Photographer banned from Facebook because of naked mannequin photos [NSFW]

Mar 20, 2017

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Photographer banned from Facebook because of naked mannequin photos [NSFW]

Mar 20, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Canadian photographer Julia Busato had her profile banned from Facebook because of a photography project she’s been running.  Some Facebook users criticized her photos of naked women posing behind a mannequin, and reported her. As a result, Facebook banned her and she’s unable to access her personal profile and page.

Julia started the project over a year ago. It features women posing naked behind the mannequin, sharing the message that we are all different and we don’t fit the same mold that society has imposed on us. Julia herself says that she “doesn’t fit into modern society’s version” of what a woman should act like or look like. And as a woman who is very far from the universal beauty standards, I can relate.

Over the past year, the photos from this project have been shared more than 200,000 times. Women are still asking to join, and some men posed to support the project, too. All of the models are posing nude behind the female-shaped mannequin, showing that they differ, expressing their story and individuality. But it seems that prudes are unable to see this, it’s only some skin that pokes their eyes so badly.

The project is not only about having different body shape from what’s considered beautiful. Women (and men) of all sorts took part. They didn’t only share the image of their body, but often their story too – and Julia captured each of them in a single photo. It’s not about being “thin”, “curvy”, “fat” or whatever. It’s about being yourself, beautiful for whoever you are, whatever you look like and whatever your story is.

According to the photographer, people reporting her on Facebook impacts her way more than they may expect. It takes away from her business a lot, and I agree with her:

Julia says that the recent incident won’t drive her away from the project. She’s still looking for people who want to share their stories and participate. She says that this series “lets people know that they aren’t alone and it’s OK to be different than the norm.” She recognizes that “women are standing up for each other and supporting each other” through the project. And the fact that the series is being shared all over the world brings her a lot of joy.

Honestly, I think the “Report” option is useful, but I’ve never seen Facebook use it properly. Whenever I reported hate speech or threatening, the social network never took action. But when people get disgusted over some skin and plastic mannequin boobs, Facebook bans artists from their profiles. I’m very sensitive to censorship, and I believe it’s harmful and dangerous for a society.

When it comes to art, I think the limits shouldn’t exist, as long as we don’t endanger anyone. Julia’s project is not only harmless, but it’s strong and empowering to all the women out there who don’t want the “standards” to define them. And just like with any other art – if you don’t like it, move on. Explore other works, and don’t be mean to artists just because you don’t understand what their message is. And one last thing – please, don’t feel offended or disgusted by the image of the human body.

[via BBC]

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41 responses to “Photographer banned from Facebook because of naked mannequin photos [NSFW]”

  1. Tom Rutledge Avatar
    Tom Rutledge

    and they end up on Facebook anyway :)

    1. Paula Gemin Bell Avatar
      Paula Gemin Bell

      Damn right they did!

  2. Ignasi Jacob Avatar
    Ignasi Jacob

    There are life outside Facebook… Try to post this on Faceboob, no problemo.

  3. Tracey Mehan Avatar
    Tracey Mehan

    All of the questionable parts are covered anyways. WTF! People get offended over the dumbest crap! The people that complained would start a petition to clothe David and The Venus de Milo.

  4. Irma Schatz Merrild Rogers Avatar
    Irma Schatz Merrild Rogers

    Why let a couple of whiners ruin it for everyone?

  5. Julian Gehring Avatar
    Julian Gehring

    arent you saying that it shouldnt be on facebook by tagging ur aticle with NSFW ?

    1. Dunja0712 Avatar
      Dunja0712

      It occurred to me as well and it’s a good point. But we need to do it.
      I see it as a way of being fair to those who don’t feel the same as we do. Just because we’re cool with watching nude photos at our work, it doesn’t mean someone else’s boss is.
      So if someone opens the article without knowing there are nudes in it, they could get in an unpleasant situation or even trouble. And we don’t want to cause that. :)

      1. Will Knot B. Revealed Snr. Avatar
        Will Knot B. Revealed Snr.

        Coward.

      2. Henrique Pimentel Avatar
        Henrique Pimentel

        there’s no nude here.
        or plastic mannequins is counting as nude?

      3. Noh Whey Avatar
        Noh Whey

        Yup, we know how “sensitive” people have become these days. We wouldn’t want any body’s feelings hurt.

      4. gtvone Avatar
        gtvone

        What are they doing on Facebook at work?

      5. Trampakoulas Avatar
        Trampakoulas

        Under our clothes (or behind a mannequin) everybody’s nude.
        I don’t see anything explicit in these photos.

  6. Karen Padilla Avatar
    Karen Padilla

    Huh? I’ve seen much worse on FB. We’ll see if DIY Photography gets banned for reposting. If not, then it’s gender discrimination.

  7. Burt Johnson Avatar
    Burt Johnson

    While I see nothing objectionable here, I think one commenter on the main page had an interesting point. If you (DIYPhoto) are marking this “NSFW,” then you are pretty much agreeing that it should not be on FB…

  8. Shirley Gillespie Avatar
    Shirley Gillespie

    Love these, fabulous

  9. Henrique Pimentel Avatar
    Henrique Pimentel

    Facebook’s policy about nudity is totally abusive.
    Indistinct art to pornography. Block and ban every one and refuses to TALK about.
    If you are blocked or banned you don’t have a channel to discuss or appeal from this decision.
    Totally arbitrary and unfair.

