Nursing moms held an in-person "nurse-in" at Facebook's Palo Alto headquarters – and a much larger virtual protest, in which members of the "Hey Facebook! Breastfeeding is not obscene!" group replace their usual pictures with one of themselves (or partners) breastfeeding. The group has 50,000 members.
Facebook has removed profile and gallery photos that show the exposed nipple and areola of nursing moms' breasts (and non-nursing women's, as well) as violating its "obscene, pornographic or sexually explicit" ban, the San Jose Mercury News reports. For today, there is an organizing group: MILC (Mothers International Lactating Campaign), which says:
Not only is human lactation responsible for the very survival of our species, it is in no way a sexually explicit, lewd or despicable act. It is also protected by law in most countries, including specifically the state where Facebook is headquartered in the USA.Facebook's response, reported by the Post:
In protest to the discriminatory and unjust policy of Facebook administration classifying breastfeeding images as obscene content, on December 27th, 2008 M.I.L.C. is asking all of you to change your profile picture for one day, to one which includes an image of a nursing mom.