Instagram "Community Guidelines" Are Totally Bogus
Would someone like to explain something to me? Because I just can't seem to grasp this.
A beautiful photo that I reposted on Instagram around a week ago, was removed. Apparently it was deemed inappropriate and was "against community guidelines". I proceeded to then read the community guidelines and I am not satisfied.
The guidelines state this:
"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."
(I am very glad that breastfeeding photos are now allowed though)
The photo that I reposted, did not show any graphic nudity or genitals. Yes, it is an overhead shot that shows a baby emerging from it's mother, but there is no graphic nudity; there's not even any pubic hair.
Here is said photo:
I've seen this happen time and time again. Many people (such as birth photographers) get their Instagram or Facebook pages suspended for posting non-graphic images of birth. And I just don't get it.
I truly believe it does more harm than good when the-powers-that-be remove images of birth, especially a natural, water birth. People deserve to see just how peaceful and loving birth can be. If it's children they're trying to "protect", that's not a valid argument. Firstly, children shouldn't be using Instagram in the first place. And second, they also deserve to know where babies come from! The whole not knowing is what creates the fear! Children who grow up around birth, and just knowing things in general, are less scared of the birth process when they're adults. Because they understand.
So many people are used to what the media portrays birth to be like. Hospitals, screaming, fear, etc. When you remove a photo of a calm, peaceful birth, with just the two parents in the tub, you're taking away a woman's right to see birth as it can be. Which is beautiful, and normal, and not scary.
Instagram, and whoever reported the photo, should be ashamed of themselves. Why are you so scared of birth?