In June, Chrissy Teigen (and her left nipple) took on Instagram’s stringent nudity policy and for that, we salute her (and her left nipple).
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. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too.
They removed it, but Teigen wasn’t done:
She posted the photo again, and then several more versions with various filters applied (the black-and-white pencil rendering was a personal favorite). Alas, they were no match for Instagram. As of this morning, they are all gone. .
In trying times like these, we firmly stand with Chrissy Teigen, and her nipple. In fact, we stand with nipples everywhere. Instagram’s nudity policy itself doesn’t quite make sense (remember when they censored artist Petra Collins for showing a bit of pubic hair?). It's downright archaic to censor female nipples—over half the population has them, and why don’t we censor male nipples? Why does the rest of the breast pass the decency test, but the small dot of nipple render a breast unpostable?
Today, and every other day, we say: Free the nipple.