Breasts. We’re all born with at least two of them (usually). Consequently, they’re as normal as eyes, ears, and nostrils.
But unlike our faceholes, breasts are dangerous.
I could spew a bunch of sarcastic bullet points about how female breasts, unless carefully hidden away, have the power to turn good church-going men into Reavers, children into sex-crazed fiends, and small animals into rabid goblins, but I don’t have to. The fact that Facebook has banned images of bare female breasts (or clothed breasts that are just too damn sexy, or pictures of breasts serving one of their primary purposes) should be enough to convince you of the inherent evil of the female breast [sarcasm].
Along those lines, I guess: On Monday Facebook announced that it would reverse a policy enacted last May that prohibited the posting of videos or images depicting graphic violence. This announcement was a defiant response to anger over Facebook’s recent refusal to remove a video depicting the decapitation of a woman in Mexico. Despite the company’s clumsy appeal to some of the stickier aspects of journalistic ethics, many users expressed outrage over the policy change. This outcry was effective in convincing Facebook to remove the video and flop back to a renewed anti-graphic violence policy.
So what? What difference does it make if, even momentarily, Facebook decided that gruesome atrocities were preferable over bare female breasts? Facebook is a private-sector enterprise, a for-profit company beholden only to its shareholders, free to disregard higher ideals of gender equality, basic facts of biology, or journalistic standards, at will.
It makes a difference. Facebook is not just a social network, it is a de facto public service; its policies matter because they affect the daily experiences of the more than one billion people worldwide who use Facebook. That’s about 1/7th of the entire human population. And despite news of its demise, Facebook is still the social media cultural touchstone, so its policies will influence its competitors.
As of this hour, Facebook’s policy page describes its dedication to developing a more nuanced nudity policy:
…We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo’s David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.
We will see. Anyway, there is no list. Breasts are at least as good as your leg or spleen, and atrocities are always the worst. It’s a relationship so straightforward as to not require explanation, unless you’ve got a $126,000,000,000 market cap.
Note: The bras in the lede photo are awesome and are sold by Homme Mystere. They produce functional and decorative brassieres designed for masculine proportions. These bras look great on anyone, including men, ciswomen who need a 42A, transfolk, and humanoids of any type.