Friday, May 3, 2013

Pinterest Problems

More and more I am seeing double standards in social media. I've come to expect this everywhere, but for some reason it can still surprise me.

I got an email from Pinterest this week. It was something along the lines of "we've removed one of your pins because of nudity". I'm always surprises by these emails (though they are few and far between) because while I'm not censoring or photoshopping little black bars over images on pins, I also don't pin anything that could be labelled as pornography.

The irony of the whopping two pins that I've had removed is that they link to and are captioned with information about the sexualization of female bodies by the media and how female nudity or "immodesty" is only seen as appropriate if it is sexualized for the heterosexual male gaze. The most recent image removed is the picture below. Ironically, the caption on the pin was this fantastic quote from Erykah Badu:

“Society has a problem with female nudity when it is not … ”—Badu pauses to get her words together; she wants this point to be very clear—“… when it is not packaged for the consumption of male entertainment. Then it becomes confusing.”

The result of this societal perspective is that women are taught to be ashamed of their bodies. We're taught to hate them, to hide them and we're taught that if we do otherwise we'll be labelled as immoral. There are so many boards on Pinterest (not to mention the scads of Facebook groups!) with pictures of scantily clad or naked women "curated" by men (why else would they be on Pinterest?) and yet we don't see those boards being targeted or taken down. Methinks we need to gain some clarity on this issue and give women back the power to glory in and love their bodies without having to feed it through societal filters that reduce us to nothing but boobs, hips, thighs and pussy --nothing more than a sex toy or "visual aid" for male consumption.

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