Target: Facebook founder, chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Goal: Thank Facebook for no longer removing breastfeeding photos
A victory for activists and proponents of breastfeeding was recently won, as Facebook has discontinued its controversial policy of removing images depicting breastfeeding after flagging them as unacceptable nudity. Facebook was often slower to police pictures featuring more graphic nudity, leading activists to call out the social media giant’s “double standard.” With the new changes, photos of breastfeeding women will not be taken down.
Breastfeeding can be controversial; some people object to it being done in public. However, breastfeeding is also the healthiest option for newborn babies. Women have also argued that bans on breastfeeding, in public or depicted on the Internet, take control and body autonomy away from mothers who deserve them just as much as anyone else.
Though the issues and disputes surrounding breastfeeding are not going to disappear overnight, Facebook’s move is another step towards allowing women to make their own choices when it comes to breastfeeding. No longer penalizing the depiction of breastfeeding will lead to greater acceptance as more people are exposed to the practice and grow to understand its importance. By signing this petition, you will thank Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for his company’s decision.
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,
Facebook recently made changes to its policy regarding photos depicting breastfeeding. These photos will no longer be classified as unacceptable nudity and removed. This change is a victory for women and for breastfeeding. When breastfeeding is stigmatized, women are stripped of the ability to make their own choices and to have control over their own bodies. Breastfeeding, as a healthy and natural practice, deserves to be recognized and tolerated, if not accepted.
This recent change has greatly benefited women who use Facebook and choose to breastfeed, and will help to make breastfeeding more widely accepted in the future. Thank you for doing your part to advance the rights of women to the use of their own bodies.
[Your Name Here]
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