Facebook Classifies Photo Of Woman Birthing Her Baby As ‘Porn’

Facebook Classifies Photo Of Woman Birthing Her Baby As ‘Porn'

A proud obstetrician who shared a photograph of a woman giving birth to her baby was left stunned when Facebook banned the photograph for being ‘pornography’.

Dr Jason Lin, who works at the Dianthus MFM Centre in Taiwan, assisted with the inspiring birth and wanted to share the good news with the world.

The attention-grabbing image shows a mother leaning forwards and holding her baby as he (or she – that part isn’t out yet) enters the world.

The woman looks proud and happy, as she is hit with all the wonderful emotions you experience when you meet your baby for the first time.

Facebook Classifies Photo Of Woman Birthing Her Baby As ‘Porn’

With the mother’s permission, Lin shared the photograph to his Facebook page, along with the caption: “This super brave mum just delivered her own baby. Beautiful”.

The photograph quickly went viral, garnering 10,000 likes before it was deleted by Facebook for breaking community guidelines. Apparently, childbirth is pornographic. Who knew?

Lin has since shared the image via his Instagram account, where it has stayed. Perhaps Instagram is a little more comfortable with the idea of women as birth warriors. The image has racked up over 2,800 likes. He captioned the image with the following text:

“Giving birth has always been considered as a painful, bloody, and unpleasant process. But all I want to show to my audience and the world is that giving birth is one of the most beautiful and nature thing [sic]”.

He went on to say, “YES, this is a ‘shocking’ picture, but that this is how we come from. We should always be thankful how brave of our moms and wives have been through [sic].”

In many ways, this story comes as no surprise.

The media constantly exploits women’s bodies as sexual objects.

Breasts are fine but breastfeeding is not. Nudity is fine but childbirth is not. We know all this, right?

Facebook classified the image as porn because it contained female nudity. It didn’t matter that there was nothing pornographic about the image.

Breastfeeding images are banned from social media accounts all the time, yet billboards displaying giant breasts – advertising bras, fake tan or cars – are everywhere.

Periods are something to be endured but never shown. Until a couple of months ago, most men in the UK probably thought menstrual blood was blue because all sanitary towel adverts showed blue liquid being poured onto the pads.

It wasn’t until 2017 that the advertising world decided that periods were actually about, umm, blood – so they should be red, not blue.

When are we going to be able to show the world openly how babies are born?

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Fiona Peacock CONTRIBUTOR

Fiona Peacock is a writer, researcher and lover of all things to do with pregnancy, birth and motherhood (apart from the lack of sleep). She is a home birth advocate, passionate about gentle parenting and is also really tired.


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