The Internet at the Speed of Thought

One Indonesian Woman’s Battle Against Facebook’s Inherent Sexism

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Unfortunately for Dea, the pictures she wished to share included topless women with exposed breasts, as traditional garb was rather revealing. Many of these photos were in direct violation of Facebook’s content and posting policies.

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Source: Twitter @DeaSB

After at least 50 people reported the photos, Dea’s Facebook account was subsequently disabled multiple times, despite her protests that she was trying to share educational content about Indonesian women throughout history.

Dea immediately took to her Twitter, imploring her friends and followers to stand in solidarity with her against Facebook’s censorship policy, writing “Sexuality is being oppressed amongst women and the system made us so, is this the kind of society we’re progressing into?”

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Source: Twitter @DeaSB

For several days, Dea has expressed her disappointment with Facebook’s policies and societal double standards regarding racism, violence, gender norms, sex, and sexuality.

Citing Facebook’s own policy, Dea even argued that her photographs were in no way sexualized, but rather tools for the education about and preservation of Indonesian culture and tradition.

What do you think of the specifics of this policy? Considering violent and graphic videos and posts are common on Facebook, the restrictions regarding nudity seem fairly strict, and certainly the product of American cultural standards, as opposed to those of more liberal nations.