Breast-Feeding Photo Brouhaha Shows How Impossible It Is To Rate Websites

from the mission-impossible dept

Just after the UK's culture minister, Andy Burnham, announced that he thinks all websites can and should be rated, comes a story that highlights what a ridiculous suggestion it is to say that you can simply classify all websites. Facebook is facing a bit of a backlash after the company started banning some photos of women breast-feeding as being inappropriate. Basically, Facebook has been making its own judgment on which of those photos are "obscene" and which are fine -- and it's pissing off a bunch of moms whose photos have been deleted. And, of course, this is just one simple example. Thinking that there's some sort of single objective measure by which all sites (or content) can be rated is so wrong it's hard to believe that someone thinking such a thing was possible could hold down a serious job, let alone elected office.

Filed Under: andy burnham, breast feeding, indecent content, ratings
Companies: facebook

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    a nonny mouse coward, 30 Dec 2008 @ 1:38pm

    "I wonder if these women realize that they are exposing themselves and their children to becoming masturbation fodder for a segment of the population that has a fetish for breastfeeding, or to some emotionally and sexually stunted person who finds ALL breasts arousing, regardless of the way it is presented."

    I wonder if women who sneeze in public realize they are exposing themselves to becoming masturbation fodder for guys with a sneezing fetish. Hell, I wonder if women who walk around without their burka on realize that somewhere, some horny teenage guy is probably whacking it thinking of them.

    Those poor gullible women, so sadly willing to exchange their right to avoid sexual molestation in other people's private thoughts for the pointless freedom to raise their children in a way they find beneficial without becoming social recluses. Probably best to have a more rational person make the decision for them.

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