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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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 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 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.
Comment by Phil_0 on August 2, 2010 at 7:47pm
Hmmm, Granjero...I think my girlfriend would be more upset if I mentioned her vagina on a public forum than if I watched an educational video with vaginas in it. To say nothing of using the phrase "vag vag"...
Comment by Phil_0 on August 2, 2010 at 7:59pm
Everybody's got their own priorities, I guess...still doesn't let you off the hook for "vag vag."
Comment by Adelita on August 2, 2010 at 8:05pm
As someone who performed in The Vagina Monologues - (I was the "Angry Vagina") - I understand the various reactions and opinions people have. If you are not familiar with the play, here's a link to familiarize yourself.

Can you imagine what it was like for me to be on a stage for the first time in my life and talk about my " Angry Vagina?" It was the most powerful and enlightening experience of my life. And what was especially enlightening was seeing the diversity of the audience - women, men, teenagers, old, young, etc. I loved that the men I know that were embarrassed to go to the show, were surprised at how funny, poignant and downright informative the show was. Knowledge is power and the more we talk about these "uncomfortable" issues the better.

l would much rather have a 16 year old boy happen upon the video posted by Self Serve and see a vagina in that sort of informative context, than a video that shows some college girl getting gang raped by a bunch of college boys.

To the women of Self Serve, keep doing the good work. I think you are fabulous and such an important part of this community!

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