Butts, Boobs, & Bullshit Nudity Policies

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Imagine being offended by these gorgeous Ludovic Florent photographs?

As part of a really poorly thought-out harassment campaign I’ve been having nearly every professional photo I’ve published on Facebook since 2007 reported by a small group of people for nudity. I don’t know who they are, nor do I really care who they are. However, I think that the Facebook policies on nudity being brought to light are incredibly poignant and that is why I am going to share with you some of these beautiful photos, how I feel about the way we consider nudity in American culture, and how the policies Facebook and popular places like it upholds are actually quite detrimental.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot today. How people become embittered when they see a woman famous simply for being beautiful, yet we rarely strive to see them be anything else. The idea of a woman controlling that beauty and manipulating it in a way that puts her on top really enrages people. Nudity enrages people.

Is the nudity inherently pornographic?

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Or are you legitimately a pervert?

Think about Kim Kardashian in her recent Paper Magazine shoot. Or Nicki Minaj in just about everything she does. No one is forcing you to look at their butts, nor are they forcing you to talk about it. Nicki and Kim are just doing what they get paid to do. Because by whatever cocktail of working-out, luck, genetics, and maybe even plastic surgery Nicki and Kim have achieved forms we’re taught as women to envy and we’re taught as men to desire fervently.

One violates Facebook policy. The other doesn’t.

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Why?

We shouldn’t shame a girl who works within a broken system and shows us why it’s broken. Because at the end of the day we’re still judging female supreme court justices by the way that they look, we’re still sharing memes about how a hot actress was actually smart, and then throwing stones at the women who know they look good but don’t have to do anything else beyond that.

So let the trolls report nudity on things that aren’t lewd. Let people be mad at the female form, or the male form, and pretend that we’re born with clothes on because for some reason they think that it’s funny, inconvenient, offensive, provocative, or whatever. But don’t allow them to have us censor something as beautiful as sensual art, something as empowering as individuals in control of their bodies.

One violates Facebook’s policy. The other doesn’t.

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At least I know you’ve just read some good food for thought.

When I think about the people who make these kinds of rules I imagine it must be hard to see a photo of a naked woman and feel the urge to masturbate ferociously, every time. It must also be very confusing for them to see a woman in control of her body and not displaying it for the sake of pornography. Or a man displaying his body not for comedy, but for beauty. Maybe for the sake of pure art, or maybe for pure profit. What does it feel like to be intrigued and then to be abashed by your own intrigue?

These photos aren’t cartoons and characters created for your sole amusement and pleasure. These are people who feel empowered and comfortable enough in their bodies to share it. These are people who admire the human form, and who want to express themselves in the skin they were born into. I feel horrible for those who have married nudity to pornography. They’re stuck in the past while time is moving the rest of us right along.

How is this any more obscene than body paint?

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It’s not.

I don’t think we should be encouraging the idea that nudity is inherently pornographic. Because it’s not. I mean, with the exception of children, I don’t really think nudity should be removed if the nude party voluntarily put it up. Nudity on its own is not porn nor inappropriate particularly in an artistic context. And by Facebook’s own standards most of these pictures I have posted are not pornographic. In fact, most of them have passed the reports, then to be removed by another mod following another report.

Lastly, arguing that we should ban nudity because there are children present is invalid. Especially 13+. Teens and Children should see nudity, and all different kinds of nude people. Particularly in nonpornographic and healthy presentation.

“It’s an ass! It’s been around for centuries!”

“Dogs aren’t this fixated on it! Why are we treating it like an art exhibition?!”

In reality hardcore and even softcore porn has become teen sex education. Importantly, body image and comparisons are made through porn and media in addition to introducing sexual normality for both boys and girls. Porn wouldn’t sell so well if it showed us only what was typical. Teens lie about their age and view porn, as well as they will to be part of the big social media platform. So why should we censor healthy mediums where people are elevated and not degraded in their nudity where teens or children might see? What message is that sending?

