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.

10 Comments

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Anthony Nealreply
April 5, 2018 at 12:47 pm

Is this art?

Ben Hopperreply
April 5, 2018 at 4:12 pm
– In reply to: Anthony Neal

ahead of its time!

Danreply
April 5, 2018 at 4:58 pm

I wholeheartedly agree. And your work is wonderful!

Ben Hopperreply
April 5, 2018 at 11:38 pm
– In reply to: Dan

ty!!!

mishkareply
April 5, 2018 at 8:15 pm

they have to have a blanket ban on nudity because they have no way to separate ‘classy, artistic, humanistic nudity- with pornography’. its easier to pay someone to spot a nipple and censor it, than have people sitting around trying to figure out where on the line an image is between human body portrayal and erotica/ pornography. If they allow the former they have to allow the latter, so it turns into a porn site for 18 plus that people are no longer comfortable using for their business/ at work etc.

Ben Hopperreply
April 5, 2018 at 11:38 pm
– In reply to: mishka

i agree but also, its so easy to solve. nudity wd b ok but u must flag it as nudity and u can choose between SFW and NSFW mode…

CLIVE DOC DEE DUDLEYreply
April 6, 2018 at 3:02 am

I HAVE SUFFERED REMOVALS AND POSTING BANS ON FACEBOOK OF BLACK AND WHITE ARTISTIC FIGURE STUDIES, BECAUSE THEY WENT AGAINST STANDARDS, WHEN ON THE SAME DAY FAR MORE REVEALING AND SOMETIMES OPENLY SEXUAL SUGGESTIVE IMAGES WENT UNTOUCHED ! EVEN WHEN BROUGHT TO ” THEIR ” ATTENTION, THESE IMAGES WERE DEEMED TO MEET STANDARDS AND REMAINED. MY OPINION WAS REQUESTED BUT NO RESPONSE RECEIVED. WHO OR WHAT REVIEWS IMAGES I WONDER ? INCIDENTALLY EVERY IMAGE REMOVED WAS IN A CLOSED GROUP ~ SO WOULD NOT BE SEEN BY ” THE COMMUNITY ” ~ GO FIGURE !
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND KEEP ON CLICKIN’
PEACE AND INFINITE LIGHT.

Ben Hopperreply
April 8, 2018 at 2:36 pm
– In reply to: CLIVE DOC DEE DUDLEY

there’s no sense in these things. we keep going. <3

Kim Edwin Jektvikreply
December 2, 2018 at 4:15 am

I so totally agree with you.
As an artist myself, and a human being, I see these bans as a insult and a attack on humanity itself.

Ben Hopperreply
December 3, 2018 at 10:29 pm
– In reply to: Kim Edwin Jektvik

<3

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