Tuesday, May 17, 2016

More Facebook censorship

An incredibly powerful image of a father cradling his sick son in the shower has garnered an outpouring of support despite it being removed by Facebook more than once.

The moment was captured by Heather Whitten in November 2014 as her husband, Thomas, comforted their son Fox who was hospitalized for salmonella poisoning after the photo was taken.

Whitten recalled the moment in a Facebook post earlier this month, writing that her husband had spent hours in the shower with Fox as he tried to keep their son's fever down, and as the water rinsed the vomit and diarrhea off of them both as it came.

The mother-of-four, who is a photographer, lives with her husband and children in Southern Arizona  and described it as 'a powerful moment for us as parents,' according to The Mirror.

'As I sat in the shower with the two of them I was just overwhelmed with the scene in front of me,' she wrote.

'This man. This husband and partner and father. He was so patient and so loving and so strong with our tiny son in his lap.

'His whispers of reassurance to Fox, that he would be ok and that Thomas would take care of him were so steady and so honest.'

But she noted that while the photo depicted a special moment for them as parents, people were quick to comment on the nudity in the photo. 'I was taken aback by how many people missed the story or didn't even look past the nudity to find the story,' she wrote.

'They were just hung up on them both being nude and being in the shower. I had crossed a line. It was too intimate. It shouldn't be shared publicly. But, I disagree.

'My family may be different than yours. But, that doesn't make your way right or my way wrong.'



Use the Name, Luke said...

Yes, they're obviously not wearing any clothes, but that's beside the point. What is shown is less than you would see at any beach or on a "glamor magazine" cover. But what it says about the love of a good father is fantastic. I would be willing to bet it's the "loving father" that is really what has the whiners' knickers in a twist. The "nudity" is just a excuse to attack a father who "manned up" for the sake of his son.

Anonymous said...

Whether you agree with the picture or not is a separate issue.

1) Facebook is a privately held company with public stock. They can limit what is seen or written about on their site to their heart's content.

2) The woman who took the picture seems to be complaining that Facebook won't allow the image to be posted. She has no legal right to demand that Facebook host her image on their site.

3) The people who are offended or whatever by the image have the exact same rights and ability to say what they want about the image and Facebook's decision as the original poster does.

4) Her claims of "no right or wrong" are somewhat passive aggressive. She clearly is saying that it is right to post the image and that everyone should accept that.

Her claim of what we must see on Facebook is just as bad as those who claim we can't see something on Facebook.

Go start your own social media company where you can control the content.

Anonymous said...

It is not Facebook's right to allow or remove any image that they wish that is in question Anon 4:47. We all know and understand they are a private company.
It is there blatant hypocrisy and inconsistent standards which has people upset.
Facebook appears to routinely censor images that do not breach its policies and allows others that do - depending on what type of message they send.
If Facebook applied its policies consistently we would have nothing to complain about.

Anonymous said...

One simple question will resolve the issue about which images Facebook allows: 'does this image advance the progressive cause or is it too conservative?'

Anonymous said...

Always equating nudity with sex is neurotic; and this image doesn't even show or suggest any area of the human body associated with sex, or in a pose that is in any way erotic.

Anonymous said...

What troubles me is they did not go to the hospital at the first sign of this potentially fatal incident. Sitting in a shower would be great mitigation if you had no access to medical care. I hope the child care Nazi's do not report them.


Anonymous said...

The picture of a naked man with a naked child on his lap is related to the widespread belief that men are nearly always thinking about sex and given a chance will molest children and babies.

Anonymous said...

"Honi soit qui mal y pense"

Anonymous said...

I meant to say the opposition to the picture is related to that belief, not the picture itself.
But there are those who would see the picture sexually and like it for that, and recognising their existence does not mean one is unhealthy or deviant, but it is unhealthy to assume there are many more of them than there are, or to assume that most men would see the picture that way.

A normal society will always have a small percentage of deviants, and that is natural or to be expected. But when a society becomes so obsessed with and neurotic about that small percentage of deviants that it places all sorts of restrictions and assumed sicknesses on itself, like fathers not being allowed to photograph their own children at school sports, and when women frequently call the police when they see a man with his child in the park, and when men on mass feel pressured to depart primary teaching, and when there are 14 year old boys who are fearful of becoming men in case they become pedophiles, then it is not that small percentage of deviants that are the problem but the overall society that has the problem and that is unhealthy.