Instagram has been criticized for banning displayed vagina sculptures in a new campaign to end the stigma that surrounds the vagina.
The social media platform removed a post showing idols “for nudity” as its rules allow genitals only in the context of childbirth.
It comes as new research finds nearly a quarter of 16- to 24-year-olds and 15 percent of 25 to 34-year-olds have thought about transforming themselves by cutting or bleaching their vaginas.
Researchers who surveyed 2,000 people found that 13 percent of children ages 16 to 34 plan to have vaginal surgery.
The study by a period-care brand called Kailali, which launched the campaign in conjunction with the Vagina Museum, also found that nearly a third of 16- to 35-year-olds are concerned about whether their vulva was not normal.
The museum said hundreds of testimonies from women who shared personal stories and comments of the campaign were lost when the post on the Vagina Museum’s Instagram page was removed. The post garnered 6,000 likes.
Zoe Williams of the Vagina Museum said: “It’s amazing – the moment we want to talk about the vulva and share completely natural images of our bodies, we face censorship.
“How can people know about the normal if they cannot be shown what is normal? Now is the time to amend these rules.”
new campaign, we need to talk about vulva, attempts to dispel the “myth of the perfect yoni”.
An Instagram spokesperson told independent He is probing the issue.
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