South Australia’s Minister for the Status of Women Gail Gago will write to Facebook asking that women be given the right to post breastfeeding photos of themselves and their babies if they so wish. As the rules stand, Facebook removes photos of that nature under its terms of agreement which state ‘users cannot post content that is hateful, pornographic, contains nudity or incites violence’. “Breastfeeding your baby is a normal and natural thing to do,” Ms Gago said. “There is no valid reason for any social media network to ban legitimate pictures posted by women of themselves breastfeeding their own children.” The Facebook policy has led to the creation of a group, “Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!” which has more than 257,000 supporters removed from its social networking site internationally.
A protest has been organised outside Facebook’s Australian offices tomorrow. More than 350 images have been removed, according to an official count. Facebook said: “On some occasions, breastfeeding photos contain nudity – for example an exposed breast that is not being used for feeding – and therefore violate our terms. When such photos are reported to us and are found to violate our policies, the person who posted the photo is contacted, and the photos are removed. Our policies strive to fit the needs of a diverse community while respecting everyone’s interest in sharing content that is important to them, including experiences related to breastfeeding.”
It’s the Queen’s diamond jubilee year and today marked the very day, 60 years on, that she ascended the throne. Her Royal Highness celebrated in an understated manner as the Palace didn’t want to go over the top with celebrations when Britain was in a spot of economic bother. Queen Elizabeth took to the throne as a 25-year-old after she was told of the death of her father, King George VI while travelling in Kenya with her husband, Prince Philip. She said of the 60th anniversary today: “Today, as I mark 60 years of your Queen, I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Phillip over these years and to tell you how deeply moved we have been to receive so many kind messages about the Diamond Jubilee.
In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope that we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth.” The major festivities, including a Thames pageant, will take place later in the year.
And just because we can, here’s a gallery of the stylish Queen over the years.
Figures released under Freedom of Information reveal the depletion of police recruits and officers in Victoria has reached ‘alarming’ levels. The figures showed more than a third of Victorian police had fewer than 10 years’ experience and eighty-two officers resigned within their first 12 months in the six years to June 2010, leaving a bill of several million dollars. The union said that might in part be attributed to the false expectations rookies had from watching the glut of television crime shows … and then being confronted with the real deal, which is significantly less ‘sexy’.