Banned from facebook… again!

Yep, it seems I have angered the gods of The FaceBook, once more (just watched ‘Social Network’, yesterday, can you tell?). Last time I did not blog it, it seemed so innocent more of a misunderstanding, really… but the instances are very similar. In neither case was I being deliberately defiant. In both cases, I simply pressed ‘share’ on what I thought was a beautiful, artistic, touching (nude) photo of a woman breastfeeding. In both cases somebody reported this image to facebook and got me banned. [Cheers for that, by the way.]

Okay, here is the photo that earned me the ban, this time:

[I’d love to credit the photographer but, well, I am banned from facebook and the photo was removed so can’t find it there and couldn’t get the google images widget to function. Sorry photographer, your art rocks and your skill impressed.]

Isn’t it gorgeous? I am so sad that somebody found this offensive enough to report… or pornographic?? This is life. This is art.
On the other hand, it does clearly violate facebook’s terms and conditions – it shows full on nudity, including the ‘dreaded’ nipple (that got me in trouble last time – with an incredible, moving photo of a tribal woman breastfeeding her child). So, ’tis a fair cop, really.

Still, I feel like somewhere between a rebel and a fraud. A rebel ‘cos I am out there pushing facebook’s boundaries (well the robot’s anyway)… and a fraud because, obviously, I did it by accident. After my first ban I actually did go through a little spate of posting on facebook a bunch of my own personal br*@stfeeding photos, some of which I thought might push some buttons and… nothing. Then months later, when I have completely forgotten about the whole thing, bam! – another ban. Ah, well. Funny thing is it is only a 24 hours freeze-out (even though the second one usually earns you 3 days – maybe there is a time limit on that?) and, this time round, I can still see my account and all the activity on it (my friends’ posts, etc) but I can’t post, like or comment… Facebook is right it is much more tormenting like this. I can see but I can’t touch.

Meanwhile, my friend Eileen at Live with Purpose also got banned after sharing the same image (I think after she got it from me… uh, sorry Eileen :p )

I do hope facebook expands its computer-mind and realise the beauty of the naturally breastfeeding woman.

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Have you ever got banned by facebook for posting an artistic nude pregnancy photo or a simple breastfeeding photo? Share your story here.

And what do you think of facebook’s standards – are they protecting the innocent? or are they going too far and contributing to people’s perception of nudity as shameful or breastfeeding as ‘disgusting’?

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1001 thank yous!

In case you are not on facebook or you are not following Loving Earth Mama there, here’s the news:

Yipppppeeeeee!!! The Loving Earth Mama community has over 1000 members. Isn’t that just incredible? I am so amazed! (and awed and grateful and appreciative and…) It seemed to happen so fast, too. So, again, thank you all. This has been a fun journey and it continues. I blog primarily for me, as therapy, for love… this beautiful sharing, the inspiration given and received, the exchanges – all this is so much cream on top! And I can’t believe how many wonderful, wise, compassionate, informed mothers (and yes they have mostly been mums) I have met through this work, this shared passion. I learn and grow and am pushed further in my own explorations of gentle, natural parenting every day through my contact with you all – bloggers and readers, mothers and friends. Thank you.

As I said on my facebook page, when I saw it had reached 1001 ‘likes’ (which happened over night, as we were sleeping) I did a little dance of joy and gratitude around the living room. Anya thought this looked fun so went to get her maracas and joined in and then Ninjadad couldn’t help but come and do the crazy-dance with us. It was so much fun. Celebrating our milestones is such a core thing – it feeds the soul, doesn’t it?

And, to top it off, look what my sweet, foolish hubby went out and did:

So, if I haven’t said it enough yet: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! And let’s keep the fun, inspiration and joy flowing! If there are any topics you would like to see covered here, do leave me a note. If you have any questions, beam them in (here or on facebook) and do share with your friends. Hugging e-love to you all,

Gauri
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