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This Woman Got Banned From Facebook For Sharing An Article About Breasts

"People need to stop sexualising women's bodies. Facebook has never had a problem with men's nipples or banned people for it."

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This is New Delhi-based writer Japleen Pasricha. She's the founder of the website, Feminism In India.

Last week, she posted an article on women's breasts on Facebook.

The thumbnail, featuring a painting of female breasts, got her suspended from the website.

Pasricha then tweeted how it's not the first time that she's been suspended from the website.

She had previously been banned from Facebook for 24 hours, after sharing a post about a protest against the rape and murder of Thangjam Manorama by the Indian army.

Though Facebook has refused to comment on the story, their community standards clearly state that female breasts, if they include nipples, will be restricted.

Facebook has earlier come under fire for blocking out images of breastfeeding and a video about breast cancer, and has tweaked its policy since.

They now allow images of women who have undergone mastectomy and of breastfeeding.
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They now allow images of women who have undergone mastectomy and of breastfeeding.

"I have spoken to them about it before but it hasn't helped much, which is why I haven't got in touch with them this time," Pasricha told BuzzFeed when asked if she approached Facebook about the issue.

Japleen Pasricha

She added, "People need to stop sexualising women's bodies. Facebook has never had a problem with men's nipples or banned people for it".

Japleen Pasricha

UPDATE: “It is not always easy to find the right balance between enabling people to express themselves while maintaining a comfortable experience for our global and culturally diverse community of many different ages, but we try our best," a Facebook spokesperson told BuzzFeed after this post was published.

Contact Sonia Mariam Thomas at Sonia.thomas@buzzfeed.com.

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