“One bad apple can spoil a bunch”
I logged into Facebook today, and shook my head so vigorously that I have been prompted to share my rage with you. Here is the post:
I thought I should let you know what’s happening behind the scenes at Beautiful Breastfeeding. A few days ago a nasty guy took a dislike to our photos and decided to band together with his friends on a reporting rampage. Consequently 4 of our photos were removed and a few of the admins here were banned for 30 days. We’ve emailed FB but haven’t received a reply. I’ll be putting together a letter to send to media sites, and anyone willing to repost the story. – Cherie
Have we really slipped so far into the past that something as natural as a mother feeding her child could be considered so offensive that Facebook needs to intervene?
Weak minded men who have bought into the corporate advertising model that breasts are for playing, not feeding, abhor the uses of boobies for anything other than their own needs. Boob envy in the worst Freudian way:
A few years ago, male college students at Princeton University participated in studies of how the male brain reacts to seeing people in different amounts of clothing. Brain scans revealed that when men are shown pictures of scantily-clad women, the region of the brain associated with tools, such as screwdrivers and hammers lit up.
Some men showed zero brain activity in the medial prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain that lights up when one ponders another person’s thoughts, feelings, and intentions. Researchers found that shocking, because they almost never see this part of the brain shutdown in this way.
And a Princeton professor said, “It is as if they’re reacting to these women as if they’re not fully human. It’s consistent with the idea that they are responding to these photographs, as if they were responding to objects, not people.
In a separate Princeton study, when men viewed images a women in bikinis, they often associated with first person action verbs such as: “I push”, “I grab”, “I handle”. But when they saw images of women dressed modestly, they associated them with third person action verbs, such as “she pushes”, “she grabs”.
Analyst at the National Geographic concluded the bikinis really do inspire man to see women as objects as something to be used rather than someone to connect with. So, it seems that wearing a bikini does give a women power, the power to shutdown a man’s ability to see her as a person, but rather as an object.
Source – The evolution of the swim suit – Jessica Rey
Are we to believe that angered viewers were so offended they spammed Facebook with so many complaints that they had to act? I don’t believe it, and trust me, I am not alone on this one:
If you post videos on YouTube, are an activist, or have posted online in the last ten years, you deal with trolls on a regular basis. These angry individuals devote their lives to destroying all that they either don’t understand, like, or are paid to hate. Who are these haters?
Now I want to introduce corporate trolls to this discussion:
Astroturfing is the practice of masking the sponsors of a message (e.g. political, advertising, or public relations) to give the appearance of it coming from a disinterested, grassroots participant. Astroturfing is intended to give the statements the credibility of an independent entity by withholding information about the source’s financial connection. The term astroturfing is a derivation of AstroTurf, a brand of synthetic carpeting designed to look like natural grass.
On the Internet, astroturfers use software to mask their identity. Sometimes one individual operates over many personas to give the impression of widespread support for their client’s agenda. Some studies suggest astroturfing can alter public viewpoints and create enough doubt to inhibit action. [Wikipedia]
Please watch this:
When it comes to complaining about sock-puppets, Facebook and YouTube have their heads in the sand. Law enforcement will only get involved when the cases are gross, have high publicity, or in the interest of “national security.” Where does that leave us, the little people?
The reason we go to social media websites is to share our views, our experiences, or simply, who we are. The vulture capitalists will use any perception management technique at their disposal to sway your opinion on anything from politics to how much you hate yourself.
- Don’t let an occasional crazy person derail your otherwise great post online, do not feed the trolls.
- The makers of baby formula stand to benefit significantly from public outrage over breastfeeding mothers.
- Government and social entities stand to gain heavily from the separation of family bonds (think Nazi Germany when children turned in their parents)
- It is imperative that each and every individual who reads this, at all times, protects the most natural remaining parts of our lives from the corporate and governmental influences that seek to separate and control us.
Breast-feeding is natural, recommended, preferred, and should never be shunned, hidden, or made a shameful experience due to your sexual perversions, fears, or scars.
Call Facebook today and tell them that “Breast-Feeding is natural and should not be censored!”
Their customer support phone number is:
Then show your support on Beautiful Breastfeeding’s Facebook page.
(Be sure to tell them I sent you, after you call, that is)