Facebook Won’t Show You Breast Cancer Survivors But Tatum’s Nude Is Totally Fine

Absolutely fuming. Facebook has pulled down a breast cancer survivor campaign due to its ‘apparent’ violations against their nudity policies. Despite this outrageous stunt, which following the live streaming of the Christchurch incident is ridiculously misaligned and inherently discriminatory, Channing Tatum’s nude photos still remain clear, accessible and for all the world to see.

Facebook won’t show you the photos but we certainly will. They’re beautiful, humbling, and as a female, I find them inspiring and incredibly powerful.

Breast Cancer Network Australia.

So Facebook, I’m wondering what constitutes ‘nude’? And more importantly, why you deem it appropriate to discriminate against a dignified expression of empowerment whilst turning a blind eye to the explicitly sexualised and intentionally nude photo of a random white male. Please, would love to know.

The campaign features a series of ten cancer survivors (nine of them female) posing with a limited edition ‘fun bun’ over their breasts. The annual Pink Bun Campaign honours the beauty and strength of the female body whilst attempting to eliminate the stigma of scars, uneven breasts and the variations of breast sizes and shapes post-mastectomy. The goal of the campaign is multi-faceted, but the most significant intention is to re-affirm that breasts are not a sexualised commodity, rather a representation of natural beauty and what makes us human. It would seem Facebook needs a lesson in this department, and I’m willing to sit ’em down.

There’s outrage flying around that Facebook are routinely misaligned with what constitutes inappropriate and against their mysterious set of regulations. The live streaming of the Christchurch massacre is among many other cases where Facebook has passively watched explicitly violent, vicious and terrifying acts disseminated across the net. Back in 2017, a horrific attack against a disabled man in Chicago was live streamed, and so too was the gang rape of a Swedish woman.

So Facebook, where do you draw the line? I get that it’s a pretty fine line to define ‘inappropriate’, but we know these photos are done without malice – surely. I think it’s pretty fair to celebrate the triumph of cancer victims and their empowering breasts which act to tell their stories.

Sources: Twitter, Breast Cancer Network Australia. 

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