I seem to be on my pet subject here. I’ll try not to ramble too much as i have a page dedicated to to this already.
In the time i’ve been on Facebook it’s always aggravated me that when it comes to nudity there is a complete ban. I’m certainly not the only one as many models also complain about this. Having seen the nude work of many of these models, some are wonderful art nudes, some alternative style containing nudity, and some are erotic, but non that i follow on Facebook or other sites could be considered pornographic!
Through social media it’s now possible to get to know something of the models. They generally seem to be decent and intelligent people. They model because they enjoy it, and if they’re prepared to do nude work then good for them. Mostly they seem in control of what they do and are happy with it. I have a lot of respect for them. Yet often they complain of photos being removed by Facebook, or even that their page is closed down, even if they don’t show full nudity.
Photographers also complain about not being able to show their full range of photography if they do nude work. There’s rarely anything pervy about it, and often it’s female photographers working with female models. On the whole there is a lot of respect shown to each other. Yet many have photographs removed by Facebook, the same as models, because someone decides to follow them and then complains about the photos. Often they don’t even contain nudity. I see this as an insult to both the model and photographer.
Would it really be so hard for Facebook to have a photo setting that warned it contains nudity? Some blog sites do this for “adult material”, and photo sharing sites, if you’re lucky, will have and adult setting, and if you’re really really lucky, they have a moderate setting too
Now to Google
Google+ are using their Picasa Web Albums for photography. Here’s the relevant part of their terms.
- Pornography and Obscenity: We do not allow image or video content that contains nudity, sexually graphic material or material that is otherwise deemed explicit by Google.
- Paedophilia, Incest and Bestiality: Users may not publish written, image or video content that promotes paedophilia, incest and bestiality.
- Commercial Pornography: We do not allow content that exists for the primary purpose of monetising porn content or driving traffic to a monetised pornography site.
- Child Pornography: Google has a zero-tolerance policy against child pornography, and we will ban and report to the appropriate authorities any user who publishes or distributes child pornography.
So simple nudity as art is placed alongside paedophilia, incest, bestiality, and child pornography. And it’s classed alongside commercial pornography. This really doesn’t make sense. I do some work as a life model, and have done for twenty years. If someone wanted to use me for a well lit art nude photo they wouldn’t be able to display it in a Google+ album.
From my personal view i find it extremely offensive that a photograph of me is placed in the same bracket as paedophilia, incest, bestiality, and child pornography.
I posted some experimental art nude photos of myself in a blog on Blogspot. This is run by Google. Some months later i happened to look at Picasa Web Albums and found an album of photos from Blogspot posts. It was publicly viewable, so therefore i was breaking the above terms without even knowing. Blogspot allows you to give a warning that the post may contain nudity, so i thought i’d followed the rules. I tended not to use Picasa as i really don’t like it much, and to find photos from blog posts were public in that way was quite a surprise. Fortunately by not using Picasa then there were hardly any views of the photos, but what if someone had seen them and complained?
Now i think the default setting is private….
I now use Google+ and would like to be able to show art nudes, and also to see what other photographers are doing. There are plenty of us out here that appreciate the art of the human body, so why are we not allowed to be grown ups and both show, and view, art nude photography? All it takes is a way of warning viewers so they don’t have to look if they don’t want to. Is it really that difficult?
Related page. Human Figure As Art In Photography