Nipple Thoughts

Up late know, just thinkin' about nipples. Tonight I was editing a self portrait project I shot for reference photos. They turned out better than expected and part of the main focus of my concept is showing my nipples. I want to show my process on how I start a painting beginning to end, it is an extension of my art. As I was editing, I thought, "should I be censoring myself?" ... Then began my research on which social media outlets ban nipples. The more I read, the more frustrated I became that I should have to cover up a part of my body that represent my femininity and sexuality. I choose to be a sexual being. This is for me. This is for my art and I enjoy making it, whether it be a photo or a painting.

I remember when I painted a piece with a woman's ass as my subject. I posted it to Instagram and Boom. Account deleted. FOR A PAINTING OF AN ASS. What if it was an abstract peach?! If that were to happen now, I would have fought for it. But the work wasn't my best and I started fresh. So, incase you're wondering which apps consider nips taboo and which ones #freethenipple, I've made a list:

In its terms of use, Instagram states that users "may not post violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos or other content".  (Despite the feeling of intimacy the network creates, Instagram has an economic imperative to maintain its image. "It's about to start making massive amounts of money, and there's no way the company would ever #freethenipple if it meant jeopardising that," Enright concludes.)

Facebook's terms state that "Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved. We also impose limitations on the display of nudity". But it goes on to say, "we aspire to respect people's right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo's David or family photos of a child breastfeeding". Basically, it depends on who comes across your photo. Good luck.

The short version: Some nudity is okay for Pinterest, some isn’t.
The longer version: Artistic, scientific or educational nude photographs are okay here, but we don’t allow those (like photographs of sexual activity) that could be a bad experience for people who accidentally find them. We also allow images of paintings or statues featuring nude subjects, but may remove things like pornographic cartoons.

We don’t try to define art or judge the artistic merit of a particular photograph. Instead, we focus on what might make images too explicit for our community. For example, we don’t allow pornography, and you can’t promote escort, prostitution or other adult sexual services.

Twitter is the most accepting of the large social networking sites. It instructs users: "You may not use obscene or pornographic images in either your profile photo, header photo, or user background", but allows users to post pornography in their feed.

And I quote: "Sure. We have no problem with that kind of stuff. Go nuts. Show nuts. Whatever." 

Tumblr and Twitter #freethenipple and they are HUGE social media outlets the whole world can see. Sexualizing women for advertisement and business growth but banning an area of a woman's body that a men ALSO has is just bananas to me. Which is why I will just leave some of my current favorite nudes with beautiful nipples with you tonight. #nipspiration! 

November 2015 issue of GQ Portugal, where model  Daniela Hanganu poses in throwback style with a sexy twist. Photographer Branislav Simoncik captures the sultry (and totally not safe for work) shoot against a light brown backdrop.

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João Oliveira
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