10 Times Social Media Policed the Female Body and Failed Miserably (NSFW)
Constance Hall's Photo Celebrating Her Mom-Bod
Earlier this year, the body-positive activist posted a mirror selfie to social media, rocking a bra and underwear while showing off her mom bod. Unfortunately, her photo was tagged as inappropriate and was taken down for violating Facebook and Instagram's policies.
According to Elite Daily, Hall said, "Facebook and Insta deleted the photo of my glorious curvaceous comfy body the other night. In an act that can only be described as #mumbod envy. Don't worry admin, one day you will have a comfy #mumbod too." Wouldn't that be the day?
Tess Holliday's Bikini Photo
Facebook banned this photo of the plus-size model after it was posted by the feminist group Cherchez la Femme.
After the group appealed the rejection, Facebook defended the decision by saying the photo did not comply with their "health and fitness policy," AND that it depicted "body parts in an undesirable manner." (Insert eye roll here.)
After a lot of understandable backlashes, the social media network apologized for banning the photo and allowed it back on the site.
Curvy Kate's Extremely Diverse Lingerie Campaign Photo
To prove that inclusiveness is powerful, Curvy Kate launched a lingerie campaign featuring diverse women including a transgender woman, an amputee, and someone living with alopecia.
However, the ad featuring the trans model's story and a post about plus-size half-cup bras were removed by Facebook after they were said to be in violation of its advertising policy.
After having the decision appealed and receiving a lot of harsh criticism, Facebook apologized for the error and approved both ads.
That Time Instagram Banned Hashtag #Curvy
In July 2015, Instagram caused a nationwide outrage after banning the hashtag #curvy. The popular social photo service said it made the decision because the hashtag was being used for porn and therefore violated the site's terms of service.
But as Buzzfeed pointed out, words like "skinny" and "thin" were still searchable as hashtags. See the double standard there?
Later that month, Instagram agreed the decision was a mistake, apologized to users, and reinstated the hashtag.
Chelsea Handler's Topless Photo
The talk show host and comedian posted this picture to her Instagram account two years ago saying, "Anything a man can do, a woman has the right to do better." (We love you, Chelsea.)
The social media platform repeatedly removed the image from her page saying it violated its community guidelines. Later, the star took to Twitter saying, "Taking this down is sexist. I have every right to show I have a better body than Putin."
Instagram never reinstated the picture and Handler decided to part ways with the site for a while.
Brittany Yobe's Photo of Herself Working Out While Pregnant
The Instagram fitness star recently posted a video of herself working out while pregnant with her first child. However, the belly-baring video seemed to be too much for Instagram to handle, leading the brand to disable Yobe's entire account.
"All I was doing in the video was working out like I'd done in all the other workout videos I have posted for years," Yobe told Cosmopolitan in an interview. "There was nothing out of the ordinary in this one besides my bump."
After appealing the decision, her account was re-activated.
Hannah Moore's Picture of Her Post-Pregnancy Stretch Marks
Hannah Moore wanted nothing more than to feel comfortable in her skin after giving birth to twins. The 20-year-old shared this image to her Instagram, hoping it would empower her to embrace her stretch marks. "Nobody should be judged by their size because everyone is beautiful," she captioned the photo.
Two minutes later, her account was deactivated, making Moore feel like her body was, "fat, ugly...disgusting and it made people sick." Instagram ended up reinstating the account explaining they made a "technical mistake."
Moore, who was bullied during school for her weight, was left with a shattered self-esteem.
Samm Newman's Photo of Herself Embracing Her Body
The Ohio college student had her Instagram account shut down after posting this picture of herself in a bra and boy shorts. The 19-year-old had been bullied for her weight her whole life. It wasn't until she found empowerment through the body positive movement that she felt strong enough to share her body with the world.
Instagram eventually reinstated her account, but only after NBC and several other big-name media platforms covered Newmann's story.
Aarti Olivia Dubey's Bikini Photo With Three Other Plus-Size Women
From the Kardashians to Victoria's Secret models, there is no shortage of flawless bikini pics on Instagram. But when a plus-size woman posts an image showing off her body, it "violates" Instagram's policies. Dubey, a Singaporean-Indian blogger, experienced such discrimination when this picture of her was taken down.
"HOW is this image being hateful, hurtful, abusive, trolling or obscene?" she captioned another photo calling out the social media site. "Do 3 fat girls in swimsuits equate to gore, porn, racism, sexism? Or is it that people only want to see slim girls in swimsuits?"
Two weeks after the post was removed, Instagram issued an apology and put the post back up on Dubey's feed.
Ann Marie Giannino-Otis' Photo of Her Mastectomy Scars
To help support the 200,000 American women who are diagnosed with breast cancer a year, Giannino-Otis shared a picture of her mastectomy scars on her Facebook page, Stupid Dumb Cancer. Within minutes, Facebook took the picture down, claiming it was pornographic.
"They want everything to be beautiful and it's not. Breast cancer is not pretty. Not in the least bit," she told CBS in an interview. "The battle is to keep helping women, and I will never ever stop doing that."
After having a petition signed by more than 500,000 people, Facebook changed their policy allowing mastectomy pictures as long as they are educational, surgical, and do not have nipples.