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…


The 4th Trimester Bodies Project. Photo by Ashlee Wells Jackson.


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:


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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:



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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.

Sex sells…

motherhood doesn’t.

Seriously, Facebook…

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Don’t you have bigger fish to fry?


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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.




8 responses to “The 4th Trimester Bodies Project, and The Censoring of Unsavory Mothers’ Bodies.”

  1. Last year I posted a comic-style cartoon of a penis that was drawn by one of the most famous Australia graphic artists of today… it got removed for being “offensive”. Seriously, Facebook?

  2. Remy says:

    Many times in Facebook I had come across with pictures, that are either disturbing, or simply with ladies like the one you posted above. The reality is that this is what sales, and give rating to the pages who post this pictures. I personally agree with you, and signed the petition and also posted on my Facebook Fan Page to spread the world. My best wishes, Sincerely…Remy

  3. Done and done. Thanks for sharing. I agree with you 110%. It never ceases to amaze me what our “culture” freaks out about and considers obscene and what it churns out and embraces or excuses. Gaaaaah!

  4. signed. shared. friended her. this is insane. thank you for posting about this! xoxo

  5. Marta says:

    Signed the petition.

    Absolutely ridiculous. Thank you for bringing this to my attention, I’m not surprised that facebook did this, but I really wish that I was.

  6. Kim says:

    I may not be a mom but I fully support this project and what they are doing.

    Is sex awesome? Well, duh. Are there some incredibly hot women to look at? As a straight, married woman even I can say “Duh!” But personally, I don’t need to be sold beer or bras with half naked women who are 1,000x hotter than I’ll ever be. Show me real women who do amazing things, not an airbrushed fantasy.

    The thing that is most amusing about all of this is that the same people who cry “nasty,” “disgusting,” or even “gross,” are the same people who are less than perfect themselves. What is that line about people in glass houses? Hmm. Something to think about. People just need to get off their high horses and chill out.

    • Jenni Chiu says:

      Agreed. Dudes like to look at hot women – it is what it is. But if Facebook isn’t going to censor pics of half naked women with “fuck me” written over their boobs, then they can’t censor pics of mothers showing no nipple and using breasts for what they’re actually for.
      And the people who cry “disgusting”… I think your right about glass houses… all kinds if glass…

  7. I am so excited you are doing this! Ashlee is one of my best friends and I’m so proud of her and this movement! It’s beautiful.


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