Mother Gets Banned from Facebook for Breastfeeding Photo, Fights Back
Gina Crosley-Corcoran's account was suspended twice, for posting “inappropriate” photos
Gina Crosley-Corcoran, feminist blogger and mother of an 18-month-old baby, is fighting Facebook regulations, which got her account suspended. Gina posted a picture of herself during the act of breastfeeding on Facebook.The photo features Crosley-Corcoran nursing, while her child holds a piece of bacon.
“And now, you've seen everything: Jolene swiped bacon off my plate and tried to nurse and eat at the same time. When I got bit, I told her she had to choose. She chose bacon. :),” the description reads.
Her post received mostly positive reviews, and 1,500 users "liked" it. Some, however, were not as happy with this kind of imagery being accepted on the website. Her account was suspended for “inappropriate” content, and she was criticized for nursing her baby, who is over the age of one.
An excerpt from a statement by a Facebook spokesperson, issued to the Huffington Post, aims to clarify that the nature of the picture is acceptable on the social networking site, but nudity isn't.
“We agree that breastfeeding is natural and we are very glad to know that it is important for mothers, including the many mothers who work at Facebook, to share their experience with others on the site.
“The vast majority of breastfeeding photos are compliant with our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Facebook takes no action on such content. However, photos which contain a fully exposed breast, do violate our terms and may be removed if they are reported to us,” the rep says.
The mother has decided to start a campaign “to normalize breastfeeding on Facebook.” She started to upload other pictures of herself nursing, after her account was reinstated on Friday, November 16.
It only took 12 hours for one of the pictures to be deleted from the site, resulting in another ban for the blogger.
This time, it will take another 7 days for her to be able to use Facebook again, and she plans to continue her lobby for the online acceptance of breastfeeding photos.