Jeanna Hoch makes statement about sexism and more via breastfeeding pics on Facebook

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A closeup from Jeanna Hoch's Facebook profile photo. Additional Hoch breastfeeding pics below.
Denver's Jeanna Hoch wasn't naive when she decided to share a photo of her breastfeeding her baby as her Facebook profile pic. She did so explicitly to make a statement about a society that tends to look at this body part only from an erotic viewpoint as opposed to seeing it as a multifaceted symbol of nurturing, family and love.

Facebook subsequently suspended her account, only to reinstate it a short time later -- but not before Hoch fired up a lively debate on the topic. Photos and more below.

Here's a look at a photo posted by Hoch on Tuesday....

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...as well as an image shared with 9News that the station strategically blurred for broadcast:

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Hoch was prepared for a reaction to such shots. Yesterday, she posted the following: "Save yourself the time. You do not need to explain yourself before hitting that unfriend button. There is no need for a PM, a comment, or a hairflip. Buh-bye now!"

A short time later, she provided an update on the reaction: "Since yesterday, I have lost seven FB friends (that I know of). I feel so much lighter now that immature adults that can't handle a woman breastfeeding her baby with a bare breast exposed have removed themselves or been removed from my page. The reporting has stopped, and FB has not removed my pics. 'Nanny nanny boo boo. Stick your head in doo doo!'"

The celebrating stopped shortly thereafter, when Facebook took down her page, apparently because someone flagged one of the photos as "inappropriate." Hoch reacted by reaching out to 9News. The station then contacted Facebook about the decision, which contradicted the social media giant's own policy. A Facebook "help" section passage quoted by the station answers the question of whether breastfeeding photos are allowed like so:

Yes. We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we're glad to know that it's important for mothers to share their experiences with others on Facebook. The vast majority of these photos are compliant with our policies. Please note that the photos we review are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other Facebook members who complain about them being shared on Facebook.
After a second inquiry from the station, Hoch's page was put back online, with a Facebook rep explaining to the station that an employee had acted "by mistake."

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Hoch posted this photo around the time 9News broadcast her story.
In the meantime, the photo controversy, fueled by 9News' coverage, spawned reactions aplenty from Hoch's Facebook friends and station viewers.

Many of the comments were positive. Examples on Hoch's page include:

This is so inspiring. Mad respect to you beautiful mama. Hell. Yes.

Good job Jeanna! You did amazing!

AWESOME!

Of course, lots of folks who felt the photos were inappropriate made their thoughts plain as well. Hoch fought back with messages like this one:
So people are screenshotting my posts and claiming I did this all for personal attention. Screenshot this: Let me be clear. Anyone that thinks I did this for personal attention is an idiot. Plain and simple. This was a very difficult thing to put my family and myself through. I did this for women. All women because my body is not a sex object.
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This meme is Hoch's current Facebook profile pic.
In another item, she wrote:
Yes, I am forcing people to look because society forces women to hide. I want people to examine why the female breast is considered vulgar when not on display for a man's pleasure. Facebook is the perfect forum for this because they (as a company) censor the female body when women choose to show it off in art, protest, mastectomy recovery photos, breastfeeding photos, etc. However, they allow photographs where women are portrayed in sexual ways...ass out, titties out, bent over... I have seen REAL porn on fb and reported it, and it was not removed. This is a problem. I am a real woman, a feminist, and an activist. I hope I have made you think about why you are so uncomfortable with a breastfeeding woman showing her breast.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive circa June 2010: "Breastfeeding mea culpa from Colorado Rockies."

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85 comments
fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

She kind of resembles Octomom.  Both of them screaming for attention.

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

Really? In 2014 we're still arguing about this? MC Sammer: what's wrong with a dude adjusting himself in a restaurant? I do it all the time. It's hot back there at the grill. ;)

MC Sammer
MC Sammer

And the overbearing feminists are on the war path again.

Karye Ann
Karye Ann

Why can't a woman walk around without a shirt, "like a man"? Screw that archaic thought and the people who think them. If I can go to war, fight, birth a child, feed a child from my body, make a living, support a family and love my husband - I should be allowed out in public without my shirt - "like a man". Do I? No, because that's my preference. But when men stop this teenage sexualization of my breasts and those of my sisters and quit being afraid of them, then we'll be happy and equal. Your comment sir, is absurd.

Karye Ann
Karye Ann

I commend you on the excellent and repeated use of the word fuck in many of it's wonderful variations. It is one of my favorites too. ;)

Clyde Dreiling
Clyde Dreiling

I seen the original pic on fb.....its beyond a innocent mother feeding her child.

