Posted: 23 January, 2015 by Web Girl Sarah

Is #FreeTheBush The Next Big Instagram Hashtag?

Tags: Instagram, Sexism

Instagram has revealed they “don’t always get it right” when it comes to censorship of nudity on their social network.

This comes after an Aussie online magazine, Sticks and Stones, was banned from the platform allegedly because they showed tinsy, winsy bit of unshaved bikini line.

How dare they...

"Unfortunately, Instagram has ruled out natural hair that appears on all bodies of women that don't trim their bikini lines," Ainsley Hutchence, the Sticks and Stones director, told Mic.

"Clearly this is absolutely sexist. Instagram believes that women should wax or get off their platform."

"Why is it inappropriate for women to show natural REAL pubic hair in images when we have Justin Bieber having his photoshopped in for his most current Calvin Klein campaign with Lara Stone?" she asked.

"If a male can be enhanced in post to look more masculine by way of pubic hair, why can't a woman feel accepted in society to be feminine in showing hers?" 


Instagram has a history of sexist and unpredictable cencorship - allowing some celebritiies to post explicit photographs while others are removed. For example this.... or this. 

The photo-sharing platform has since reinstated the account and admitted to The Huffington Post they got it wrong. 

"We try hard to find a good balance between allowing people to express themselves creatively and having policies in place to maintain a comfortable experience for our global and culturally diverse community," an Instagram spokesperson said. "This is one reason why our guidelines put limitations on nudity, but we recognize that we don’t always get it right. In this case, we made a mistake and have since restored the account."

So what's wrong with a lady deciding to rock little bit of bush? 'Cause you know, it's her choice and stuff? 

Twitter has spoken. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it. 

Tags: Instagram, Sexism

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