[Female Objectification] Social Media Double Standards

My first piece of work influenced by Esmay Wagemans. I wanted to experiment with Instagram’s censorship policy and explore the current double standard that females face online in modern society. I edited two pictures of myself with a male’s chest and uploaded them onto the Maisie May Fletcher account, I then uploaded another edited picture of myself with a female’s chest 3 weeks later which the site removed overnight. I uploaded the same picture again as I had not taken a screenshot to show evidence, my account was deleted 2 hours after. 2Untitled

Instagram’s policy states:

“We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too.”

But that emphasises the double standard that males are allowed to show their nipples but females aren’t. Many people will argue that female nipples are censored because they’re sexual, but both gender’s nipples and chests are sexualised, both can be used in a sexual manner and both are private. Furthermore, female nipples serve more purpose as we use them to feed babies, but even in those circumstances our nipples and breasts are censored and women are shamed for showing them.

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