Instagram has gained a lot of popularity over the years, allowing people to express themselves by sharing pictures with their friends, through private or public profiles. As every social media site or application, Instagram follows certain Community Guidelines, in order to maintain a safe environment for its users. If the picture is considered alarming or threatening, Instagram has the right to erase the post.
Recently a girl, under the name of Rupi Kaur, shared a picture of a woman who is menstruating. The picture is not provocative, the woman being fully clothed, and it does not assault a group of people. Rupi Kaur, was trying to share through this picture on Instagram, the enormous pain she suffered from a sickness relating to her menstruating cycle. To her surprise, Instagram deleted the picture twice from her account, with the explanation that it does not follow the Community Guidelines.
This did not stop Rupi Kaur, she made sure that her voice was heard and that social media will not shut her down. On Facebook and Tumblr she has been given a lot of support. She mentioned the situation stating: “I will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak. when your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified. pornified. and treated less than human. thank you.”
Furious to Instagram’s restriction, she was able to gain the support of other women who feel the same. While this is a sensitive topic, it touches on the fact that social media tries to hide certain aspects and make others surface. Many people post pictures of themselves consuming drugs, containing nudity, and other disturbing factors, and those pictures are considered acceptable according to the Community Guidelines. Even though the image she posted was in a way intimate, Rupi Kaur was trying to prove some of the alarming boundaries of social media.