Sarah - posted on 01/08/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )
This is copied from my friend, Emma's message regarding her deleted facebook account. ALL breastfeeding women should be aware of this-- we need to stand up for our right to breastfeed and for people to realise that breastfeeding is beautiful, normal and natural-- not obscene!!!
My name is Emma Kwasnica. I am a 30-year-old Canadian tandem-nursing mother living in Montréal, whose Facebook account has now been entirely disabled over the breastfeeding photos controversy. The official petition group on Facebook is called Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is NOT obscene! . I am reaching out because I think you might be interested in the Facebook fiasco over breastfeeding images, and them being classed as "obscene, sexually explicit and pornographic". Yes, I said breastfeeding. The most loving, selfless act on Earth.
For the record, my entire Facebook account has now been deleted, with no explanation from the administrators of Facebook. While they have not confirmed the reason for disabling my account, I can only suspect it stems from the fact that, in the days leading up to the disabling of my account, I had photos of me breastfeeding my daughters deleted, and was given a "warning" for having had uploaded "obscene" content that renders Facebook "unsafe for children" (please see attached screen shots).
Given the amount of obscene, pornographic, and truly disturbing photos, applications and groups that proliferate across Facebook, I am stunned that this has happened to me. I am an aspiring midwife/Childbirth Educator/ Breastfeeding Counselor; I run a lively discussion group on Facebook called Informed Choice : Birth and Beyond, and have been sharing all of my summarised research, studies, links regarding pregnancy, birth and motherhood with a group of nearly three hundred people, since July 2008. And now, everything that I ever wrote, all my photos, all of my midwifery-related research, has been deleted --right off the face of Facebook. Furthermore, this does not concern me alone, as many (over a hundred ?) other Facebook users had their posts deleted, too, since whole discussion threads were deleted into oblivion, if it was indeed me who began the thread (which, 80% of the time, I had started the threads, since this was my group/me sharing the most recent research relevant to the childbearing/-rearing woman).
Facebook has not responded to my e-mails politely enquiring why my account has been disabled. They remain faceless. Hence the reason why I am now reaching out and going public with my situation. I am desperate to get my words back, and most importantly, the general North American public needs to be made aware of Facebook's disgusting double-standards regarding "decency". I am revolted to report that Facebook allows the likes of a group called "Dead Babies Make Me Laugh", and yet, someone such as myself, who wants nothing but to inspire and help women on their journey to birthing healthy, vibrant babies, has her whole account deleted.
There was also a story done about this on CBC Montreal.. here is the link.....
The news hour broadcast will be available online at CBC's web site for approximately the next 6 hours, here : http://www.cbc.ca/ondemand/newsatsix/mon... (feel free to skip ahead to the Facebook vs. breastfeeding photos segment, which begins at 48:40).
What are your thoughts? Do you nurse in public? Have you received positive and negative responses to your breastfeeding in public ( covered up or not)? Has facebook deleted photos of you or friends breastfeeding?
If you want to join the petition, go to the group: Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is NOT obscene!
You can also join the group: Informed Choice : Birth and Beyond
Thanks for your time mommies!!