"EVERYTHING BUT THE NIPPLE"
My contribution for the @notforprint project by Ello.co.
What's behind "Everything but the Nipple"?
This graphic series addresses to the topic of the controversial phenomenon that has been around the #censorship of the female body and curiously, on that specific part of it: The Nipple.
It has been a remarkable fact that in different areas of our contemporary society in the western world, there as been a kind of obsession with censoring the nipples out of female breasts, either it's on social networks, newspapers, TV and most of kinds of media.
Social networks, specially, have some very specific points in their terms and conditions regarding the censorship of the female nipple, so in fact, we can read statements like this:
"We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring."
“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".
The controversy of the nipple, is so ridiculously big, that it has became more than just a moral contradiction, it goes beyond through culture, politics, advertising, and even in everyday life, that even big social movements like "Free The Nipple", (raised by Lina Esco in 2014) haven't been strong enough to make social networks stop the nipple censorship.
At the point that I'm writing this, I'm seeing how Facebook allows photos of male nipples with no censorship or trouble, in other screen, I'm seeing how Instagram allows thousand of people to upload photos of nude females with nothing more than a small graphic (maybe a white circle, a dot, etc) to cover ONLY and specifically the nipple, and letting free everything else. Isn't it illogical? This is clearly and by far, a moral-double-standard in our society.
Why is it ok to expose the rest of the human female body... but the nipple?
There are a lot of "politically correct" excuses for this in the media, but as an open-minded human... non of these excuses makes sense for me.
So this is my way to address this topic: I'm creating images of female bodies, censored by abstract imagery... but letting free and uncensored that little part that media doesn't allow us expose freely: THE NIPPLE.
"Moral Versus Art: Censorship, the Politics of interpretation and the victorian nude"