Last week, a friend of mine sent me a few images of #reindeerboob and I was immediately smitten with them. Combining my love of costumes and showing off I knew this was a photo shoot I needed to do. So, I sipped some wine and started drawing out what would become a set of antlers, picked out a shirt and enlisted my partner to take some pictures of the completed look. After taking the pictures, I grew a little sad that this photo album would be for my Patreon fans only. What a waste I thought! And then, yesterday, on Facebook of all places I saw it, a post of #Reindeerboob in all its public glory.
But wait a minute, Facebook is supposed to be a family friendly platform, so how was this post not flagged as inappropriate? Why is what is basically a bare breast with a little bit of glitter and decoration suddenly OK to show? Well, while it may be flagged as offensive by some, it actually doesn’t violate the prime policy Facebook leans on, and that is the display of the female nipple. The other component, is that in this case, the breast is not sexualized (well I mean arguably it’s more humorous than randy), but the fact remains, the breast is not being displayed in a way the elicits any sexual behaviour. It is simply a fun place to put a reindeer, and all the naughty bits are covered up.
Does this seem a little weird or fishy to anyone else? Why is this the line? What makes the nipple something worthy of censorship? Why are we all so afraid of seeing this particular body part?
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Honestly, I have no answer. There is little rhyme or reason other than someone was asked to draw a line in the sand about what to censor and the nipple was poking just a little too far out. It was bright and perky, and got noticed. And well, I now keep my nipples out of the sunlight. I keep them hidden from public platforms like facebook, and show them off less proudly on my blog. That’s a hassle I just don’t need in my life. I have zero desire to have someone tell me that my nipples violate anything and need to be put away, or hidden from view. No one tells me what I can and cannot do with my body! So, I toe the line. I adhere to the policies of the public platforms I use, as best I can, and instead of challenging a faceless entity with my pictures, I use my words. I use this blog, and the vlog to shout as loud as I can, that censorship is bad, and #FreetheNipple! And when I see the opportunity to follow the rules and show off? Well, obviously I pounce! So enjoy this wonderfully festive hashtag. Make your own #reindeerboob. Share it with pride! Have fun with it! And most of all make this your most sex positive holiday yet!
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