The rules are in place for good reason, I think. While it may not be progressive to ban certain boob photos and not others (slutty Halloween costumes seem fine to Facebook, but the site has made women delete pics of themselves breastfeeding, which I think is wrong), I think the ultimate goal is to save Facebook the company, as well as the individual, a lot of hassle. Children use Facebook and I would imagine that some litigious parents would sue Mark Zuckerberg for his dog bowl if they discovered their 13-year-old looking at some lady’s nipples on the social networking site. And to a certain degree, Facebook is protecting its users from themselves: it’s really easy to steal pics online and do whatever you want with them. If people are allowed to post pics of breasts or other private parts and then those pics are grabbed and put on other web sites (porn sites, for instance), Facebook could spend all day long fielding frantic requests from users to help them. It seems reasonable for Facebook to avoid that can of worms entirely.
And to be honest, I’m also kind of annoyed that it seems like a lot of breast cancer awareness activism — like the “I love boobies” bracelets that cause a hullaballoo in schools — lately has to do with drawing salacious attention to oneself. I’m not a prude about risqué behavior in general, but that stuff strikes me as show-offy. I don’t think kids need to wear bracelets that say “boobies” in school to promote awareness of breast cancer, nor do women need to post pics of their naked breasts online. (But to be clear, it wouldn’t be right for me to speculate if showing off was Melissa Tullett’s intention, because she likely was proud and wanted to share.)
Do you think Melissa Tullett and other breast cancer survivors should be allowed to post pics of their breasts on Facebook? Or do you agree with Facebook’s decision?