MySpace and the Case of the Breastfeeding Boobs

Boobs are bad, ladies and gentlemen.

Well, not totally bad. This is okay. And this.

It seems that they are allowed exposure in polite society when they are presented for gentlemanly pleasure or clasped in tight T-shirts a la Hooters. But exhibit them in their natural position – clutched in the tiny mouth of a nursing infant – and that’s just not good.

This is the message that MySpace is giving. Recently, they started removing pictures of breastfeeding women. The images go against the terms of the user agreement, they claim.

This agreement states that any content that is offensive or illegal or that violates the rights or harms or threatens the safety of any person may be deleted.

Offensive content?  

What are they? Crazy?  

Seeing as it is 1952, I guess not. 

Ah, it’s all so tiring. A discussion about how-can-we-even-consider-linking-the-word-offensive-with-breastfeeding-in-the-era-of-Girls-Gone-Wild-and-the-“I-am-a-slut-ha-ha-ha”-antics-of-Paris-Hilton? seems like such a no-brainer, a sorry excuse for an intelligent rant.

And I can’t believe it’s not.

It’s shocking to me that in this day and age it still all needs to be said, over and over and over again.

Here we are, at the apparent drop-off point of feminism, when ten-year-old girls are giving boys blow jobs for a dollar a pop and young female college students pick email user names like eyecandy95 and hot_lips69.

More so than ever before the world around us is smeared with the idea of woman-as-object and the people that rule the modern arenas of social exchange let it all be. They allow the teenagers and 20-something-year-old young women to sell their stuff – oh, wait, most of them are just giving it away – all over the Internet.

This, to them, is not offensive.

Breastfeeding is.

That’s the enemy that has inspired them to censor.

What is it? The wholesome use of the boob, the empowering position, the woman as ruler of her very own roost?

Whatever the unfathomable reason, lots of women have risen their voices in a grand 1970’s styled roar over this ridiculous ruling. An online petition  is filling up fast. 

Please sign it. Please tell your friends. 

If things don’t change soon, I’m afraid it will get much, much worse for women than 1952 ever was. If we’re not already there.     

7 Responses to MySpace and the Case of the Breastfeeding Boobs

  1. Hazel March 13, 2007 at 10:06 am #

    The human body is a wonderous machine. We can cause it grevious injury and it will repair. Women’s body has the capability to carry and nuture a fetus for nine month…than feed said infant once born. What a sad state of affairs that we are not able to celebrate the wonders of our own bodies.

  2. tammy March 12, 2007 at 10:20 am #

    I breastfed both of my children and I agree wholeheartedly. Today’s sociey needs to get their priorities in order as to which battles they should actually be fighting! This one….WRONG!!!!

  3. lj carter March 12, 2007 at 10:12 am #

    Where’s the list. I’ll sign on. I couldn’t agree more!

  4. carey March 12, 2007 at 9:36 am #

    You said it litle sister!! There is just no accounting for some people’s STUPIDITY, IGNORANCE, and lack of understanding the good people can do on the world….idiot’s!!! Keep on crusading Lauren.

  5. Liz Schamehorn March 12, 2007 at 8:05 am #

    Un – be – LEAV -able!!!!!! Why is this idiocy still happening?
    I’m a 57 – year – old – grandmother.I breastfed all my three children. Let me apologize abjectly for the mental picture that last sentence might have created in the minds of men everywhere.
    And let me say it very slowly and clearly: Sometimes – boobs – have – nothing – to – do – with – sex.

  6. ellen March 11, 2007 at 10:33 pm #

    God forbid that women breastfeed in public [even if only in pictures]. That might promote the idea that
    nurturing the things [and people] we love is a good idea! Someone might make the quantum leap that we, in turn, ought to nurture our relationships, families and [gasp!] our planet!

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