Monday, February 25, 2013

Facebook Declares Mastectomy Tattoo Offensive


In the spirit of SNL's Coffee Talk with Linda Richman I'll give you a topic:  

The above picture of a tattooed bilateral mastectomy cancer survivor is neither offensive nor sexual.  


That's right, Facebook has deemed the above image totally inappropriate and has repeatedly banned and removed it from its site. 

Anyone with eyes can tell you there are far more sexualized images zipping around FB masquerading as art or worse, "fashion", than this image of Inga Duncan Thornell which is actually from a book called Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tatoo.

I don't love tattoos for myself but I think this is quite beautiful, triumphant, and artistically sophisticated.

FB's nudity policy states:
Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved. We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo's David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.
Any PR damage control specialist should be advising FB that the best way to overcome a "snafu" is to get out in front of the controversy and act contrite. So far they have not.

I'd write more but well....I'm having my 4th surgery on Tuesday and typing right now is hard.  What's that you say?  Another surgery?  That's right.  But this one is on my thumb.  I tore the ligament and chipped the bone in a very unmemorable way.  I'll be in some huge contrapula for the next 5 weeks.  Work should be fun.  Not sure how I'll be be able to wash my hair or hold a fork much less draw.  Naturally I'm a righty and its my right hand that is injured.

I told my doctors not to think of me as a malingerer.

Sometimes you just have to laugh.


1 comment:

  1. I too am not a tatoo person but I have to agree that this tatoo is pretty cool. I think it is both clever and creative, and is anything but offensive. Good for Inga!