Make social media more inclusive
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We are Slick Chicks
We are a female run, small business on a mission to make the undergarment industry more inclusive for individuals with disabilities. Slick Chicks underwear offer independence for over 1 billion disabled people globally, who find the everyday task of changing a challenge. Our patented underwear are designed with side fasteners, providing flexibility and convenience for someone with a disability or limited mobility to change on their own, regaining their and independence and dignity. We have taken the most intimate piece of dressing and made it accessible for all people, while bridging the gap between fashion and function.
Our mission is to empower people and give them the confidence they need to tackle any of life's daily challenges. Because we ALL deserve clothes that offer a sense of self, dignity, and for many, independence. Our undies are designed with side fasteners that make it easy for someone to put on or take off whether they are sitting, standing, or laying down.
Slick Chicks has always been a company that aspires to empower people and over the years we’ve been serving as a platform for people with disabilities to have a voice.
The social media issue
Being a small business, we survive and thrive off of our community and reaching people who need this product via social media. We use these platforms to advertise, but most importantly to advocate for people with disabilities and for social media inclusiveness.
On December 3rd, we noticed that our website url on Facebook and Instagram wasn’t directing people to our website and instead linked to an error page. After several attempts to get the link back on our profile, we kept getting the same message, “The link you tried to visit goes against the Facebook community standards.”
It appears that Facebook judges any content that shows women with disabilities, women in wheelchairs, and women with chronic pain posing in their underwear, as against community standards. We sell adaptive underwear for diverse bodies, all kind of bodies. We feature our customers and brand ambassadors on our website and social media because we believe in showing people in real life situations, embracing their individuality, and being truthful to who we are and what we do.
That being said, we are so confused, shocked, and disappointed with Facebook and Instagram. We feel this is a complete form of able-ism, discrimination, and censoring us is a massive injustice.
One of the first sentences that you read on Facebook’s community standards introduction is the following: “We recognize how important it is for Facebook to be a place where people feel empowered to communicate.” We believe they have failed in their mission.
We have asked Facebook and Instagram for support several times without any success.
This censorship is now impacting our business and our community feels directly touched by Facebook’s decision to flag our content as going against community standards.
We need you!
We know that we are not the only ones to be censored from social media companies.
Today we ask for your help to raise awareness on these injustices. We want and we need social media to be more inclusive. It’s time to break the society aesthetics on social media and shake it with diversity.
Thank you for your support in signing and sharing our petition.
The Slick Chicks Team.
Photo : @meesa_claire
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