But with Instagram’s known history of censoring women’s bodies, it’s (sadly) no surprise the platform banned #Curvy.
So #curvy may be a banned search.
Instagram has blocked users from searching the word “curvy”. Instead of acknowledging that female bodies come in all shapes and sizes and recognizing that that’s okay, we’re labeling innocent words like “curvy” as inappropriate or scandalous.
Buzzfeed notes that you can also still search hashtags like #fat, #fatfuck, #fatpig, #obese, and on the topic of nudity, you can also search #dildo and #clitoris, as well as #vibrator, and get nudes and photos on sexual themes. That’s because Instagram recently made the decision to ban the body-positive term.
Of course, this isn’t the first time users have pointed out prejudices in Instagram’s content policies, which ban nudity including “photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks”, as well as “some photos of female nipples”. By hiding these parts of women’s bodies from the public eye, the message is clear: Women’s bodies are inappropriate.
“They have banned images of breast feeding, stretch marks, domestic images of menstruation and classical art works that respectfully portray nude women and now they ban the hashtag #curvy”, while it still allows “b***h, fat slag, hookers, thin”, Roddick said to HuffPost UK Lifestyle, calling Instagram “not a safe platform for women and especially young girls”. Why on earth Instagram would want to stifle that is utterly baffling. Instagram is standing pretty firm with its policies, even though it makes them look like the biggest fat-shaming dicks in the universe.
If all this sounds a bit familiar it’s because it is. But when a user tries to search for these tagged photos, it can’t be done. But by and large it seems unlikely that Facebook will escape these long-standing criticisms.
In the paper, the news everyday I am / I don’t know it’s just the way I am. When it comes to its tendency to offend, it’s just the way the site is.