UPDATE: 24hrs after having my account disabled after posting this photo on my facebook profile, facebook has restored my account with an apology. Much thanks to all who read this, and shared it, here and on facebook and twitter.
I am stunned today. And appalled. And extremely disappointed in Facebook. My personal account was disabled this morning, within one hour of posting a picture with a caption. No warnings, no messages, no takedown of the picture…they just ‘disabled’ me for posting a picture they deem violates their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Really??? This is the posting…..
Because sometimes we need a little reminder:
A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”
The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:
“Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.
Mermaids do not exist.
But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?
Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.
At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.
We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: “How amazing am I ?! ”
(The girl on the picture is French model Tara Lynn)
My account was disabled for this?? Are you kidding me? No pornography here, no breasts showing, no private parts showing. No harm to anyone, no hateful speech…nothing. It brings to mind all the recent take downs and account disabling over mothers having pictures of herself breastfeeding her baby. No nipples showing, just the roundness of the breast with a baby. Maybe I’m wrong, but I fail to see what is offensive about my posting, or about a mother breast feeding her child. Facebook is out of control.
Getting my personal account reinstated likely won’t happen, or if it does, it will take months. Thankfully, I have my husband as an admin on my business page so he can do the updates for that one.
I am asking for your help. If you feel there is nothing wrong with the post I made, please share this blog. And if you can, visit our business page at facebook and post on the wall that the owners page should be reactivated. Post it on your own walls. Post it on twitter. The posting I made is in support of women, all women, in a time when magazines, movies, and any form of media play on our subconscious minds with visions of what a ‘perfect body’ should be and how anyone less than perfect needs to strive to be perfect.
All women are beautiful, regardless of size, shape, color…breast feeding or not.