With one tattoo, Alison Habbal has defeated both cancer and sexist social media. The 36-year-old mother was inspired by the survivor scars she found on Instagram, and covered the scar that she was left after her lumpectomy rather than opt for nipple reconstruction surgery. She's already received 1,400 well-deserved likes on Instagram after the 13-hour tattooing process. She was able to share the photo on Instagram because the photos successfully bypasses the rules that include the banning of genitals, fully exposed buttocks, and female nipples.
As a reminder, Facebook (and Instagram) rules state, "We restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-surgery scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures."
Habbal, who based on her other Instagram posts is an advocate for #FreeTheNipple, told Cosmopolitan, "Because there's no nipple, I can blast it everywhere all over Facebook and Instagram, and they can't censor it, which I think is really funny."
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Courtney Bissonette is a New York based writer and improv comedienne. She writes primarily about movies, pop cultures and feminist heroes. She gets along best with old people. She has seen more old movies than your grandma, probably. Salt from Salt n Pepa once took her Trick'r Treating. You can follow her on instagram at @gddamnitcourtney or twitter @courttette