The answer is: no.
Unfortunately, nowadays it appears that we fear nudity more so than we fear blatant violence. Think about the last time you saw someone post or share a video about a dog being killed in a brutal manner, or someone torturing a cat, or perhaps a beheading video?
And now think back to the last time you saw a nude female or male body being shown (in any context) on social media? The last time I have seen it was a big fuss that kicked off after people sharing the “Napalm Girl” image.
Yes, it may seem controversial sharing images of a naked child. But it was an important historical piece in the right context, so why ban it? And why are we looking at the NAKED child as the offending factor in the image, and NOT the violence that actually created the environment for this image to be taken in the first place?
OK, we get it. We won’t share personal family images of our nude children because it may trigger those who get their socks off looking at them and end up sexualising them. Facebook is not the place to share nude images of your children anyway, it should be kept private not least because of what others may see into the image, but because it’s your child in the image, who has no say in this matter (yet).
But, then the next issue is nipples. The extremely offending nipples that cause more controversy than blood gushing from someone’s body as they are tortured and video’d or photographed, and consequently posted on social media. Nipples are more offending than sexual harassment and abuse. It’s more offending than watching police violence videos.
You know, the nipples that feed children? The most natural thing in the world?
I remember an experiment one Instagram user conducted, by posting his rather shapely “man boobs” on the app, one without his face in it (which got banned, as the app assumed it’s a female posting it) and one with his (manly) face in, which was left alone. Because the nipples did not belong to a female.
This got me thinking, if I wear a top that’s quite see-through with no bra underneath and go out in public, do I get told off for indecent exposure?
Do I get turned away from a restaurant or a cafe, because you can see my nipples through my top? (because it’s oh-so-offensive)
But, what about the double standards that creep into high fashion? Would we, “the average people” be allowed to go out like this? Would we be allowed to post this on social media and get away with it?
The likely answer is that it might be allowed on social media as long as the person wearing it fits the current set beauty standards – slim, beautiful face, make up and hair, don’t forget a good quality photo edited to no end and plenty of followers.
The rest of us? We’ll get banned even if we show an image of a mother breastfeeding her baby. We might get banned if you can see our bum (and it’s not a super model’s). Or better yet. A bikini photo.
The girl in the photo (Samantha Newman) had her Instagram account banned by posting this image. Instagram later apologized, but nevertheless – are we punishing people for being who they are, for looking as they do and for attempting to show that they’re proud of it?
Is this some sort of social purity movement that’s going on and we were not aware of?
Let’s face it, if the excuse is that underaged app users are to be protected from seeing nudity, Instagram and Facebook must not be aware that there is such thing as search engines which will find everything and anything one may desire.
By the looks of it, the situation will not be resolved for a long time. We’ll see bans and warnings for showing a larger breast cleavage, for breastfeeding and much more, but fashion models will be allowed to flaunt their bodies in see through clothes. Nothing wrong with the latter, but the “average” sized, the “normal” looking people, which are the majority of us, should be in on it, too.