I have (some) important things to say listen to me (or not its your choice I won't push...free will and stuff).
Hi, my name is Sarah Esther Perlin, so my friend's call me sperly. Yes, if you follow me, we are friends! I am a junior at Emory University. I am a pre-med, with hopes of someday saving children's lives and runny noses (pediatrics are fun). Despite my pre-meddy-ness, I am a sociology major, possible ethics minor. I believe in social justice, so that is what I study in school (learning about what you actually like yikes). My main things that you are going to see are feminism and poverty awareness (because I am a little bit poor. But also because poverty sucks). I touch on racism, body positivity/eating disorder stuff/fat activism, depression, lgbtqia rights, mental illness, and other assorted things. Many of these effect my actual life. Some of them don't. Don't assume which is which. I democrat hardcore. I love community service. feel free to reblog or ask me anything.
So for the last four months or so, I have taken part in the body positivity movement on Instagram, including posting photos of myself in my bikini and underwear/bra. Keep in mind that none of my photos have ever been sexually explicit or suggestive and that I have always been fully covered. As far as nudity goes, I show no more skin than a thin woman in a bikini. Below is a photo I uploaded last night, with the caption “I love my belly. ♥”
At approximately 2:05 am, I received an email from Instagram stating that a photo had been removed from my account for “violating the community guidelines.” I went to my page to find the above photo missing from my account. Angry and determined to make a point, I went to the tags on Instagram to find photos of women dressed in as much clothes as I was. I found entire pages dedicated to sharing women in sexually explicit and suggestive poses in half the clothes I am wearing in the above photo. I also found men, completely naked with the photo cropped to just miss their dick being in the photo. I reported these photos for nearly half an hour.
At exactly 3:58 am, I was logged off of my Instagram account while using it and then told that my account had been disabled for violating the community guidelines. My entire account containing over 560 followers and over 500 personal photos and memories of my self love journey were removed without warning.
I went to sleep crying, disgusted and angry that Instagram would do this. When I woke up, I found that every pornographic image I had reported was not only still there, but so was the pages offering to send people nudes in direct messages. That is the moment that I became enraged and determined to fight this.
This is not the first time that Instagram has practiced size discrimination. Meghan Tonjes went through a very similar situation and her story went viral. I am asking you to make this go viral as well, because THIS is not okay. By removing my photos and the photos of women of size and not the others, Instagram is effectively telling women that our fat bodies are more offensive to the eyes of children and their viewers than thin women half naked and blatant pornography. They are silencing us and telling us that our bodies are to be censored while the rest of the world can practice “cocks in socks” and post Victoria’s Secret Models.
I will not be silenced. After years of struggling with my body through depression, anxiety and self harm, I WILL NOT let a website tell me that my body is censor worthy simply because it is a fat body with cellulite and rolls. END SIZE DISCRIMINATION ON INSTAGRAM.
EDIT: Relating to this:http://www.nbc4i.com/story/26013781/chillicothe-teen-alleges-size-discrimination-after-instagram-account-removed?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10364251
Reinstated! You go, girl!
You know you’re a nanny when you have the entire daily program order of PBS Kids memorized
Things that lower abortion rates:
- Better access to condoms
- Accessible birth control
- Accessible Plan - B pills
- Comprehensive sex education
Things that do not lower abortion rates:
- Abstinence-Only sex education
- Banning contraceptives
- Shaming people who have sex or get abortions
- Making abortion illegal
Friendly daily reminder that the entire pro-life movement is basically pointless and counterproductive
Me: Joins tumblr for fun
Me: starts to critically analyze almost every aspect of modern society
Olivia Cole - Lucy: Why I’m Tired of Seeing White People on the Big Screen (via noely-g)