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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    Marianne, 30 Dec 2008 @ 3:08pm

    My view - call a spade a spade, or: a breast is a breast is a breast

    Breast feeding is a natural normal act associated with feeding human young. Fornication is also a natural normal act originally associated with creating human young to feed. If a mother whips out a breast in public to feed her baby, I say cover it up lady. If a husband and wife start fornicating in public to create a baby, I say get a room and do it in private. And while I am on a roll, defecation is also a natural normal act associated with keeping a human body free of toxins, but that doesn't mean it's okay to do in public! If they allow photos of bare breasts feeding babies, then why don't they just allow photos of bare breasts? What exactly is the difference? Bare is bare.

    If they allow photo's of bare breasts for the purpose of feeding babies, then they should allow photo's of fornication for the purpose of making babies, because if it has that purpose, it's not pornography, right? I mean, a bare breast with a nipple hanging out about to be glommed onto by a newborn baby, is no different than a bare breast with a nipple hanging out about to be glommed onto by a grown male or female. Bare breast is bare breast.

    The women posting pictures online of themselves bare breasted with babies nearby or feeding are just exibitionists. What is the point? Exactly why are they putting their bare breasts on facebook? They are certainly not doing it to just post pictures of their baby. It would have taken less than two seconds to cover up the bare breasts. No, they are posting pictures of their milk engorged breasts, under the guise of posting pictures of themselves with their baby. I'm okay with that. But let's call a spade a spade and be honest here. Bare breasts are bare breasts. Many people call that porn.

    It's a matter of opinion on whether adding a baby to the picture changes the definition of it being porn or not, but the person with the bad is the person adding a baby to the picture and posting it online, not the person saying the bare breast is objectionable and needs to be posted in a different media forum, like the kind that takes your credit card to view the pictures. Exhibitionism is exhibitionism and putting your baby in a photo online with your bare breasts is just sick and wrong. It's using your baby to feed voyeurism, and like I said, belongs on a website that takes your credit card before it lets you look at the pictures.


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