Nipplegate

This is a hilarious look at how New Yorker cartoons have gotten banned from FB for excess female nipple:

The New Yorker has a Facebook page for our cartoons, which a lot of you like, or maybe it’s just one person with a lot of time on their hands, liking the page over and over again. But in any case, it’s a whole lotta like. We like that.

What we don’t like is that we got temporarily banned from Facebook for violating their community standards on “Nudity and Sex,” by posting this Mick Stevens cartoon:

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Hoping to get back into Facebook’s good graces, Mick redrew the cartoon for us, but the gain in clothes caused too great a loss in humor.

stevens-cartoon-2.jpg

Some sleuthing showed that the offense was actually caused by the inclusion of these two dots in the cartoon,

female-nipples.jpg

which, by the way, also contained these two non-offending dots.

male-nipples.jpg

Can you spot all four of them in the banned cartoon? Hint: it’s like “Where’s Waldo?,” but for nipples.

I appreciate that FB wants to be free of any explicitly sexual material, but it seems there ought to be room for a completely harmless (and quite humorous) New Yorker cartoon.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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