We are living in strange times, not only that COVID-19 restricts our freedom of movement and we have to submit to the rules of social distancing. No, we are also constantly putting up new barriers to our own behaviour.
While our parents or grandparents fought for the sexual revolution and as a result morality changed, naked female breasts were no longer taboo, and even in the advertisements for shower gels and shampoo the actors were actually naked, a few years ago we started to bow to the rules set by American companies.
In the hunt for likes, we carelessly throw the freedoms we have overboard and slowly move back to the time when even showing an ankle was highly indecent for a woman.
The bad thing is that we do it voluntarily, nobody forces us but ourselves.
We are threatened with temporary banishment from social media like Facebook and Instagram. In case of recurrence, even the complete blocking of the account. Appeals against this are usually pointless, as they are quite obviously processed and rejected by computer algorithms.
The corporations, whose bigoted morals we voluntarily accept, consider naked bodies, especially if they are female, more dangerous than pictures of dead people, executions and weapons. We like to talk about gender equality, but what do we do about the very obvious inequality caused by Facebook, Instagram and other social media? Obviously not too much, the step to turn our backs on these platforms is too big for most people, it could lead to personal restrictions that we don’t want to accept for ourselves. So it is easier to surrender to the rules and throw our personal freedom overboard.
In the meantime, these new moral concepts have also arrived on platforms for photography.
After I lost my account at 500px during a premature spring cleaning, this picture was now classified as pornography on another platform.
And again there are no clear rules. There is a switch to mark an image as adult-only, which I used because there are female breasts and a hint of pubic hair visible.
Somehow this all reminds me of a quote from an American judge back in 1964 “I know it when I see it”.
For me, personally, this picture has nothing to do with pornography; it is art with a connection to the current COVID-19 situation.
But who am I to decide such a thing.