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Breastfeeding is not obscene

Regarding this, I am seriously upset by LJ's bullshit policy against depictions of breastfeeding. While I didn't delete my journal yesterday, I did just send this email:
Dear Six Apart and the entire LiveJournal team,
Recently I have become aware that numerous LJ accounts have been suspended for "obscenity" due to the use of icons depicting breastfeeding. These suspensions upset me and have forced me, for the first time, to consider abandoning my LJ account.

Breastfeeding is in no way obscene. It is a natural and healthy activity, one that is incredibly good for both the child and the mother. Throughout this country and the whole world, mothers are expected to breastfeed, and in enlightened places it is recognized that it is a perfectly fine activity to engage in anywhere, public or private. In California, where you are located, there are laws specifically protecting breastfeeding mothers from obscenity charges. I'm sure you know all of this; why does your policy seem to be totally contrary to that?

In any case, if I hear that perfectly healthy and completely inoffensive activities such as breastfeeding continue to be demonized and purged by your overly puritanical staff, I will not only give up my LiveJournal account, but I will do my best to convince everyone I know to do so as well. This is a very important issue to me, and your actions in regards to it disturb me greatly.

Thank you,
Ryan Freebern
If you agree, I urge you to send a similar letter to feedback@livejournal.com and express your displeasure. The best way to get them to change their policy is to let them know very clearly how we feel.

And if they refuse to change, yes, I will leave LJ, and yes, I will bug all of you to do the same.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 7th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
There's room for more than one opinion on that. Hey, maybe I should make an aborted-fetus default icon and shove it up in everyone's face. If abortion is okay, that's okay too, RIGHT?
Jun. 7th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm aware of the debate.
Jun. 7th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)

You are taking a militant position and making threats. You don't get to just walk away if you don't feel like defending your view.
Jun. 7th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
If you know the debate, then you know my views. I disagree that icons depicting breastfeeding are in any way obscene. I understand that other people disagree.

Why do you feel we need to rehash the debate here? It's all been said, and most likely by people more eloquent than I. All I'm doing is stating my position, making my views known to the people whose behavior is causing the debate (and to my friends list), and declaring what I'll do if things don't change. If you're looking for an argument, you'll need to look elsewhere.
Jun. 7th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Your posting seemed to be looking for a fight. You made threats, and that's not the same thing as "stating my position". But if you don't want to talk about it further, okay. I think your actions are inappropriate, and that's got nothing to do with my opinion on breastfeeding (which is strongly in favour), but I don't really care what you do because it has little to do with me.
Jun. 7th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
Fair enough. I meant for the threats to be primarily against LJ/6A.

I'm curious what you think is inappropriate. Telling 6A that I strongly disagree with their policy? Telling them that I don't want to use their service unless they change the policy? Or that I will encourage friends to also not use their service because of it?
Jun. 8th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
Personally, it makes me uncomfortable to see a woman breastfeeding in public, even though I support breastfeeding as a better way to nourish an infant. I do think it's a little silly to be banning breastfeeding photos, considering other stuff that gets posted, but LJ does have a right to refuse content on their site, just as you have a right to disagree. Why are people using breastfeeding pictures as icons anyways?
Jun. 9th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
See, I don't have a problem with it in public - kid's gotta eat and most of them wouldn't like a towel over their head or whaterver. I think the people using the icons are moms who bf and have photos of it. From what I heard the way it's set up they can have them just not as default icons. I don't see why people get so pissed about it, there are lots worse icons they could have.
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