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Over the past few years, Instagram and its parent company, Facebook, got some stick for censorship of women's bodies but not those of men.
Basically if a guy wants to get his top off, then Instagram is cool with him posting an image on the social networking app, but if a woman does it will remove the post in certain circumstances.
Instagram does restrict some images of female breasts if it includes the nipple, but the company does not restrict anything to do with breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring.
It still remains as a difficult issue, as commentators have pointed out. Why is it okay for a man to show flesh, but not a woman? What right do social networking services have to censor women's bodies? How can these patriarchal values be removed from our society?
An Instagram spokesperson has said in a statement: "We are deeply invested in building a platform where people can express themselves, but we need to be mindful that our community is made up of people of different ages, backgrounds and beliefs. This is a complex area and it's not always easy to satisfy everyone, but we are trying our best and we are listening to the community."
Instagram has also explained that it has uniform policies in order to attempt to treat people fairly and the company is always looking to evaluate its policies.
It comes as one Instagram account is pointing out the the problems of Instagram's wardrobe policy.
Founded this past week by Morgan-Lee Wagner, Evelyne Wyss and Marco Russo, Genderless Nipples is an Instagram account that features images of nipples without anything else that would indicate someone's gender.
Take a look here...
Each image has a caption about equality, such as 'No one is free when others are oppressed' or 'People of quality do not fear equality'. It's great to see what is perceived as sexism by some people being put to the sword.
Featured image credit: Instagram / genderless_nipples
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