Women Are Covering Their Own Nipples With Cut-Out Male Nipples To Protest Instagram Censorship

Nipples and Instagram aren’t exactly the best of friends but worry no more proud areola flashers, you’re now covered. Literally.

Instagram says in its community guidelines that female nipples, except in some circumstances, are banned. “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,” it says. “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.”

So nipples are okay sometimes…if they’re arty or feeding a baby or of a certain gender. Huh.

Artist Micol Hebron created a template of a male nipple last year to make a statement about the online censorship rules that have bothered people from Cara Delevingne to Willow Smith. Now, women are putting the template over their own nipples in protest against the rules and to demonstrate how pointless it is to differentiate between the male and female form when it comes to censorship.

Have you joined the nipple-freeing protest?