Definining Obscenity

Just like most other people, I don’t appreciate inadvertently being exposed to obscene material. I have seen some photos, some video clips, and heard some language that I certainly could have done without. But at the same time, I don’t believe in targeting people or discriminating against people due to perceived obscenity, rather than actual obscenity.

The word “obscene” is defined as…

–adjective  

1.  

offensive to morality or decency; indecent; depraved: obscene language.
2.  

causing uncontrolled sexual desire.
3.  

abominable; disgusting; repulsive.
So, let me ask you. Does this picture fit any of those qualities?


Averly JoAnne Van Vleet

Is it immoral to breastfeed a baby? Is it depraved? Does it onvolve obscene language? Is it inappropriate to breastfeed, even though babies are meant to be breastfed? Do I look like I’m try to seduce someone or cause them to lust after me? Is it abominable, disgusting or repulsive?

I don’t think this picture meets any of that criteria, and you think it does, you need your head checked and your morals and ethics reevaluated.

Facebook deleted this picture for being “obscene,” but really, I’m just not seeing it.

This picture is representative of so much more than just nursing. Yes, I’m feeding my baby, but you can see more if you look deeper. You can see how exhausted I was after my VBA2C. You can see how much I love her and how content the two of us are to have each other. This picture is more than just a breast. But because my child is being fed in this beautiful and heart-touching photo, it’s “obscene.”

I don’t see the pictures of babies being fed a bottle being deleted. And I don’t see picutres of scantily clad women and drug use being deleted. Why aren’t these ones being sought after? Is it really necessary to pick on breastfeeding women, facebook? Women are already discriminated against and made to feel badly about their choice to do what’s best for their child. I can’t even count how many women I know who didn’t or don’t breastfeed simply because of the judgment they would or did receive because of it.

Do you really have to join in on the witch hunt and persecute the ones who aren’t ashamed, and don’t mind letting their friends see that amazing bond with their child?

Thanks you, facebook. For being part of the problem.

Comments
8 Responses to “Definining Obscenity”
  1. skyla says:

    Those “anime” cartoons and pics of people dressed scantily are what should be labeled obscene. not a breastfeeding baby.

  2. Katie says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with this picture at all. It is a beautiful picture of the bond between Mother and baby. Also, I’ve had cleavage pix on fb that show more breast than that lol. it just goes to show how antibreastfeeding this country is compared to others.

  3. Deanna Hamid says:

    I think they are SOOOO out of place for doing that! I would contact a breastfeeding pro activism group and tell them – then go to the media about this…. shit would hit the fan I’m sure! It’s ridiculous that something as natural and normal as this, which is sooooo far from obscene should be removed bythem. Keep faith that you are doing what is right for your daughter, yourself and your family! Know that YOU are right, and they are sooooo soooooooooooooooooooooooo wrong!

  4. Sarah Branson says:

    Just wait. When Mark Z. finally becomes a dad, he’ll realize that these pictures aren’t about obscenity but about love at its most basic. And then won’t he be embarrassed that his business deleted these beautiful pictures.

  5. Sarah says:

    Good for you. I’m a breastfeeding mom too, and have been really frustrated with the concept of breastfeeding in public being inappropriate. I’m certainly not trying to seduce anyone, I’m not inappropriately dressed, and have often used a cover (or dressed in several layers to cover most of my chest while my baby eats) but have gotten some dirty looks. And yet women who are very much trying to seduce others by wearing much less than I and showing much more and celebrated. True beauty is the celebration of our bodies doing what they were designed to do, and providing for and loving our beautiful children! I’m standing with you! We need to shift this paradigm in our culture!

    • Samanthavv says:

      I’ve gotten to the point I just don’t care about any snide looks or remarks. They can hate on me all they want. Try to bully me and they’ll get the short end of the stick. I have another baby now, and I was nursing her in the moby while browsing the produce section, you could see a little cleavage but that’s about it. A man with an 8-10 year old girl (maybe his daughter?) walked by. The man took his sale ad and SLAPPED the damn thing across her eyes while glaring at me. That guy has something coming if he thinks his daughter is never going to see a breast in her life…

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