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#DoIHaveBoobsNow: Trans woman tests social media censorship rules

"So at what point in my breast development do I need to start covering my nipples? I already feel shameful about them being visible, but at what point does society say it’s unacceptable for them to be out?"

In the last year or so Instagram and Facebook have garnered a decent amount of negative press for their enforcement of tough censorship rules regarding women baring their breasts on their social media accounts.


A photo posted by Courtney Demone (@courtdemone) on

The censorship has summoned pushback from activists and celebrities who have posted topless pictures of themselves, photoshopped men’s nipples over their own, and worn shirts with breasts on them in defiance.
Now Courtney Demone, a Canadian trans woman in the midst of her transition with hormone replacement therapy that includes the growth of boobs, is testing the limits of Instagram's and Facebook’s censorship policies by posting a topless picture of herself everyday until the social networks take down the picture of her breasts.


Demone is calling the campaign #DoIHaveBoobsNow.
"I haven’t changed much, but society’s perception of me has changed immensely,” Demone wrote in an essay published on Mashable. “So at what point in my breast development do I need to start covering my nipples? I already feel shameful about them being visible, but at what point does society say it’s unacceptable for them to be out? To give me some idea, I have my good friends Facebook and Instagram to help answer that question.”

We'll be watching along with the rest of the world to see when Facebook and Instagram decide to say that Demone's breasts are explicit.

As Demone wrote though: "If they change their policies in the meantime, even better!"

Matt Lee is a Web producer for Metro New York. He writes about almost everything and anything. Talk to him (or yell at him) on Twitter so he doesn’t feel lonely@mattlee2669.

 

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