Most US states demand that women’s breasts never be shown in public regardless of the context- well, actually it’s the nipple that is the truly offending portion of the female anatomy. Acts of violence are less problematic for US lawmakers – according to the A.C. Nielsen company The average child will watch 8,000 murders on TV before finishing elementary school.
For Facebook – who recently banned the decidedly more provocative “Origine du Monde” – bare breasts are just too offensive to “community standards” wether visible on a co-ed at Spring Break, or in a work of art in a museum in France. Period. There’s no exception for art, even if the art is a 70-year-old black and white photograph by one Laure Albin Guillot (1879-1962), and the museum is the Jeu de Paume – where only 4% of its fb fans are based in the US.
Facebook un-banned the museum site only after they took down the offensive picture – the museum has put up a censored version in its place to acknowledge the social-network censorship.
We post the censored nude – it’s somehow more provocative and ominous than the rather staid 1940 “L’etude du nu,” which you can see before the Facebook intervention here.