Breastfeeding Debate

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, 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.

6 thoughts on “Breastfeeding Debate

  1. That’s frustrating. LiveJournal doesn’t have to allow anything they don’t want to allow. It doesn’t mean they are hostile toward breastfeeding.

    “the feeling that breastfeeding should be hidden only fosters the idea that the natural act of nourishing a child is scandalous”

    Well, there are plenty of *natural acts* that most people don’t do in public. 😉 Although, for the record, I don’t mind mothers breastfeeding around me one bit. I just don’t think a business needs to allow it if they don’t want to. This is the same issue as the smoking bans. If you own a business, *you* get to say whether or not people smoke there. No one else does.

    • A clarification

      I agree that LJ should have the right to regulate content on their site.

      I think the main issue with the breast feeding icon was that the women was asked to remove her icon under the old guidelines, which only forbid “sexually explicit or violent default icons”, of which breastfeeding is, of course, neither. Calling it such is what has so many people up in arms.

      After she was told to remove the icon or be removed, they changed the guidelines to fit.

      That’s the only problem I have with the issue. They should have changed the rules before talking to her.

      It should also be pointed out that this ban is only on “default” icons. You can have all of the violence and nudity you want otherwise. 🙂 Which is just fine with me.

        • Re: A clarification

          I think it’s just because of the risk of someone accidentally posting nudity in, say, a school lj group.

          I think it’s just lj’s way of covering their butts if something legal were to come up.

          • Re: A clarification

            You ever explain something, and then wonder why you explained it?

            Like you couldn’t figure out why lj wrote the rules that way.

            Stupid migraine. Just because I feel dumb doesn’t mean everyone else is.

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