ARNING: Some people might be offended by the female nipples in this article.
If it makes you feel any better try imagining that someone photoshopped a male nipple on the offending photographs…
The #FreeTheNipple movement is growing as social media users fight back against “community standards” on Instagram and Facebook that ban the female nipple in photos.
Women are photoshopping men’s nipples over female ones in a sarcastic hit back at gender hypocrisy.
Instagram says this about nudity:
“We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too.”
And Facebook has similar standards.
Orange Is The New Black star Matthew McGorry posted this pic to his Instagram, hitting back at female nipple censorship, by photoshopping the nipples of Chrissy Teigen and Miley Cyrus onto his body.
Hi. This is a photo of me from my bodybuilding years, circa 2010. And these are the nipples of @mileycyrus and @chrissyteigen (I hope you don’t mind me borrowing them!) from their Instagram posts that were removed due to the dangerousness of their visible female nips. Can’t you tell by how perverse my photo has become without my asexual male nippies? Sarcasm. If you’re new to the #FreeTheNipple movement (like I am!) let me tell you what I think I understand about it. The banning of women’s nipples may sound normal or even inconsequential as you think, “well, women’s nipples are more sexual than men’s nipples”. But that’s not some scientific fact. It’s because of how our society so heavily sexualizes women. And it should be up to the individual woman to decide if she wants to show them, just like men have the choice. Part of the stand of #FreeTheNipple is about the right of women to claim what their breasts and nipples mean to THEM, and not have that be defined by how men and much of society decides what their boobies mean. At this point, if you’re still clinging to the notion of “well, that’s just the way it’s been,” then you might reconsider thinking of yourself as a rational and progressive person. If you have breasts, you might think, “I’m not interested in showing my niplets on social media or in public,” in which case you should feel free to keep ‘em swaddled! But shouldn’t you support the freedom of CHOICE of the INDIVIDUAL woman to do this even if YOU don’t want to? Like, even if you’d never be interested in joining a protest, wouldn’t you think it’s important to have the CHOICE to be able to legally protest, if one so chooses? The answer is yes. You might be thinking to yourself, there are way more important issues out there than women being able to expose their bumpy buttons whenever men can. But it’s not just about getting an even tan; it’s one piece of the puzzle of creating deep change in the way our society objectifies women and creates these different standards for men and women (and other genders). At the heart of it, it’s simply about gender equality and equal rights. – #FreeTheNipple and photoshop newbie
Comedian Chelsea Handler is a leader in this movement along with Chrissy Teigen and Miley Cyrus.
Handler famously posted numerous #freethenipple photos onto her Instagram – only to have them removed.
Last year she recreated the famous photo of a topless Vladimir Putin on horseback only to have it removed three times…
If instagram takes this down again, you’re saying Vladimir Putin Has more 1st amendment rights than… http://t.co/oOeKWT1vMk
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 31, 2014
Recently Chrissy Teigen posted a photo exposing her nipple onto her Instagram, she left this message for her fans…
the nipple has been temporarily silenced but she will be back, oh yes, she will be back
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 29, 2015
Miley Cyrus has also spoken out about the double standards, and she’s no stranger to nudity since her recent Paper Magazine shoot.
British Supermodel Cara Delevingne has spoken out as well…
— Cara Delevingne (@Caradelevingne) June 25, 2014
The movement has been gaining momentum with more women posting on Instagram.