Feminists are now wearing felt nipple brooches to mess with Instagram

Feminists are now wearing felt nipple brooches to mess with Instagram

Instagram’s policy on women’s nipples has long irked some radical feminists, who claim the social media policy discriminates against them. Now, those #FreetheNipple activists are turning to jewelry to troll Instagram.

Right now, Instagram prohibits explicit sexual images. As part of that policy, it restricts images of female breasts that show the nipple, though it makes exceptions for women posting about breastfeeding, as well as photos depicting breasts after a mastectomy. Instagram also allows users to post photographs of nude paintings, sculptures and art.

“It is not always easy to find the right balance between enabling people to express themselves while maintaining a comfortable experience for our global and culturally diverse community of many different ages, but we try our best,” said a spokesperson for the company.

But #FreetheNipple activists have specifically sought out creative ways to mess with Instagram, challenging its policy on depictions of women’s breasts. For instance, one Instagram account, Genderless Nipples, posts photos of nipples taken from so close up that it’s impossible to tell whether they’re male or female. The account has garnered more than 74,000 followers.

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