Discomfort with nudity is really harming this culture. It’s holding us back and allowing us to only see a small scope into how wonderful embracing our shapes can be. If we shame the beautiful people for being naked, what is that doing to the rest of us who are just average and trying to feel good in our skin? What is that saying to the girl and boy who have a changing body, or the people who are going to have their photos leaked and oogled? Nudity is an inescapable reality. Let’s accept it and stop shunning people who do embrace it. Then maybe we can focus on the things that make us truly special.

12 thoughts on “Butts, Boobs, & Bullshit Nudity Policies

  1. I say phase FB out. Thats what Im doing. Based off of the things you click on, the things you dont, disappear altogether from your newsfeed, FB assumes this is irrelevant to you. Furthermore, your posts dont even get seen by everyone. Consider a more “liberal” platform like twitter or tumblr or pintrest, I have done so and none of my material gets filtered out by an algorithm. As far as nudity goes, Im an artist, anatomy is a core fundamental. What I consider tasteful another may see as blatant pornography. Every person has their own set of boundaries. We cannot always control what the viewer will feel. What others see is merely a reflection of what they hold inside. Its unfortunate that you get flagged all the time, there is literally no need, because FB features a “I dont want to see this” button. A well written article btw.

    • Thanks for your input. I’m getting flagged as part of a legitimate harassment campaign. I’m not the only one being targeted. But they can’t control that here. I do like Twitter, however, they have began to filter material as well as I have seen from my own friends. It’s unfortunate but they’ve decided to move forward with a Facebook pay to play like model.

      • Is that true? I guess I would just have to move to tumblr and instagram full time. I like that I can post whatever format that suits me on tumblr. I actually become incredibly annoyed by Twitter and their 140 character limit. I NEED TO SAY THINGS DAMMIT! lol. “a legitimate harassment campaign”? What uh…..kind of material are you posting? I love the internet, I wish that other people would’nt dictate what I can and cannot see (within reason)

        Well, I wish you luck with it. At least here on WordPress, you can keep it real. Cheers!

      • It’s not just me, it’s quite a few people I’m connected with on Facebook and Twitter getting our pictures reported. The things up are regular photos including the ones posted here. The people aren’t on my friend list, they’re targeting me by association.

        It’s not really a bother, just brought up this topic for me to tackle. I’m glad it did. Thanks for reading! I’ll definitely still be around WP!

  2. I have mixed feelings on this. I personally don’t have any issues with the nude photos you posted on you FB page. In fact those are amazing. But I also understand that not every single person is interested in seeing NSFW content. FB should have a NSFW filter like Ello so people only see such content if they want to.

    As for the people who reported you. I don’t think they have a problem with nudity at all. My bet is that those people look at stuff more extreme with their plentiful free time.

    • I’m not sure I agree that SFW means we have to pretend like we were born wearing clothes. Sure that isn’t going to change overnight, but that’s like saying we don’t parade bare asses all over our advertising.

      The idea that nipples for only one gender isn’t Safe For Work just screams nonsense to me. When you’re a work you shouldn’t be on Social Media or on Porn. If you get fired, it should be for slacking, not because there were pictures of nude ballerinas in your feed.

      We have no problem showing people “fake” nudity, “fake” proportions, unrealistic standards within our culture so distorted by Photoshop that we might as well consider it an extra layer of clothing. As long as the subjects don’t show a butt hole, frontal pelvis, or the actual nipples [of a woman] it’s all considered fair game. Considering that I’m still not really sure why artistic and realistic representations of nudity are discouraged, if not banned, on most platforms… in America.

      The people who reported me are targeting a few writers. It has nothing to do with the nudity, it has to do with them being sad and lonely. I supported a good friend, and became a target. Whatever, I have nothing to hide and as I said Facebook approves many of the photos. Regardless, these policies in general are just outdated and useless.

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