Instagram’s policy is clear: no nipples, women, unless you’re breastfeeding or showing the results of your mastectomy – yes, “post-mastectomy” nipples are specifically allowed within their policy, which seems exceedingly insensitive at best.
Now, the women of Instagram are asking, “Why?” And they’re indulging in a little pointed silliness to bring home the message.
According to a report from Business Insider, women on Instagram (including prominent celebrities such as Perez Hilton, Courtney Love, and Sarah Silverman) are using image manipulation to replace their own nipples with male nipples to demonstrate their opinion of Instagram’s policy.
“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.”
Calling the movement #FreeTheNipple, more and more women are getting on board, and the movement is gaining steam. While comedian Chelsea Handler recreated Vladimir Putin’s famous topless-on-horseback picture (which was promptly removed,) artist Micol Hebron has created a “digital pasty” male-nipple template for others to use, with a firm dose of tongue-in-cheek on the side. The image pretty clearly demonstrates that the differences between male and female nipples are largely immaterial.
“If you are going to post pictures of topless women, please use this acceptable male nipple template to cover over the unacceptable female nipples.”
“THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THE WORLD A SAFER PLACE.”
As People notes, she later reissued the nipple pasty as a nipple ice-cream cone.
As the Inquisitr has previously reported, Justin Bieber recently caught some flak for his own nude contribution to Instagram; a picture of himself naked from behind. Apparently, this was far more acceptable than showing female nipples, given that after days of media attention and controversy, he ended up deleting it from Instagram himself.
Of course, heaven forbid that Instagram hold a male celebrity to the same “community standards” they hold all women, who can expect near-instant removal of any sign of their nipples. Chelsea Handler’s photo was removed from Instagram only 30 minutes after being posted; Justin’s bottom remained on Instagram until he chose to take it down.
“Why? [Putin’s] topless. Is it because I have nipples? Is it because they’re bigger? Because there’s meat around them? … So I thought, that’s such a silly thing to do. And not long after, Kim Kardashian showed her whole naked body and her whole a** and — she’s a mother! I’m not a mother.”
Instagram may not be swayed at this point, but the time is coming; Facebook recently clarified their own policies to allow breastfeeding pictures after public pressure, and many laws now recognize the right for women to go topless in public. Instagram is standing firm for now, but support continues to #FreeTheNipple continues to grow.
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