Pinterest’s War Against Boobs, An Open Letter to Pinterest

Pinterest recently notified me that it removed one of my pins, entitled Evgeniya Rudaya, because it is considered too nude. The offensive hardcore pornographic picture in question:

evgeniya rudaya

Horribly offensive photo

This devil’s photo prompted Pinterest to send the following email:

Hi Jess Harris,

I’m sorry to say that we had to remove one of your pins from Pinterest. The reason is, it looks like the pin may have had nudity on it.

The pin was called “Evgeniya Rudaya” and it was on your board Keepin’ the marriage fresh. Could you please remove any other pins like this from your account?

Right now we don’t allow nudity on Pinterest, because a lot of people use our site at work and around their families. We’ve outlined all this in our acceptable use policy.

If we made a mistake and your pin didn’t have nudity on it, we’re really sorry. Please let us know so we can keep improving our process.

Thanks so much for using Pinterest.
The Pinterest Team

While I respect Pinterest’s guidelines, I respectfully disagree with this decision. So I wrote them back:

Dear Pinterest,

You recently emailed me to say you removed one of my pins because it contained nudity. I located that pin (attached) – which by the way is all over Pinterest in other pins – will those be removed as well?

I disagree that this pin constitutes nudity for two reasons:

1) The lovely model in the picture is wearing a negligee and, although it is see-through, there are strategically placed shadows covering any bits that might offend Pinterest’s gentle sensibilities. If you squint really hard, you can see the outline of a nipple, but to me nudity entails a private part hitting you directly in the eye. Well, maybe not in a literal sense – but if you see a nude, you know it right away without having to squint. Also, how is seeing a hint of a breast in this context somehow worse than the breastfeeding pictures on Pinterest? (Nothing against breastfeeding pictures, they’re lovely, I’m just saying I don’t get the difference)

2) As you noted in your email, the pin was removed from the board that I have entitled “Keepin’ the Marriage Fresh.” Why would I pin a nude picture to a board meant to keep my marriage fresh? Isn’t that pinning the blatantly obvious? I know that simply stripping nude will do the trick, I don’t need to pin a picture of a naked girl as a reminder that I should get naked every now and then to keep the husband happy. That would be like having a board entitled “Teeth,” and then pinning pictures of toothpaste, a toothbrush, and floss.

I think that Pinterest is meant for inspiration and I find it a shame that such a pretty and tasteful picture is considered too pornographic. Especially for a website that consistently allows the quote, “We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” to be attributed to Dr. Seuss, when anyone with HALF a brain knows that it was from the book True Love, by Robert Fulghum! Are nude women REALLY worse than the flagrant misquoting of authors?

Also, my husband grew up in England and he says that boobs are on TVs everywhere. Boobs are even in their newspapers. Bare boobs. I’d also like to point out that England has less gun violence than America. I think it is because America shows more violence in media than boobs, and perhaps if we balanced out the violence in media with more boobs, there wouldn’t be so much violence in the real world. This is where Pinterest has the opportunity to create more peace. With boobs. Be the change, Pinterest.

The offensive pin you removed is attached. I was in a bit of a conundrum as I didn’t want to send it to you as-is and risk offending you all over again, but I also needed it to be original so that you could see what I was describing in reason 1. In the end I compromised and only covered her right breast. If the left breast is still too overwhelming, I suggest closing your left eye and seeing if that helps.

Jess Harris
the Wiseass Wife

Only half as offensive

Only half as offensive


And if you’d like to pin this article, here is a “non-offensive” version of the picture to pin:




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