MC Sammer
MC Sammer

It has nothing to do with being sexy. It's rude and disrespectful in a public place more to the. Point. Where people are eating. Nobody wants to see. That Shit. Just like nobody wants to See a man adjusting himself at a restaurant.

Jenevieve Beaulieu
Jenevieve Beaulieu

Oh my gosh, just feed your babies and drop it already... I'm sick of hearing about it. Neither side will ever win.. is she naked, is she just breastfeeding?? Who cares! I've never once seen a lady out in public breastfeeding all sexy and naked so who bloody cares.. sorry end of rant!

Tiffany_Laughton
Tiffany_Laughton

Beautiful photo and she is a badass woman and mama for not caring what other people think..for standing up for women as a whole. A nipple is a nipple, women just have extra ft underneath ours. If men can go topless, women should be able to go topless! Our so inert had oversexualized breasts and they weren't meant to be sexual! They are meant to nourish babies, not for men to ogle and obsess over. If you can't handle looking at a bare breast in a photo where a baby is eating without getting sexually aroused then there's something wrong with you. This is a breastfeeding mother in her most natural state. Many breastfeeding moms find it easier to go topless at home because babies nurse a lot! If you don't, that's your perogotive. If you would never take a photo like this or go in public this way, that's your perogotive. But you have no right to shame her for the fact that she is comfortable with her body and doesn't feel like it needs to be hidden from the world. I comend her for her bravery, and for standing her ground. We need more women like her to stand up for our rights. We need to fight this now so that our children won't have to. I don't want my daughter to feel shamed for nursing in public or for taking pictures of it. If more women took this stand then maybe we can slowly move toward desexualizing breasts. My hands and mouth can be used in a sexual way, but I don't have to hide those in public. It's not like her vagina is out for us to see. You cannot compare this to urinating. Urinating is unsanitary and involves sex organs. Breasts are not sex organs.

Rodger Sherman
Rodger Sherman

I think this stupid bitch mother just wants the attention of a martyr

Dana Trujillo
Dana Trujillo

Honestly?! That's what they are there for! To feed our babies!!! What's the big shocker? So annoying.

Adrian Gutierrez
Adrian Gutierrez

Its pretty much child porn. Some old dude is probably jacking off to your infant sucking on your titty. Cuuuuute!

Elizabeth Vincens
Elizabeth Vincens

Why throw it in someone's face? I've seen breastfeeding women that don't need to make it a spectacular showing. Everyone should be respectful. Including breastfeeding mothers.

Stephen Felt
Stephen Felt

No, it should not be allowed or we should allow women to walk around without shirts like men.

Latisha Lala Acklin
Latisha Lala Acklin

I didn't realize you had to completely undress to feed your child. And the one where she's just all out there is absolutely disgusting!

Bill Falk
Bill Falk

I think that if Facebook is allowing there to be pictures of naked men and women on Facebook to have a baby breast-feeding, which is a natural act is

LeahA
LeahA

So, if breastfeeding women are allowed to post photos of and whip out their bare breasts in public, can I, a non-breastfeeding woman, do the same? I mean, they're just breasts that society has sexualized when their true purpose is to feed our young. And if lactating females can put theirs out there for all to see, why can't I? That's discrimination against the non-lactating. I'm suing.

Michael Andrew Brown
Michael Andrew Brown

Yes it's a natural act but so is taking a piss, or shit. But nobody wants to to see anyone doing that in public. Why? Because it's something that is done with a body part that is supposed to be kept covered in polite society. There is no difference between deficating in public and brestfeeding. Do it in private

Kara Fox
Kara Fox

It's fine but why would you put that on the Internet? Seems like looking for attention. Should be an intimate family moment.

ReaAnn Fletcher
ReaAnn Fletcher

Bradford, obviously I have no issue with the NATURAL method of feeding a baby. What I have an issue with is rude, obnoxious, inconsiderate ACTIVISTS using their babies as tools for their activism.

Britni Sumpter
Britni Sumpter

As a breastfeeding mom, I have a lot of respect for women who don't give a Fuck about what people want to see, and feed their babies in public anyway.. but on Facebook? I just think it is tactless. I have breastfeeding pics.... Only I'm not COMPLETELY NUDE. this is like taking a pic of a baby half way out a vag and saying it's totally appropriate because it's not pornographic, I'm birthing my baby. For fucks sake, stop being an attention whore.

Rob Payne
Rob Payne

I vote Tyler eats under a blanket from now on.

