Fuck Social Media Nudity Censorship

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Yesterday evening, a photograph I posted on Instagram from the shoot with Eline was removed 5mins after. I received a notification from Instagram telling me it was removed because it “doesn’t follow their Community Guidelines”.
It was a fine art nude photograph of Eline, a female circus artist, improvising a movement on ropes.
I shared the photograph with both her nipples covered using Instagram’s logo, as I always do.
I can’t see how it contradicts any of IG’s Community Guidelines…but I’m worried and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.

I’ve been photographing nudity since the start in 2007.
When I joined IG in Nov 2011, my 1st account was removed the following year because of the nudity I shared from my project ‘Naked with Masks’.
IG was a year old and the whole issue was a quite blurred still. When I tried to get in touch with them to get my account ‘resurrected’, there was radio silence. I had to start a new account and since then I’ve been censoring my own photos prior to sharing them.
I’ve been doing the same on Facebook for years.

I felt it was so dumb to cover the human body. To me, our bodies were such a magnificent beautiful thing. Why do they force us to cover it? Because some people might find it offensive? What’s offensive about a body? When you legitimize the phenomena of people being offended by the human body, it really develops a self-loathing persona. We learn to hate our bodies. We learn to be insecure with our bodies from the earliest age.

Can you imagine what it does to the psyche of people if a photograph of a body part offences them? That’s where perversions and fetishes are born. That’s where rape is born.
They might tell you children may see it. Are we trying to lie to our children about the reality? About what and who we are? We were all children; do you remember us giving the slightest fuck about nudity? We knew 3 times more than our parents did about this crap at the age of 10.
Nudity censorship, in my opinion is one of the Internet’s biggest problems. We wave it off, adding some self-made censors when posting our photos, but the problems goes deep.

I will not have my artistic integrity shut down. I will not cave to this BS.
These things only encourage me to keep fighting, and fighting harder.
We can change it all. I urge all of you creatives out there that work with nudity, do not give up.

We are making a difference. From mensuration blood to breastfeeding, one element at a time.
It’s time to step out of these dark times. It’s time to embrace who we are; Human Fucking Beings <3.