There was this moment last winter when I saw that my friend, fellow Birth Worker, and all around wise-woman, Yolande Clark, had shared a beautiful photo on Facebook:
tThe photo wasn't of her, so I read the caption and was appalled to read that this photo had been flagged on Facebook and the woman in the photo, Maryn Green of Indie Birth , had her account shut down for 24 hours as a result. As a result of her sharing this gorgeous photo of the moment after her empowering, family-attended homebirth. Apparently someone found it offensive, flagged it, and the hint of a nipple was enough for Facebook to shut 'er down.. I think this picture is just about the most beautiful thing that could go around social media. We need more images of strong, healthy, empowered mothers feeling strong and proud right after giving birth. I shared this image in equal parts protest and sisterhood.
An old friend from my undergrad days, who is now an editor for Huff Post, saw this and asked me to write an article on the topic of birth being censored in the media. Follow the link below to read the article.
The comments are pretty scathing at times, but hey, not everyone is ready to hear that they've been brain washed and manipulated into participating in and supporting a system that would hate them, objectify them, lie to them, and abuse them; and not everyone is ready to see that they contribute to perpetuating the patriarchy that tries to bind us.
Kate Varsava is a Halifax, NS based lover of wit, whimsy, and word-play. Late-nights, mid-morning coffee, quiet meditations, and the elements of nature inspire her sentiments and observations.