At last women can bare their nipples on social media—so long as they’re anatomically male. In protest to social media outlets’ double standards regarding images of men and women’s waist-up nudity, some Instagrammers have posted photos of their bare chests with male nipples photoshopped over their own.
It started with a “digital pasty.” On June 2, indie rock band La Sera re-posted a graphic on Facebook made by artist Micol Hebron in June 2014, an “internet appropriate male nipple template” that people could use to photoshop onto “offending female nipples,” as Hebron writes on her personal site.
The post quickly gained traction on Facebook, and in response women posted photos on Instagram of themselves with the male pasties using the hashtag #malenipples.
I posted this one before, but the first time instagram took it down bc it was “uncensored”, then I posted it with something over miley’s nipples. Now I’m posting it with MALE NIPPLES over Miley’s FEMALE NIPPLES, and @instagram isn’t supposed to take it down since there’s absolutely nothing wrong with male nipples, as opposite to female nipples, right @instagram? #instasize #freethenipple #freethenipplecampaign #malenipples #nipples #tits #feminism #feminist #equality #miley #mileycyrus #smilers #bangerz #bangerztour #bt
This one was reported again. So here it is with two MALE NIPPLES stickers that I put on to cover my illegal FEMALE NIPPLES! So now you can’t say shit, this is so fucking wrong and this is not equality. #malenipples #freethenipple #freethenipplecampaign #freethenipple2015 #female #femalenipples #my #body #natural #fucksexism #sexism #feminist #feminism #bw #covered #with #nipplestickers #tydligen #buzzfeed ! @freethenipple
Writes one Instagrammer in her caption (translated from Norwegian): “Today we bought a new swimming pool, a so called Fill ‘n fun pool. My sister refused to move when I said I wanted to take a picture of it to post to social media. Fortunately, I found a #malenippletemplate so I could still post it.”
I dag har vi kjøpt oss nytt basseng, et såkalt Fill ‘n fun pool. Min søster nekta å flytte seg da jeg ville ta bilde av det for å legge ut på sosiale medier. Heldigvis fant jeg en #malenippletemplate så jeg fortsatt kunne legge ut bildet. #basseng #dagensinnkjøp #funinpool #splashandplay #malenipples #freethenipple #notfemalenipples
Currently, Instagram’s ban on female nipples includes everything but “photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding,” and photos of nudity in paintings and sculptures. Facebook has a nearly identical policy.
Twitter’s guidelines don’t delve specifically into the issue of nipples, offering instead the suggestion to users to consider marking nude content as “sensitive.” Its video-sharing site, Vine, defines acceptable nudity as “primarily documentary, educational or artistic in nature” and not sexually provocative (i.e. breastfeeding).