Before I go however, I want to state that I am one person who participated in the "online protest" to Facebook, and had a photo of X-man feeding on my breast as my profile pic. My photo was not deleted, nor was I reported or warned... why? Not sure. The only reasons I can think of are 1) none of my friends are stupid enough or shallow enough to report an innocent picture of my beautiful bub having his snack and 2) my areola wasn't showing ... say what??? Yeah, because that dark edge of skin around my nipple wasn't showing, my photo was deemed LESS PORNOGRAPHIC.
WTF? Stupid, all of it. Any software developers out there who want to create a similar online social networking application???? You'd have A LOT of breastfeeding advocates jump ship in a heart beat! LOL Just kidding, there are others out there... maybe we all just have to find one we like. ;)
Anyway, here's Emma's letter that she got a friend to post to her group:
My name is Emma Kwasnica. I am a 30-year-old Canadian tandem-nursing mother living in Montréal, whose Facebook account has now been entirely disabled over the breastfeeding photos controversy (http://www.time.com/time/n
For the record, my entire Facebook account has now been deleted, with no explanation from the administrators of Facebook. While they have not confirmed the reason for disabling my account, I can only suspect it stems from the fact that, in the days leading up to the disabling of my account, I had photos of me breastfeeding my daughters deleted, and was given a "warning" for having had uploaded "obscene" content that renders Facebook "unsafe for children".
Given the amount of obscene, pornographic, and truly disturbing photos, applications and groups that proliferate across Facebook, I am stunned that this has happened to me. I am an aspiring midwife/Childbirth Educator/ Breastfeeding Counselor; I run a lively discussion group on Facebook called 'Informed Choice : Birth and Beyond' (http://www.facebook.com/gr
Facebook has not responded to my e-mails politely enquiring why my account has been disabled. They remain faceless. Hence the reason why I am now reaching out and going public with my situation. I am desperate to get my words back, and most importantly, the general North American public needs to be made aware of Facebook's disgusting double standards regarding "decency". I am revolted to report that Facebook allows the likes of a group called "Dead Babies Make Me Laugh", and yet, someone such as myself, who wants nothing but to inspire and help women on their journey to birthing healthy, vibrant babies, has her whole account deleted.
I have now done radio station interviews (a Sakatoon one, as well as Montréal's 98.5 FM), and was interviewed for 'La Presse' newspaper here in Montréal, the article for which appeared in yesterday's edition of 'La Presse' (http://technaute.cyberpres
There is a Canadian slant to this whole Facebook fiasco, in that the tireless organisor of the original online protest (http://www.facebook.com/ev
Please help me by spreading the word of Facebook's appalling actions (such as by posting this to your blog), and consider this an official plea to get the word out ! For the sake of the next generation of babies, people everywhere need to understand that the larger issue of normalising breastfeeding is deeply important here. In 2009, it is unacceptable that women feel shamed, or are sexualised, while providing the most normal, the most physiologically appropriate food for their babies : breastmilk.
-Emma Kwasnica, Montréal
PS Here you will find the full-page newspaper article/image from Le Journal de Montréal (http://picasaweb.google.ca