What is it about women’s bare nipples that gets social media platforms so riled up? In the past months countless images have been removed from Instagram and Facebook because of their inclusion of female nipples while shirtless men and graphic violence remain uncensored. And yet the double standard applied by anti-nipple community guidelines across social media hasn’t gone without backlash, leaving campaigns like Free the Nipple with newfound support.
Recently, bearing breasts has catalyzed a string of celebrity Instagram removals, starting with Rihanna in late April, who posted the image from her cover shoot for French magazine Lui, in which the singer wears nothing more than bikini bottoms and a bucket hat. Rihanna’s Insta-take-down was shortly followed by the deactivation of US Vogue’s photo editor, Grace Coddington’s, account after she posted a topless line-drawing promoting her curated sale of nudes on Paddle8. Most recently, Scout Willis had her account disabled after she posted an image of a jumper bearing the image of a naked woman. Willis took to the streets and Twitter (apparently the only nipple-friendly social media site) to contest Instagram’s censorship of the female body.
Facebook has a similarly stringent anti-nipple policy that allows female breasts to be displayed on their site, but only when suckled by an infant. In fact, Facebook is so keen to keep the nipple from appearing in the context of female sexuality, that if there isn’t direct nipple-baby contact the image will be removed. Alternatively, the site allows “graphic images” of animals as long as it’s “in the context of food processing or hunting as it occurs in nature”, bodily fluids — with the exception of semen — and deep flesh wounds/ crushed limbs and skulls.
Like Facebook and Instagram, Pinterest has a pretty buttoned up code of use in regards to nudity, but those restrictions also extend to violence, bullying and any type of representation of illegal activity. In contrast, Tumblr and Flickr utilize a filter system that allows users to select whether or not they are exposed to the “mature” content posted by other users. For whatever reason, no one is really posting their boobs on Google+, and the jury is still out on where LinkedIn falls on the nipple matrix.
However, the prevalence of social media nipple-censorship has inspired a series of creative responses pushing back against the stringent guidelines. For example, Micol Hebron posted a satirical “digital pastie” one can use to cover offending female nipples with a male nipple template to sneak those topless photos past image regulators.
Three Looted Antiquities at the Met Repatriated to Turkey
Nine other repatriated works were seized from Met Trustee Shelby White, whose collection was subject to a criminal investigation.
This week, the world’s lightest paint, Pakistan’s feminist movement, World Puppy Day, and were some of Vermeer’s paintings created by his daughter?
The Wider World and Scrimshaw
On March 28, join the New Bedford Whaling Museum online and in-person for a symposium on global carving traditions from across the Pacific Rim.
Who Will Decide on the Future of a Miami Native Burial Ground?
Native activists say sacred remains and objects dug up from a Brickell construction site should remain there, but mega-developer Jorge Pérez is pushing back.
How Can a Curator Approach South Asian Futurisms?
How do I acknowledge my shortcomings while reckoning with obscured histories and the exclusion of subaltern narratives in the fine art landscape? A working checklist for curators.
MCA Chicago Presents On Stage: Frictions
Will Rawls, Shamel Pitts | TRIBE, and Barak adé Soleil explore Blackness, queerness, movement, and dance in performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
The Complicated Legacy of Camilo Egas
The Ecuadorian painter, a leading figure of Latin America’s Indigenismo art movement, has been both praised and scorned for his representation of Indigenous peoples.
Tom Jones Zeroes in on Ho-Chunk Visibility
“I think about the young kids, the teenagers, and I think being able to see yourself represented in art is so powerful,” says the artist.
Haggerty Museum of Art Presents Tomás Saraceno in Dialogue With Dr. Somesh Roy
The artist and researcher will explore soot’s effects on climate change and public health in this online conversation.
Hundreds of Artworks by NYC Teenagers Go on View at the Met
The talented seventh through twelfth-grade students are recipients of the 2023 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
NYC’s Flatiron Building Sells for a Whopping $190M
The sale to outsider bidder Jacob Garlick puts an end to the protracted legal battle between the iconic skyscraper’s five former owners.
McKnight Visual Artist Fellows Discussion Series at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
The series features 2021 Fellows David Bowen, Mara Duvra, Rotem Tamir, Ben Moren, and Dyani White Hawk in conversation with renowned curators and critics.
The Best Memes Roasting the “We ❤️ NYC” Campaign
A graphic designer on Twitter created a hilarious send-up of the universally reviled logo, and the rest is history.
Did You Know These Museums Were Free for New Yorkers?
The “Free Admission” campaign is advocating to make ticket pricing information more transparent to visitors, who may be confused or misled by institutions’ language.
I’m happy to know I can tweet my nipples
Check your nipple privilege.
Other solutions for getting around the nipple censors here: http://deaduntilfriday.com/2014/06/digital-pasties-and-other-solutions-for-hiding-your-hideous-nipples/
I posted a picture of Lynda Benglis’ 1974 Artforum centerfold and it was taken down by Facebook – not sure if it was the nipples or the dildo, but Instagram has yet to take it down
Websites that rely heavily on traditional advertising have to censor as a part of doing business. Advertisers do not want to be affiliated with what’s considered mature content. Thems the breaks. I don’t think Facebook particularly cares that much outside of economic reasons.
Female toplessness is still not legal across most of the United States, and despite being legal in New York since 1992, is still viewed as a shocker to most NYers when it happens, and has been known to still often result in police intervention (despite its legality). This would seem more of a pressing issue than what private companies policies are.
Female Nipples HEAVENS NO!………yet a daily dose of 9 YARDS of JOLO & Kim Kardashian-West cleavage is NO PROBLEM as seen on ALL Faux NEWS channels!
Comments are closed.