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Breastfeeding Moms Debate Suing Facebook

breastfeeding-facebookThe boob brouhaha over at Facebook might land the social networking company in legal hot water.

Remember the whole push to make Facebook realize breastfeeding was natural and not obscene? It came to a head in late 2008 with a nurse in right at the company’s Palo Alto, Calif. headquarters to gain women the right to keep their breastfeeding photos on the site.

But while Facebook got flak for its absurd interpretation of obscenity, the site has been growing in popularity (seventy-three percent of adults now report having a profile) and it hasn’t backed down. They’re still deleting photos.

And while the “Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene! (Official petition to Facebook)” group is still alive and well (and sporting a quarter of a million fans – up from fifty-four thousand last time we reported on this), moms are considering taking a bigger step.

They’re talking about taking Facebook to court, and they’re using laws that specifically protect breastfeeding from claims of indecent exposure to warrant a possible class action suit. According to The Other Paper, the debate got serious after Facebook took down the page of “Hey Facebook” creator Stephanie Muir. She created a new page – now listing herself as “Steph” Muir, and they’ve left the group up – with the photo above although Muir told The Other Paper this week that there have been threats from Facebook over the page.

Legally, women can breastfeed in public in just about every state – with the protection of the law. That’s the argument that’s held forth against Facebook in the public sector. But will it carry weight in the court?

After all, Facebook is still a private corporation, and private corporations still maintain certain rights to discriminate. It doesn’t make it right – and Facebook certainly isn’t – but the real question is whether they can convince a judge that women have the right to feed their children in the same space that teens can do beer bong hits?

Image: Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene! (Official petition to Facebook)

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