Instagram has certain policies as to what someone can and cannot post, and according to photographer Samantha Casolari, pubic hair is one of them.
The New York-based photographer claims that her account was suspended after she shared a photo of a woman with pubic hair from a shoot. Allure, a popular beauty magazine, hired her to shoot a series of photos that depict the complex and differing relationships that women have with their public hair.
Of course, to be published in a magazine these were done in a tasteful and respectable light, and the issue was published in May 2017.
Casolari shared a few of the photos on her personal Instagram page, and she found that the photos were removed.
She shared them again, and her account was suspended, and she received a notice of violating the social platform's terms and policies. Despite that, the same photos remained untouched on Allure's Instagram.
"I understand their need to censor and monitor content but I find this both bigot and hypocritical considering that Instagram is full of real pornographic images, violence inciting images, fake bodies and vulgar depiction of bodies, yet something as natural as body hair gets banned like an incriminating act,” she explained, "It seems appalling and denigrating that a woman cannot show even a little bit of body hair."
Most people don't see anything wrong with pubic hair...
After all, at the end of the day, everyone has it.
“It was a story on women’s bodies shot with women by women in a extremely respectful and discreet way. We were all really happy about it and it got amazing responses. No one complained of it being vulgar not pornographic in nature and everyone who knows me knows I would never shoot anything of that sort.” Casolari said.
Can’t understand the problem, we all have pubic hair— Peter J Carter (@PeterJCarter1) April 28, 2018
Others blame social media platforms themselves for promoting specific, narrow standards:
This more than 150 year old painting - l'Origine du Monde - is art.— Stein Bagger (@stein_bagger) April 28, 2018
Feature that painting close up, on Facebook or other social media - and you get blocked, banned or suspended.
This is what social media does. Imposes new values and new standards.
By lowering them. pic.twitter.com/Jlse8naAbk
But, some people are standing with Instagram:
This user believes that, while body hair isn't inherently wrong, posting photos of it might be –even if done from an artistic, tasteful standpoint.
I love a bit of ou-natural but if you allow it it opens it up for all sorts of weirdos posting and showing hair in all the wrong places it’s not about woman and what they can or can’t do kids follow— ďå๓!åñ (@akalostboii) April 28, 2018
Casolari contacted the social platform but hasn't received a response. Now, she is still suspended and cannot make a new account.
“It is objectifying and belittling because it strengthens bigot's ideas of how our bodies should look like - which was the point of our story.” she said.
H / T - The Independent