After mom Maria Corry shared a breastfeeding photo on Facebook, she was surprised to learn that it was reported for containing nudity five times.
Though the photo did not violate Facebook’s nudity standards and remains on the social networking site, Corry was frustrated with Internet users’ apparent perception of breastfeeding.
The North Carolina mom struck back with a statement-making Facebook post.
Corry shared another breastfeeding photo, but this time covered her nursing baby with a picture of a lingerie-clad Victoria’s Secret model.
“I bet this won’t be reported, because you can see this picture in every mall you step into, huge and blown up outside the store,” the mom wrote in the caption, highlighting the problematic way society views women’s breasts. While sexualized images of cleavage and breasts are acceptable under the male gaze, women nursing their babies in public are often subject to criticism and shaming.
“This is not frowned upon, or ever reported, as it is seen everywhere,” Corry added in the caption. “But a women nurturing and feeding their baby is looked down on. That is completely absurd!”
Corry encouraged other moms to share their breastfeeding selfies in the comments and to freely nurse in public.
“Breastfeeding is natural, it’s what our breasts were meant for!” she continued. “In other countries, breastfeeding is praised, and welcomed everywhere! In America, people have so much negative things to say about it! I’m done with this stupid nonsense.”
The Facebook post with the Victoria’s Secret photo received over 31,000 likes, and the comments section is filled with “brelfies“ from fellow breastfeeding moms.
Corry’s husband Ben also expressed his support, sharing his wife’s post and some additional words of encouragement.
“There are so many women out there that are discouraged and end up giving up breastfeeding early on,” he wrote in his caption. “She is trying to stand up for all the breastfeeding moms out there and show support to those who need it most.”
Cheers to women supporting other women.