It’s true that Instagram is the biggest and most diverse photo sharing platform. But even with Instagram, there are rules and regulations on what you can post. Blogger mum, Anna Whitehouse, just saw her post removed by the app for breach of ‘nudity’ rules. This picture was of her belly, showing scars from her recent C-section.
In the picture above, Mother Pukka as she’s named on IG, is sharing the aftermath of her pregnancy surgery with her 187,00 followers. Could be that she wanted to inspire fellow mothers to feel okay in their post-operated skins. In fact, Anna was careful-she insists that her intention was not to promote nudity. But some followers and Instagram clearly thought otherwise.
Anna went on to post another photo of the C-Section, regardless of the first’s removal
“The photo I uploaded last night of my c-section scar (still in stories) broached guidelines here. I was fairly careful not to flash gusset”, she said
The mother continued to say that she does not agree with Instagram’s actions or some people’s thoughts about the picture.
“And post-operative scarring tissue isn’t my idea of X-rated material but anyhow, to pay homage to my “line” as my daughter calls it, here’s a safer photo of a mother high as a kite on oxytocin.”
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This post got fellow mothers hyped as she reeled in more than 6,500 likes and several comments in support. In fact, most of these mothers joined the bandwagon and started posting pictures of their own post-operation bodies.
One woman stood out. She bravely shared a photo of her scar four months after giving birth, saying: “Never in a zillion years did I think I would show this to the world, but I am angry that people could possibly take offence at something so amazing.
“This is a 4 time C-section scar- you don’t see all that many of those kicking about in your feed. And I am proud of it because it brought all 4 of my babies safely into this world.”
“It may have a little pouch of wobbly skin and be puckered in places, but I think it’s bloody fantastic so there you go. Get stuffed Instagram!!!”, she concluded.
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Another mum shared her two scars, writing: “So here’s mine. It’s huge, wonky and there’s actually two running next to each other.
“It still tingles, has a beautiful floppy bit on top but it’s warm and comforting for me. It’s where my girls came from. One under general and one while awake.
“Both horrific, both I lost so much blood and both stuck on my body forever to remind me of how strong I am/we are.”
“It’s not pretty but its mine, part of my tapestry and I am growing tired of Instagram censoring things that are natural.”
“It’s completely wrong to allow all kinds of accounts to share unrealistic images of women after having babies and yet censor people showing REAL bodies with real scars and stretch marks”, another added in fury.
Funny thing is none of these mothers had their pictures removed lol.