Yogic breastfeeding mom Amy Woodruff, the woman whose inverted Instagram breastfeeding pose attracted lots of attention and unsolicited criticism from internet strangers (the most helpful kind of criticism), has been booted from Instagram, presumably for being just a pubic hair too naked for Instagram’s delicate sensibilities.
Instagram recently suspended the much-beloved Daughter of the Sun account — which featured photos of Woodruff and her photogenic family traipsing across the scenic wilds of Hawaii — much to the consternation of Woodruff’s followers, a group of 10,000 that swelled to 14,000 after her Woodruff gave an interview on August 6 about what it was like to live la vie boheme in Hawaii. Her tales of living in a teepee and selling handmade jewelry on Etsy apparently incensed some rage-monsters lurking around the internet, just waiting for something to challenge their narrow worldview.
The upside-down breastfeeding photo (taken by Woodruff’s partner in 2011 when the couple was living in a clothing-optional commune) seems to be exemplary of the reasons behind Woodruff’s Instagram suspension, though it’s not really clear exactly where she ran afoul of the user agreement. When the HuffPo prodded Instagram for answers about Daughter of the Sun’s suspension, Instagram responded in predictably bland corporate fashion:
Instagram has a clear set of community guidelines that make it clear what is and isn't allowed. While we cannot comment on individual accounts, we followed our usual protocol on this occasion and took action on content that broke our community guidelines. We encourage people who come across content that makes them uncomfortable to report it to us using the built-in reporting tools next to every photo or video on Instagram.
Woodruff insists that none of her photos violated the Instagram’s Rules of Modesty & Etiquette, and although the company has had issues with the way it’s handled breastfeeding photos in the past, the Daily Dot’s Gaby Dunn points out that a recent change of policy regarding breastfeeding photos makes it unclear why Woodruff’s account was ultimately suspended.
Never fear — Woodruff fans are currently building support at #savedaughterofthesun, which currently boasts over 1,000 photos, uploaded for solidarity.