It's official- Self Serve has been banned from Facebook.

Self Serve has been censored. Sound familiar? Darn, we're sick of this. This is not a battle we meant to choose, but those vulva images are apparently just not okay with Facebook.

We posted an important PSA about the unfortunate surge in female genital cosmetic surgery. You can check out the video and more passionate opinions on our budding blog.

Without warning, Facebook disabled the fan page for Self Serve and all associated admin accounts. When powerful, vast powers (think, China) make censorship the rule, truth and knowledge are the victims.

Down with censorship!
Up with labia pride!

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Tags: body, cosmetic, image, labiaplasty, medicalized, self, serve, sex, surgery

Comment by Enrique on July 30, 2010 at 9:55am
That's terrible! Everyone deserves the opportunity for honest and caring information about sex, sexuality, and their own bodies!!!
Comment by Muskrat Sam Donaldson on July 30, 2010 at 5:44pm
I agree. Would the posting of this video (not just the link) pass muster here on the Fix?
Comment by Granjero on July 31, 2010 at 11:37pm
I didn't watch the video, but just from the image that appears at first.... c'mon... really? You're surprised you were banned?
Comment by Ben Moffett on August 1, 2010 at 6:49am
As I understand it, the first amendment forbids government from abridging freedom of speech, which means one can stand on a soap box and rant on public land but it doesn't mean one is guaranteed a platform on Facebook or Duke City Fix. Rules of the house apply to those institutions. Facebook attracts nine year olds as well as adults and it survives by keeping both groups happy. Duke City Fix's target audience is mostly adults so it benefits by having a thoughtful albeit semi-racy piece featured. I'm not surprising by the decisions of either. Censorship issues relate to the right to speak on public airways,university podiums,public land and buildings and on the Internet but people have to build their own platforms.
Comment by Self Serve on August 1, 2010 at 11:02am
We understand the image in the video was outside the facebook terms. We have since apologized and offered to remove the link. There was no warning before all admin pages were disabled (8 people, when only one posted the video). Specifically, facebook is choosing to honor terms and disable pages in an unfair manner. Also, it's troubling when violent, hateful speech on other facebook pages remain active for months and sexual health pages are disabled. Thanks for the dialogue!
Comment by Not A PC Kinda Guy on August 1, 2010 at 11:33am
Given the climate on FACEBOOK I would expect these will be deleted because they do not reflect the "community standards". It is unfortunate that a site which does attract younger people does not support factual information that might prevent a young person from making a mistake that has irreversible consequences. I agree that "hate" speech should be regulated with equality if the site elects to enforce some "moral standard". If a site has a moral code, it should be explained upfront.

Obviously FACEBOOK is not a place for education or discussion.
Unfortunately "sex" education has yet to break a barrier set by "morals" rather that public health.

Males also have something at stake when it comes to body parts.

I would think these and others ( do a Google "circumcision" ) will soon be axed by FACEBOOK.

National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Center

Female circumcision

WHOA! Protect Girls From Genital Mutilation

Male Circumcision and HIV, A Public Health Policy Weblog
Comment by Barelas Babe on August 1, 2010 at 12:17pm
@Ben -your point is well taken. I did think that the Jezebel post raises some issues worth exploring regarding some inconsistencies about how Facebook policies are enforced.

I do want to point out that 9 year olds are not permitted to have profiles on Facebook according to their policies. (I know many smart 9 years old could set up a profile and participate, but this would also be banned upon discovery by Facebook, and one hopes, when their parents find out!)

Facebook terms of service states that "you will not use Facebook if you are under 13". Ditto for Ning, the platform DCF uses. My best guess is this is due to the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which defines a child as an individual under 13.
Comment by Kevin Paul on August 1, 2010 at 2:23pm
I guess your prize-winning business plan includes a media agitation component :-)
Comment by Granjero on August 1, 2010 at 3:38pm
BB: I don't know. Education is one thing, explicit photos of female genitals is another. If someone had posted and "educational" video of a penis... do you think there would be a difference in whether that account was banned?
Comment by once banned twice shy on August 2, 2010 at 11:25am
Education is one thing, explicit photos of female genitals is another

You know? How in the hell are you going to be able to educate anyone about the parts on our bodies WITHOUT showing pictures? Educational videos of penii? Bring it. We need to drop this puritanical aversion to seeing genitalia--not every picture of a penis, vagina, breast, vulva, etc. is pornographic. Would you call a gynecological or urological text porn? No. The video posted by Self-Serve likewise is not porn.

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