The 4th Trimester Bodies Project, and The Censoring of Unsavory Mothers’ Bodies.
Sometimes I love the Internet because I can randomly come across something like The 4th Trimester Bodies Project and instantly fall in love…
This is taken from their website:
The 4th Trimester Bodies Project is an ongoing photo documentary created by photographer and mother Ashlee Wells Jackson. This project is dedicated to embracing the beauty inherent in the changes brought to our bodies by motherhood, childbirth and breastfeeding.
Then the Internet is like a roller coaster, because the split second after I find this project, I realize they are being mistreated, and I get all red and bothered* because I realize the Internet is also sometimes stupid.
Facebook has been censoring this project’s page – removing pictures and even locking them out of their page and personal accounts. None of the pictures they post violate Facebook’s terms of service. None.
I am having a hard time wrapping my brain around how a project like this – one that not only normalizes but celebrates the bodies of mothers, is somehow censor-worthy.
Do people not enjoy looking at them?
Is it not sexy enough?
Is it a turn off?
Is it not beautiful?
Is it too wrinkly or flabby?
It’s certainly not racy, or pornographic, or even something that should be age restricted.
The only reason I can think of, that this page would be censored like this, is because people are complaining…
and that has me pissed off in a very disturbed way.
It’s natural not nasty…
it’s quite beautiful…
in the most ordinary and amazing ways.
I don’t find it nearly as offensive as some of the other pictures floating around Facebook.
In fact, here are some screenshots of some that I just found after typing the word “bikini” into the search box on Facebook:
It’s absurd to me.
It’s absurd in the same way that I can nurse my baby at the mall, and get twenty uncomfortable or offended looks while showing less skin than the huge Victoria’s Secret poster I’m sitting in front of.
It’s absurd to me that breasts are used to sell beer, but are offensive if pictured feeding babies.
It’s absurd to me that this page that links to a porn site is readily available on Facebook:
while artistic pictures of women’s bodies, that have done exactly what nature intended are in danger of being taken down.
That images of real women holding their children are somehow more unsavory than pictures of women posing like sexual playthings.
Don’t you have bigger fish to fry?
PS – Please sign the petition for Facebook to stop censoring the 4th Trimester Bodies Project’s page and personal accounts, and like the project on Facebook to show support.
* I do not actually get red due to the olive skin… I can however get pretty damn bothered.