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May. 20th, 2006 | 09:59 pm
posted by: thewhimmed in lactivism

cali4niachef was reported to LJ Abuse for using as her default icon. She was told to remove it, on the grounds that it was "inappropriate for a general viewing audience". If she doesn't remove it, her journal will be suspended. (Full post here).

LJ Abuse is maintaining the line that BFing icons are inappropriate to be seen in a public place, despite the fact that in just about every single US State, women have the right to breastfeed wherever they are legally allowed to be.

( Some of the more misguided statements that have come from LJ Abuse )

If you wish to show support for cali4niachef and the other women affected, please feel free to use this as your default icon, and join the email petition.

Several news networks have been contacted, and LJ's parent compant Six Apart has also been contacted.

(the above was copied from general post that is widely circulating and jexia.

xpst

i signed the petition and have since recieved a response from lj saying that "If an icon depicting the act
of breastfeeding does not also depict a clearly visible unclothed breast in which the areola or nipple is visible, it does not fall into this category.", so apparently, they are back-peddling a little and now only nipples are "inappropriate".

they then followed up with "The physical-world analogy is not perfect in this situation; breastfeeding is indeed perfectly legal in public places, but in a public place, another parent is also able to cover a child's eyes or remove a child from the area if he or she believes that such an action is inappropriate for their child to see." the reference of a parent being able to shield their child in public but not online is ridiculous posturing. the fact that other parents see breastfeeding as inappropriate for children to see is also so sad, strange world we live in.

for me, i told lj that if they didn't recant and change their position so that breastfeeding in all its forms is taken out of the "obscene and inappropriate" category, that i would not be renewing my paid subscription when it runs out.

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Saara

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from: saara687
date: May. 21st, 2006 06:48 am (UTC)
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"Finally, please be aware that write-in campaigns are never effective in
swaying the opinion of the Abuse Team or LiveJournal administrators, or
in focusing attention on a particular issue."

*shrug* Won't stop us from doing it, though.

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