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Unbanning Breast Photos

Cancer Victim Wins Right to Bare Mastectomy Scar on Facebook

— June 2, 2009 — Naughty
Facebook lifted its breast photo ban on Sharon Adams, a breast cancer victim who posted pictures of her mastectomy for her friends and family only to have the pictures removed, losing the right to display them. The Daily Mail does not go into further detail as to whether other breast cancer victims and even nursing women can now post pictures revealing their breasts.

Aiding Adams in her plight and subsequent victory was an online protest which resulted in nearly 900 signatures. But should it have even to come to that? And, should they have been banned even if they were for the general public? In my opinion, no.

Breast cancer is a debilitating disease both physically and mentally. Social networking sites like Facebook keep us in touch with friends and family and with people who share various commonalities.

No breast cancer victim should be concerned with having their photos removed—let alone having the reason be because they are “sexual and abusive” as Facebook deemed. They use them as a way to reach out and connect to other women and families in the same situation.

Hopefully Facebook will change its tune when it comes to the issue of nursing mothers posting their breastfeeding photos too. After all, there is nothing “sexual or abusive” about that either.