Apparently there are quite a few complaints regarding LiveJournal’s recent decision to not allow user pics showing breastfeeding. LiveJournal has decided these pictures fall within the “no nudity” guidelines for posting user pics on the site.
“Breastfeeding is exempt from nudity laws throughout the United States as well as countries such as Canada. Advocates are urging LiveJournal to adopt the same criteria. “It is regrettable that LiveJournal has chosen to target breastfeeding mothers instead of standing up for the protection provided them by law,” says Carrie Patterson, executive director of ProMom.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness and public acceptance of breastfeeding. Advocates state that the feeling that breastfeeding should be hidden only fosters the idea that the natural act of nourishing a child is scandalous.”
It’s their site; if they don’t want it, they don’t have to have it. I’m not anti-woman. I’m not anti-breastfeeding. I just don’t see why it’s such a big damn deal.
I’ve read a lot of complaints in which people argue for the user pics saying that “breastfeeding is natural.” Well, hey guess what, peeing is natural too. Can I create user pics of someone peeing and expect everyone to tolerate them? How about pooping? Sex is natural. The line has to be drawn somewhere.
I know no one at LiveJournal would stumble upon this, but bravo to you. Don’t back down.