Saturday, January 8, 2011

Nursing babies suck in a GOOD way; Facebook does NOT


There's been a lot of hubbub in recent years and recent days over Facebook and its apparent beef with images of breastfeeding.  (Congratulations to The Leaky B@@b and Denver Doula for being reinstated!) This beef now extends into the annals of historical images.  Awesome.

Historic Photos & Prints of Breastfeeding is a beautiful collection of albums displaying images from the 19th and 20th centuries, and representations of the charity in Cimon and Pero and Mary nursing Jesus.  Now, less than 24 hours after noted surprise and pleasure at never having had anything deleted, something has been.  Someone turned into a troll.

There isn't much I can say that hasn't been eloquently, vehemently, and repeatedly said by many others in past years and days.  I even caught a Tweet  telling people to stop complaining and just leave Facebook for good.  That's definitely food for thought.  We survived without Facebook or *ew* MySpace for years.  For the most part we communicated with people we cared about and stopped caring about people we didn't communicate with outside of awkward reunions every X-number of years.  We wrote letters that didn't include asinine things like the fact that we got sprayed in the face while brushing our teeth.  We made the social awkwardness of sharing pictures people may or may not have cared about seeing a face-to-face thing, and no one stole our pictures from us.

It would be hypocritical of me to say Facebook's good for nothing and that I don't indulge in the social overexposure brought on by it.  It's good for lots of things and I have no immediate plans for leaving it, myself.  I don't want to leave or boycott it.  What I want is a more family-friendly Facebook.  It has grown far beyond a twenty-something online tool for checking in with classmates and finding out when and where the next party will be held.  Facebook has spawned communities from strangers of all ages and life stages, for good and ill.  Breastfeeding, parenting, education... these things are good and Facebook needs to embrace (or at least allow) them and stop marginalizing those who celebrate one of the most sacred, healthy, and fundamental human interactions.

Facebook, please change your policies and STOP DELETING PICTURES OF BREASTFEEDING.
Jena Vincent of Abundance Massage

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