Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/01/livejournal_kerfuffle/

LiveJournal tells lactating mums to put 'em away

Userpic nip kerfuffle

By Lester Haines

Posted in Media, 1st June 2006 11:30 GMT

LiveJournal has allegedly put a stop to breastfeeding mothers proudly displaying milk-packed jubs in their default userpics after the voluntary Abuse Team deemed such images "inappropriate".

According to pro-breastfeeding outfit ProMoM, the guidelines for said pics now prohibit "nudity or graphic violence", having previously banned "sexually explicit or graphically violent" images.

What the FAQs don't say is that "the rules LiveJournal Abuse now says it follows are to disallow any female nipple or areola in default icons", claims ProMoM.

Rather splendidly, ProMoM has provided a small but perfectly-formed gallery where readers are invited to judge for themselves just how shocking and offensive some of the proscribed snaps are.

All pretty tame, we're sure you'll agree. Quite how this matter of international import will be resolved is anyone's guess but we can't help feeling that the whole future of the internet, if not western democracy, may be at stake. ®

Bootnote

Yeah, we reckon it should be ProMaM, too.