Censorship Solidarity - amend Tumblr's act to censor "female presenting nipples"
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The foundations of our society and of our culture are the governing factors in our own portrayal: how we see ourselves, how we want others to see us and the light in which we perceive others. Allowing institutional powers to bend society and police our perceptions not only of our environment but of ourselves should not be tolerated under any circumstances. These powers aren’t the government or some ambiguous form of bureaucracy either - they’re the bodies that make up our everyday lives, both in person and digitally, enforcing societal norms and silently guiding our beliefs and practices.
On December 17th, Tumblr.com plans to enforce new policies in an act intent on banning content containing “female-presenting nipples.” While this crack down may be rooted in good intentions, the sexualization of women it unwittingly enforces facilitates the perceptual separation of men and women. Male nipples, although inherently the same, are not recognized in most policies as sexually explicit. This is entirely due to societal perception and a distinctive association between breasts and sex. It’s a double standard in which women and their bodies are marginalized and it’s accepted not because it makes any sense but simply because it is how we’ve been conditioned to think.
Tumblr.com and it’s CEO Jeff D’Onofrio say that they’ve “realized that in order to continue to fulfill [their] promise and place in culture, especially as it evolves, [they] must change.” Let’s change the social standard for the better and lobby Tumblr to stand with women in solidarity. By changing the way we perceive women’s bodies and promoting equality even on just a single website we are paving the way to changing society for the better one step at a time.
All or none. It’s really that simple. In order to promote uniformity and TRULY engage in cultural progression (as Tumblr claims to want to do,) either “female-presenting nipples” need to be allowed or male-presenting nipples need to be banned as a gesture of equality. Although it may not be as prevalent, men’s bodies are sexualized just as women’s are and by allowing content portraying men in a similarly sexual light we engage in a contradiction that disenfranchises how society views women. No longer.
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