Rob Payne
Rob Payne

Tyler Hyun you sir a fucking moron. Stay locked in your closet if you think a child eating is weird. Don't breed either.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

right, because that profile pic of yours surely isn't crying for attention

Tiffany_Laughton
Tiffany_Laughton

Fat** society** guess I should spell check before posting lol

tniederhofervaughn
tniederhofervaughn

@DonkeyHotay Children are hungry and someone has to feed them! Mommies are the bomb!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you're just jealous because she's way more attractive than you.


muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@LeahA Let me invite you to go topless whenever you want.

Tiffany_Laughton
Tiffany_Laughton

I don't see where it's implied that other women shouldn't be able to. She is fighting for rights of all women, not solely breastfeeding. Nipples are nipples. If men can go topless, women should have the same right. Nobody should shame another for being comfortable with their body. Breasts aren't sex organs so it should be no problem.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@LeahA ... yes, in Colorado you CAN legally go topless in most places.


Why are you so ashamed of your ugly breasts?



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... do you EAT shit and drink URINE ??


LeahA
LeahA

I agree but am fine with public breast feeding. I just think covering up is only courteous and should be required, as it is for women who aren't breast feeding.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues


Like I said! 

... and ouch, that looks like it would hurt. I guess she missed the memo 'cheaper by the  dozen'.  Fell four short.

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  My guess is that a women going topless in public is as legal as open carrying a firearm...women would be within their rights going topless in most of the U.S. but they will still face a lot of backlash from those who don't agree with the laws.

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@Tiffany_Laughton    A sex organ is any organ involved in sexual reproduction and because "organs of the female reproductive system include the vagina, uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes," breasts are sex organs.  Mammals, with the exception of those cared by modern humans, need breasts and mammary glands to sustain reproduction otherwise mammals would go extinct.


http://www.ck12.org/book/CK-12-Biology/r12/section/25.2/

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce

So her boyfriend recently said "Hey baby, I'd like a little pussy"

She replied "Me too, mine's as big as a house!"

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@GuestWho @DonkeyHotay Ammosexuals....I saw this on a political page:  Karma? At Least 5 Ammosexuals Have Shot off Their Junk Since 2010
Posted by: Salvatore Aversa in Crime, Most Popular on AATTP, The Gun Control Debate, Weird News June 16, 2014

Despite what you see in movies, placing a loaded weapon in the front of your pants and aiming at your twig and berries is not a good idea. Accidental discharges of a different nature are too high of a risk. Yet, people hoping to imitate their favorite actors continue to place their weapons in their waistline. Since 2010, at least five of these ammosexuals have ensured their gene pool ends at them.
1. September 2012: Michael Smeriglio, while cleaning his pistol. The 18-year old Floridian shot a bullet through his penis and left testicle while he was attempting to clean a gun he bought at a party the month prior.
Karma? At Least Five Ammosexuals Have Shot Off Their Junk Since 2010. Despite what you see in movies, placing a loaded weapon in the front of your pants and aiming at your twig and berries is not a good idea.
Michael Smeriglio.

2. July 2012: Tavares Colbert, while testing out a firearm. Colbert, 36, was charged with illegal firearms possession after he admitted to the cops that he had intentions to sell the gun to another man outside a 7-Eleven in Oklahoma. On the way to make the sale, Colbert tested the gun in the car and shot himself in the nads.
Karma? At Least 5 Ammosexuals Have Shot off Their Junk Since 2010. 2. Tavares Colbert.
Tavares Colbert

3. August 2011: Joshua Seto, walking into store with girlfriend. 27-year old Seto was walking into a store with his girlfriend in Chandler, Arizona, when a pink pistol went off in his pants. Putz.
Karma? At Least 5 Ammosexuals Have Shot off Their Junk Since 2010. Joshua Seto.
Joshua Seto

4. May 2010: Unidentified man, shopping at Lowe's. A lone shopper blew away his testicles on a Sunday afternoon while walking the aisles at Lowe's Home Improvement in Washington state. The gun was kept not-so-safely in his waistband.
5. March 2010: Unidentified teenager, walking into medical center. A 17-year old in Vallejo, California, was spotted holding his wounded crotch while walking into the emergency room. At the time of the report, the kid didn't tell anyone what happened.
Prior to the guns discharging, these men all had one thing in common--the NRA considered them "good guys with guns." Owning a gun in America is far too easy. At the very least, gun owners should be required to undergo training sessions to learn the do's and don'ts of handling a gun. One would think pointing a loaded gun at their manhood would spark some inner-instinct that says, "This will not end well." Unfortunately for these men, that did not happen.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@GuestWho ... with one gargantuan difference ...


I'd much rather look at a bunch of MILFs topless in public than some drooling camo-wearing teatards fondling their precious pistols.


hth.

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