Facebook Removes Photo of Breast Cancer Survivor’s Tattoo, Users Fight Back

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You may recognize this photo from the online controversy it caused. The photo of Inga Duncan Thornell, a breast cancer survivor who underwent a mastectomy. It was borrowed from the book Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo and posted on the “Respect the Breast” Community Facebook page only to be removed by Facebook due to their nudity policy.

As a result of the violation, the “Respect the Breast” Community Page kept re-posting the image with the following caption:

“Facebook keeps removing the post in 24hour as an offensive photo due to nudity. However we feel this woman is both brave and strong so were going to post it anyways and ask for your awareness and support; Please like and share this photo quickly to show your support for this and many other women who have lost so much.”

Within hours the image had already been shared over 140,000 times.

Sadly both the photo and the Facebook community that shared couldn’t be found on Facebook.

We support Inga and think her artwork is beautiful, and her story is one that needs to be shared with the masses so here you go.

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Get a copy of Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo at Powerhousebooks

Read more about the controversy here: HufingtonPost

Facebook Removes Photo of Breast Cancer Survivor’s Tattoo, Users Fight Back