At this point I didn’t have more to say about Facebook removing breastfeeding photos but I was struck by the latest final word from Facebook:
“We’ve made a visible areola the determining factor,” said Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt, who stressed that the company supports breast-feeding. “It is a common standard.”
For real? Visible areola? I will admit I am no expert on porn but I have never seen Big Areola magazine sitting next to Hustler or flipped passed Areolas Gone Wild in the adult pay cable. I am sure there are people driven mad with desire at the sight of that red circle around a woman’s nipple – for every body part there is a fetishist. But a “common standard” for deciding whether an image is obscene? I don’t think so.