Tired of seeing sites censor their female users' bodies, Canada-based web host and producer Aimee Davison decided to take the matter into her own hands.
Davison, an outspoken feminist and backer of the #FreeTheNipple movement, created a video that subtly addresses Instagram's censorship of nudity. In her 3-minute rant, Davison skillfully pinpoints some of the absurd aspects of its policies and illustrates them with her personal experiences.
Check out her findings below.
Per Instagram, it is totally cool to share sideview photos of your "girls." But according to Davison, searching for this particular hashtag returns zero results.
The same rule applies to a number of breast-related terms, including #cleavage and even #bra. But there are plenty of simple work-arounds.
In her video Davison shows how slightly distorting the word actually makes it possible to use as an Instagram hashtag.
She also highlights the fact that even though searching for naked pictures is not acceptable, you will have luck with #nudepaintings or #nudesculptures.
According to Instagram's Community Guidelines, you are only allowed to post shots of bare breasts if they document post-op scarring, display breastfeeding or belong to works of fine art:
"Post photos and videos that are appropriate for a diverse audience.
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. 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."
Davison went to great lengths in order to illustrate Instagram's nudity standards. She took photos of herself breastfeeding a doll, photoshopped mastectomy scars on her breasts and even covered herself in paint to look more like a sculpture.