Facebook Fine With Beheading, Not Topless Women

Here is more evidence of our culture that continues to cling to the glorification of gore and violence, while simultaneously shaming women. One example of this culture is Facebook’s approach to both. When asked about their polices regarding the removal of videos that contained beheadings, Facebook said in a statement:
Facebook has long been a place where people turn to share their experiences, particularly when they’re connected to controversial events on the ground, such as human rights abuses, acts of terrorism and other violent events. People are sharing this video on Facebook to condemn it. If the video were being celebrated, or the actions in it encouraged, our approach would be different,” Facebook said in a statement. However, since some people object to graphic video of this nature, we are working to give people additional control over the content they see. This may include warning them in advance that the image they are about to see contains graphic content.
The company went on to say that it is all in the intent. That people share these things to condemn them, and that if they were being celebrated, then their response would be much different. However, intent doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to women’s bodies. While images of breastfeeding are okay, breasts not actively feeding an infant are still not allowed. If brought to Facebook’s attention, such images face removal. Facebook would not say why. David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, had this to say about it all:
It’s irresponsible of Facebook to post beheading videos, especially without a warning. They must explain their actions to worried parents.
Well, it isn’t Facebook posting the violence, it is its users, but it sure as hell is Facebook leaving it up, while simultaneously combing posts for stray nipples and removing those. So, Facebook, a breast is offensive, but a beheading isn’t? That’s news to me. Get with the program, guys, and stop being violence hungry misogynist pigs.
Author / Shannon Barber Shannon Barber is a self- described queer feminist and activist for LGBT rights, women’s rights, and secular rights in America. She is a lifelong lover of words, though her educational background is in computer science. She currently writes for 3 liberal websites, and keeps her own humor blog for lesbians. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.

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