You may (or may not) know that I host a pregnancy podcast – Pure Natural Pregnancy – which, unsurprisingly, focuses on natural pregnancy and birth. I rebranded the podcast cover to bring it more in line with the feel for the show. The nipple police did not approve.

Why do I care?

I believe that the human body is beautiful. In its appearance and function. While I agree that nobody wants to see full frontal genitals, a nipple is a very different kettle of fish. We are so desensitised to images of a bulging cleavage, a skimpy bikini, a gorgeously toned tummy, that the sexualisation of media is everywhere. But a nipple is like this strange little add-on, designed only for a man’s bedroom pleasure, and we forget that nipples are life sustaining beautiful parts of our anatomy.

Part of my rebranding was to create a podcast cover that would attract the kind of people who might enjoy the podcast. To me, a female body is amazing enough, but add a big baby bump and some breastmilk producing boobs, and that’s sheer womanly perfection. I actually asked a few friends about the cover, and most loved it. Some said that it’d put people off, and as I said to them, that’s kinda the point.

It was designed to attract the kind of people who think that a pregnant female is awe-inspiring.

Nipple police through history…

Little did I know that my whole idea of womanly perfection was so totally skewed. I made a few observations that the nipple police (aka Facebook) didn’t agree with. We’ll come to that in a minute though, because I feel that Zucks {how genius that my MacBook is autocorrecting that to “Sucks”} deserves a little bit of a hand for his progression over the years.

In 2013, he and his nipple police removed images of a breast cancer survivor’s tattoo. Where the majority of people saw the image as being a sign of strength and courage, the nipple police quoted nudity.

Later in 2015, the nipple police were in trouble for shaming the ‘brelfie’ by deleting pictures of breastfeeding mothers. How vulgar of those shameless hussies?! Thanks to the global uproar, Facebook eventually allowed women to share these pictures to their friends, family and anyone else in the world that they wanted to share them with.

Hurrah for progress hey!?

My nipple image

Pure Natural Pregnancy podcast

The nipple in question is on the cover of the podcast, and so I’d used it in the logo on my Facebook page. A silhouette of a pregnant woman, shown from the side, in which you can see a bump and a boob (and the unforgivable nipple!).

It’s not a sexy pose, it’s not suggestive, it’s not lewd.

If this pose was held by a man with a beer belly and moobs, standing shirtless in the summer, holding his pint then I think the nipple police would have scrolled on by. What makes me think that? Let me tell you…

Facebooks nipple policing guidelines

You’d be forgiven for thinking ‘nudity is nudity’ but in the case of Facebook, a nipple is only considered nudity if it’s female.

Ridiculous right? I agree.

When my image was removed initially, I was sent a link to the community standards page, in which it states:

We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple

So I did what any person not wanting to offend the delicate world of Facebook users would do. I superimposed a male nipple. In the process, I realised that I was never going to be a professional photo shopper, but that’s ok because I’d removed my offensive female nipple and replaced it with a completely inoffensive male nipple.

The nipple police would be able to sleep easy.

My apology

After realising the error of my ways, I posted my new and updated podcast cover to Facebook with an apology. It got such a good response from people that I directed to the post, that they began to share it and I even paid for it to be a sponsored post. (Gotta be a good way to bring new people to my podcast hey?)

nipple police on facebook

So what happened? Well, Facebook took my money after accepting the ad. Low and behold, the nipple police decided that it still broke their nudity rules. Apparently, although the nipple has been altered, it still implies nudity.

Why are women’s bodies being censored?

That’s the question I’d like answered. Why is it that women have to argue and fight with Zuckerberg and the Facebook nipple police? Why is it that we’re not offended by a male nipple but that a female nipple brings us such shock?

Or, dare I ask, is it all bull?

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Make the nipple police hang their heads in shame, and lets #freethenipple

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