Facebook Discriminates Against, Censors Women

Iimage was eating dinner with my boyfriend in our kitchen watching a Facebook live stream debate about guns on campus at the University of Texas when suddenly the video stopped. A pop up said something like, “Session expired.”

Someone reported a photo of me my friends at the beach as nudity, and Facebook responded by restricting my ability to communicate with you on their platform in two ways. I can not post on my wall or respond to messages using Messenger for the next 3 days.

I feel sad that I can’t use Facebook. It is the primary way I communicate with the world. Especially the Messenger app. An acquaintance I met at a conference asked me a question, and I am not able to respond. I am not even able to explain why I can’t respond. That is embarrassing and frustrating. I want to maintain a good reputation with this new friend, but I can’t respond to him, and he doesn’t know that I can’t. Fortunately I have been using Signal, Telegram, and other messaging apps, so I am still largely able to communicate.

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The part that upsets me is that it is likely someone I know, not an enemy, who caused this to happen — totally unintentionally. I posted that photo two places: my public wall, and the private event wall. One would assume the public one got flagged by a hater. I checked. It’s still up. In fact it had several “likes” and “loves” in reaction.

However, to my surprise the one I posted in the event page for “Speedo Day” was gone. Could someone from this event get me banned from Facebook for posting a photo? Bizarre indeed, but what other conclusion can I draw?

I suspect that what happened is that someone good-hearted saw this picture on event page and clicked, “I don’t want to see this.” And then have the reason, “Contains nudity” as the reason. They didn’t know it would cause Facebook to lock me out for 3 days and make it easier for haters to lock me out for longer. They just didn’t like the picture and didn’t want their kids to see it or something. Boobs are bad, right?

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A great irony is that this picture was taken the same day as Go Topless Day also known as Free the Nipple. It’s a day to promote the idea that everyone should be free to be topless without fear of molestation, especially by government agents.

There is partial nudity in the picture. Everyone has their bottoms covered with a speedo or bikini bottom. None of us has a top. 3 generations ago, it was illegal for everyone. Even gay civil rights hero Harvey Milk was arrested for being barechested in New York in 1947. Only recently did anyone win the freedom to be shirtless without fear of punishment. Isn’t it well past time that everyone enjoyed that freedom?

Shame on Facebook for enforcing a busybody policy that discriminates against and body-shames women for dressing in the same perfectly acceptable way as men.

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9 Comments

  1. Yes- stop using the governments tools. Skype, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of communication we all use are backdoored and in cahoots with government/censorship.

  2. I am one of the admins in the Free the Nipple group of NH, a private group, a womens group for …….. well, for womens rights on being able to go top free, not only in NH, but in all states, and around the world……… and you would think that in a private group we’d be able to include photos of …. YES, NIPPLES……… but no, we are not allowed….. I have been kicked from facebook for 3 days, and then 7 days, for posting nipple photos…………. but if I post a photo of a bikini clad woman showing all of her breast except her nipple, or a woman with just little stars cutouts over her nipples, that is just fine……… it is accepted by facebook standards……… bare buttucks are accepted……… but one square inch of female skin is not accepted…….. it is unfair, it is WRONG, and it is unacceptable.
    I urge everyone to write to FB, and protest them………. if i were to post another nipple, and get banned, I am gone for 30 days, one more after that and I am gone permanently……….. and at this point, I do not really care……. yes I love my friends on facebook, it is the main way I communicate with people as well, but it is one of the reasons I do what I do, to fight discriminations like this and I will not stand for unfair and unjust treatment of women for one square inch of skin that a man can and does show most anywhere.

    I am sorry you got banned for 3 days……… that is just wrong…….. please write to facebook stating that their treatment is unfair and unjust…….. let them know that you feel they are discriminating against women and the people who are living in female bodies.

    message me if you’d like on skype or anywhere else, or email me at lilleyhei@gmail.com  be happy to talk to you….

    heidi

  3. I’m surprised this surprises you. You and the rest of the freekeeners have had their facebook accounts suspended numerous times. Don’t blame facebook for this. You chose to put something on the website that was inappropriate, you violated the rules. You had what was coming to you.

  4. Feel free to disassociate from Facebook. I remember when New Hampshire was a nice family friendly place to live. Before the fsp.

  5. I’ll see your non sequitur and raise you an absurdity… 

    I remember my G.I. Joe being a dickless eunech in 1966, and my sisters Barbie having absolutely no nipples or vagina, NONE!

    How the fuck were they ever going to use the bathroom huh ?  I mean really.

  6. Oh boy, I mean girl, I mean boy, um right Derrick J? You would know….

  7. BB SIZZLE I’m curious, Michael. While you were a failing student, you didn’t answer each question posed to you with an inquiry about your instructor’s sexual preference, now did you dear?

  8. Do you still have an original copy of the photo of four topless people that was removed by Facebook? If so, email me with that photo or you might post that photo to Flickr as well.

  9. Do you still have an original copy of the photo of four topless people at beach that was already removed by Facebook? If so, email me with that photo.

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