  10. Adrian Gordon Avatar
    Adrian Gordon

    Do photoshoot deliberately poking the censorship police of FB, outrage when said censorship police report you for nudity. Gain huge publicity. Perfect

  11. Chris Hutcheson Avatar
    Chris Hutcheson

    I loved the photos – didn’t see anything objectionable about them at all. “NSFW” might raise a flag, but you’d think anyone looking at them would see they’re not objectionable.

  12. AsianReaper Avatar
    AsianReaper

    Simple , don’t use social media specifically FB for marketing. Websites are cheap as chips , start one and problem solved . Plus side she’ll look more professional.

    Personally . This series to me falls flat , I prefer messages that have a sense of irony not a shovel to the face.

  13. Nadine Spires Avatar
    Nadine Spires

    Facebook is always doing it wrong. The fact that they ban this when they allow open porn in groups that children can see says enough. That is NSFW yet is allowed so who is getting off on what at FB headquarters?

  14. Nadine Spires Avatar
    Nadine Spires

    Hit the nail on the head “Honestly, I think the “Report” option is useful, but I’ve never seen Facebook use it properly. Whenever I reported hate speech or threatening, the social network never took action. But when people get disgusted over some skin and plastic mannequin boobs, Facebook bans artists from their profiles.”

  15. Brandon Leow Avatar
    Brandon Leow

    Though shots like this should’ve been posted on his website or another image hosting site tbh. Then just write a posted with a more SFW image and link to his page for people to view.

  16. Nevalee Hornung-Looney Avatar
    Nevalee Hornung-Looney

    Good because these are disgusting photos. No Artistry here.

  17. Hellguz Hellishwinters Avatar
    Hellguz Hellishwinters

    Neanderthal people in 2017 banning the human body.

  18. Leigh Avatar
    Leigh

    …reconfirms my decision never to use social media, ever! What you’re doing with FB is left to the whim of a netbot & frantic, lunatic, puritanical Americans who would suffer a stroke had they ever the spirt to visit Europe…

    1. Dmitry Anisimov Avatar
      Dmitry Anisimov

      Facebooks owners are fairly “progressive”.

  19. Patte McCarthy Avatar
    Patte McCarthy

    so ridiculous!

  20. Ruslan Belik Avatar
    Ruslan Belik

    Those are some ugly-ass photos.

  21. Alexandre Grondin Avatar
    Alexandre Grondin

    Good.

  22. Susan Trott Avatar
    Susan Trott

    I think the photos are wonderful. Good for you DIY Photography for going out on a limb and creating thought-provoking art. It’s important to dispel the “perfect body” image and everyone is suppose to measure themselves against.

    As for NSFW — well many employers don’t want their employees on FB at work anyway. But by tagging her work that way, she surely drew the attention of people who would object. Sad really, but there are many opinions and all of them, and none of them are correct. They’re opinions.

    While she is tagging them nudes, they’re only partial nudes, with none of the “naughty bits” showing. These are no more offensive than looking at half-nudes of celebrities pregnant showing off their baby bumps, or celebrities dancing around in fabric so sheer they may as well not be wearing anything.

    People have their minds mixed up. Learn the difference between pornography and art and sensationalism.

    1. John HFH Avatar
      John HFH

      I agree with most of your comment. But, DIYP didn’t create the art, Julia Busato did. Also, I didn’t see anything in the article about her tagging her photos NSFW. The article above was tagged that way. Other than that I have no problem with my 13 year old daughter seeing these.

  23. bartom Avatar
    bartom

    sems silly that something like this would be a problem whe a FB search on sex turns up stuff like this.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1574356672579368/

  24. Robin Avatar
    Robin

    I totally disagree this project is “harmless.” This project is a strong and powerful outright ATTACK on male-dominated media that continues to promote an image of women who can only be “strong and powerful” if they are SEXY and only be accomplished if they fit in with men’s ideals of what “beauty” is.

    1. Bill Avatar
      Bill

      Are you being serious or snarky?

  25. Reneé Kunkel Avatar
    Reneé Kunkel

    Facebook is 13 or older… those images are NOT 13 year old rated– so NO- they do not belong on FB- deal with it!

    1. Rebecca Sianez Avatar
      Rebecca Sianez

      You see more in a PG13 movie and a beach for that matter (which is for all ages). So I, as well as the MPAA ratings board strongly disagree with you.

  26. Greg Sheppard Avatar
    Greg Sheppard

    Let’s not foget that Facebook was started by a guy who wanted to rate womenn, by their looks!

  27. Mark Oickle Avatar
    Mark Oickle

    This is not tasteless nudity. It is crazy because a post came up on my newsfeed on facebook and it was a nude woman with severed off arms and legs and breasts. I contacted Facebook about the disturbing photo and when they got back to me they said it was OK and will not be removed because it showed no sex parts. Are you kidding me? I could not believe it!!!

  28. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    That’s a shame this had to happen, I personally had to experience being suspended after a week of joining the site.

  29. Aaron Moore Avatar
    Aaron Moore

    If they didn’t like the images, they should have moved on and watch something else. Another reason why I rarely post any images on my facebook account.

  30. VolcanicSurfer Avatar
    VolcanicSurfer

    Seriously, how many phat women with tattoos must one be exposed to in a lifetime? Just get Tinder, get a lifetime supply in ten minutes. Puke, and then turn gay or only go after height-weight proportional girls.