Posted by Lauren Reno
You may have seen a few articles circulating social media lately that tell the story of 22 year old Rupi Kaur, who posted a photo of herself, fully clothed, and menstruating. Instagram promptly took the photo down, saying that it did not meet Instagram’s Community Guidelines.
Photo Credit: José Moutinho via Creative Commons.
Kaur then posted the photo again after it was taken down a second time, this time on other social media sites such as Tumblr and Facebook, with the caption:
“Thank you @Instagram for providing me with the exact response my work was created to critique. You deleted my photo twice stating that it goes against community guidelines. I will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in underwear but not be okay with a small leak, when your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified. Pornified. And treated less than human. Thank you.”
Later, after many people on social media began to express their anger on the issue, Instagram apologized to Kaur and has restored her photo. You can take a look at Kaur’s full project here.
Along with Kaur, many people believe that it is wrong for Instagram to censor pictures of women doing exactly what women were made to do, such as breast feeding and menstruating. Why is it not okay for women to be depicted in photos doing those things, and yet, half naked pictures are perfectly acceptable?
So what do you think? Is it wrong for Instagram to remove photos of women doing what is natural for women? Or should it be removed for making some viewers uncomfortable?