Instagram removed a topless photo of Bex Taylor-Klaus, who identifies as non-binary, on their platform.
Last week, the actor posted the photo, along with a caption about gender and gender performance.
‘Why do I have to hide my areola from one day to the next? What about my genetic coding makes my areola less “appropriate” to be viewed than my brothers when examined in the same context? Well … let’s see, I guess,’ they wrote.
As Taylor-Klaus surmised, Instagram removed the post per their community guidelines.
In a new post, they shared the response from the social media platform and discussed how their body is being ‘policed’.
Instagram stated they removed the post on grounds of ‘nudity or pornography’.
Per their community guidelines, the company removes ‘some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed’.
While the rule seems straight-forward, it accounts only for people who exist along the gender binary. This puts non-binary, genderqueer, and some trans people in a grey area often resulting in discrimination and gender policing.
It’s not black and white
‘Regardless of the way I identify, @instagram has deemed me inappropriate,’ Taylor-Klaus wrote. ‘My biology may be female, but I am not. Still, my body is policed.’
They added they are currently undergoing strength training to transform their body ‘into more of what I want it to be’.
‘But being told over and over that the way I’m choosing to take control of my gender is invalid sucks donkey butt. I won’t stop fighting. You may have won this battle, but I will win the war.’
Taylor-Klaus ended the post by writing they love everyone ‘even when it hurts’.
GSN reached out to Instagram for comment.