Sarah Silverman Posted a Photo of Her Naked Breasts to Instagram to Make a Critical Point About Female Nudity
The comedian called out Instagram's double standard.
Note: The following post contains images of (100% natural and normal) female nudity.
It’s 2019, and for some frustrating reason nipples on female-presenting bodies are still seen as inherently sexual. This attitude makes it more difficult to breastfeed in public or to share a natural, topless selfie even in a nonsexual context. And recently, comedian Sarah Silverman called this ridiculous double standard out after Instagram flagged one of her photos.
In a May 9th tweet, Silverman shared a photo in which she stands topless in front of her bathroom mirror. She wrote that Instagram had removed the photo on the grounds that it was “obscene.”
On Instagram, she made her point by sharing a censored version of the picture alongside an uncensored image of a topless man.
Instagram’s community guidelines note that “some photos of female nipples” are considered inappropriate nudity. However, the social media site states that “photos of post-op mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed.” Pictures of nude paintings or statues are also permitted, per the guidelines.
Again, it’s 2019, but apparently this still needs reiterating: Topless women—just like topless men—are not inherently sexual. Now can major social media platforms please change their policies to reflect this?
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