Instagram recently made waves for banning a single, poignant word from its site: #curvy. The term isn’t searchable on Instagram anymore, which Instagram reps have explained by saying that posts tagged with #curvy were too often pornographic pictures that violated Insta’s community guidelines.
Oddly, much more explicit hashtags such as #clitoris, #dildo, and #bitch are still searchable.
So why ban #curvy?
Well, the upsetting truth about the #curvy ban is that it probably got ousted (while the more vulgar ones are sticking around), because images of curvy women got reported more frequently than ones of thin women. It's a move in a dangerous, and body-negative direction, and the public has responded with (reasonable) displeasure.
This isn’t the first time Instagram has seemingly demonized women who don’t fit into society’s pre-established standard of beauty. Last year, a plus-sized teenager had her bikini selfie removed from Instagram, despite the fact that there are literally millions of bikini pics all over the site. Instagram sent a clear message, then as well as now: pictures of women who dare to show skin while not being thin are obscene, and will be treated as such.
Some people are fighting back, though. Women, many of whom are plus sized, have taken to Instagram and are posting bikini pictures with the new hasthag #curvee. They’re showing the ‘gram that they will not be silenced, and I’m so into it.
Check out these amazing #curvee body positive pictures: