I am deeply offended that a representative of Facebook has sexualized the tribal Himba women and babies in the artistic photographs of Melbourne-based photographer, Christopher Rimmer.
“I find it absolutely absurd that anybody would consider those pictures offensive in any way. To suggest they are pornographic or gratuitous is quite unbelievable. I don’t think anyone in their right mind would suggest it.”–photographer, Christopher Rimmer
Rimmer’s photos included samples of his work for an upcoming exhibition to document Africa’s western aspirations and their affect on the natural environment and tribal culture. The photos included topless mothers and their babies, some breastfeeding.
The Himba live in northern Namibia in southern Africa. Just yesterday, I watched the documentary Babies, which featured a mother and baby pair in Namibia, along with three other families across the world. Not for the first time, I thought, gosh wouldn’t it be so convenient and easy to breastfeed and raise our babies if this culture respected the practicality of topless mothers? I actually grew up in one of a handful of American cities that has legalized the topless privilege for women.
But now I’m here in the greater Seattle area where I’ve been reported to the police for indecent exposure. Lucky for me and my baby, the woman who reported me was misinformed as to the law.
Source:Seattle Breastfeeding Examiner