UPDATE: Instagram brought #curvy back! In a statement made to Buzzfeed Life, a spokesperson at Instagram said, “We want people to be able to express themselves, and hashtags are a great way to do that.”
In the case of #curvy, we don’t like putting restrictions around a term that many people use in very positive ways, so we have decided to unblock the hashtag while taking steps to ensure that it’s not used as a vehicle for bad content.
Let us raise a glass, internet! We won something! Now let’s concentrate this same energy on world peace.
If you haven’t been appraised of what we’re talking about, here’s the original story below:
I like to think there are more enlightened people out there in the world than we realize. However, it’s the (more) vocal minority, the powerful ignoramuses/geniuses that hold the cards over what we women should be allowed to celebrate about ourselves. There are lots we should embrace and 2015 is the time to start. But when we do…we get shot down by the (prudish) MAN. Instagram is that MAN this week, THAT GUY who is prone to shoot down the most ridiculous thing for a most ridiculous reason. It all comes down to one hashtag: #curvy.
It was noticed by the good folks at BuzzFeed who also went down a the list of seemingly unacceptable, searchable hastags — #dildo, #vibrator, #forced, #clitoris, #vagina, etc. The rest are all still active. In fact, #forced is mostly comprised of tied-up naked women and Bill Cosby memes at first glance. I guess we can all be thankful that #dick and #nipple are also banned… But whatever you do! don’t go searching for #freethenipple. I know it has a liberating message, but that’s where all the “pornogs” migrated to when #nipple couldn’t be used anymore. This is why we can’t have nice things!
A spokesperson from Instagram reached out to BuzzFeed and said that “the hashtag #curvy is not searchable because, according to the company, it was being used to share images and videos that violated Instagram’s community guidelines around nudity.”
I’m sure there were a few pictures that seemed pornographic. Let’s face it, this is the internet. Porn lives here. But to ban one hashtag and not ones that are far worse and way more obvious? Methinks this might be a trigger word for someone at Instagram. Me(also)thinks that person doesn’t like the word “moist” either.
I just looked up #moist. Six of the nine top posts are cars. WHAT?!
I might be reaching here, but isn’t suppressing #curvy another form of shaming women embracing how they look? Once puberty kicks in, girls’ self-esteem PLUMMETS because they’re already being inundated with “societal norms” and dated expectations of how a woman should look or act. Unless we have positive support systems in place, that self-esteem never fully recovers. It might even get worse.
#Curvy, in my mind, can be used as a power word for people who aren’t going to be the next Twiggy and don’t care. It’s a word that brings to the forefront of people’s minds that women come in more different shapes and sizes than the one we always see in the media. While you can use variations of the hashtag (i.e. #curvywomen, #curvyandproud, etc), suppressing #curvy on a popular social media outlet at all further suggests that being curvy and embracing your figure is taboo. Lord forbid we actually celebrate body positivity!
However, some women who share my sentiment are now fighting back against this ban and posting images of their badass curvy selves under the hashtag #Curvee.
(via The Mary Sue)