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Facebook Nixes Breast Survivor Tattoo!

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Tattoo by Tina Bafaro


After squelching a photo of a breast cancer survivor’s chest tattoo by Tina Bafaro, as featured in Margot Miflin’s new book, “Bodies of Subversion,” the Thought Police at Facebook finally relented and let this fabulous example of a women’s courage to remain on the site. Here’s the details as reported on

In a move criticized by many, Facebook removed a photo of a breast cancer survivor’s large chest tattoo, citing a violation of its strict nudity policy, UPI reports.

However, the social networking site has since backtracked on its decision, allowing the photo to stay on the Custom Tattoo Design’s Facebook page.

In an email to The Huffington Post, Fred Wolens of Facebook Policy Communications explained the move, writing “Mastectomy photos don’t violate our content standards and are permitted on the site.”

The announcement comes after Lee Roller of the Ontario-based Custom Tattoo Design — the photo’s original poster — reposted the striking image and asked other users to share the photo.

The photo of Inga Duncan Thornell, a breast cancer survivor who underwent a mastectomy, was borrowed from the book Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo.

In the past, Facebook has swiftly removed photos said to be in violation of its community standards. In February, four breastfeeding photos were pulled from a “Respect the Breast” community page. More recently, in November, Facebook also censored a photo of an elbow that resembled a woman’s breast within 24 hours of its posting.

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Written by Baxter

February 21st, 2013 at 9:36 am

Posted in Human Interest

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  1. Back when I edited Skin&Ink, we’d have to substitute “less erotic” cover shots, all for the sake of the 7-Eleven stores in the Midwest. (Case in point: a Tyson McAdoo drawing of a pretty Scottish lass playing a bagpipe!) I wasn’t allowed to print a Sailor Jerry hula-girl tattoo, if it didn’t have on a bra. Not to cover an actual person with a bare breasts, mind you, but the bare breasts on the tattoo! Thank heaven those days are gone. No pixilated butt cracks, or as some magazine do, little “Censored” signs pasted across a woman’s bare nipples. Heaven forbid we showed bare bodies! We have a lot more artistic freedom with Tattoo Road Trip.


    21 Feb 13 at 12:46 pm

  2. Wow! What a beautiful tattoo design! And what a great way to celebrate beating breast cancer. Thanks for sharing. I hadn’t seen this before.


    25 Feb 13 at 2:14 pm

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