "objectified" in America.
Breastfeeding is not obscene and if you haven't been around a person who has breastfed a child successfully, it is hard to appreciate. It is a great way to give a baby nourishment and a feeling of security and closeness to their mother. It is what breasts were intended to do. If you don't like to see it, don't look.
I have known a lot of women who have breast-fed their baby in public and usually, no one even notices.