Instagram has come under fire for its conservative rules on nudity, including censoring photos of topless women, adding momentum to the #FreetheNipple campaign, for which celebrities like Scout Willis and Miley Cyrus have shown their support. But in spite of the backlash, it appears Instagram is doubling down on its strict rules regarding nudity. “We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks.” Instagram’s policies have upset breastfeeding mothers in the past, so the guidelines make an exception for photos of women feeding their children and pictures of post-mastectomy scarring.
It looks like it’s going to take a while for Instagram to give in and allow women to show their nipples on the social media site. To a degree, we understand why they would put these rules in place (hey, some people are a bit more prudish than others), but the fact that men with breasts — breasts sometimes as large or larger than some women’s – are free to post topless photos is a bit of a double standard.
So, Miley and company: soldier on. Your #FreetheNipple work is not yet done.