Originally published to Taipei Times:
Inspired by the global “Free The Nipple” campaign, five young women in Taipei posted a series of topless photographs of themselves on Facebook last week, triggering a heated debate on media censorship and gender equality.
The controversy escalated after Facebook deleted the photos and suspended two of the women’s accounts.
The global campaign, launched in 2013 by US filmmaker Lina Esco, seeks to address perceived inequalities between men and women, as only female nipples are usually subject to censorship.
The campaign received renewed attention last month after photographs from Iceland went viral. Scores of women worldwide have since expressed solidarity by posting photographs of their chests with the hashtag #FreeTheNipple.
Journalist Liu Mei-yu (劉美妤) said she initiated the Taipei project to protest against Facebook’s censorship rules after she was banned from posting content on her page for three days after sharing an article about the FreeTheNipple campaign that contained several images of topless women.
She said she backed the campaign’s appeal that the female body should be accepted in a non-sexualized way.