Breast cancer survivors are upset that their body portraits are banned

2:42 PM, Nov 23, 2011   |    comments
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(NBC) -- A group of breast cancer survivors say their self expression is not pornography.

The women posted what they considered to be artistic photos of their recovery in full bloom, but Facebook disagrees.

Now the women say they have new scars.

Two time breast cancer survivor Jamie Inman sees her body painting as artistic expression.

"I was wanting something that was beautiful, but I was also wanted to show the horror of breast cancer and particularly the process that I went through," she says.

She and 24 other women posed topless, but with their chests and scars covered with paint.

They are breast cancer survivors sharing their journey on a facebook page dedicated to education and awareness.

Facebook disagreed with their intentions, taking down some photos because they were "inappropriate".

"There are many pages and images all over Facebook that are more provocative, that are more naked looking," Inman says.

Facebook issued this statement:

"Images that were removed violated our statement of rights and responsibilities, which prohibits photos of nude people. This policy is designed to ensure facebook remains a safe, secure and trusted environment for all users."

"If that's not offensive and that does qualify to be on Facebook, I see no reason why something that to me that's much more modest and we are more covered, why that is not allowed to be on," Inman says.

Michael Colanero, The creator of the Florida based Body Painting Project, is demanding facebook review its policy.

"It seems unlikely to me that seeing these images that they would actually see them as breaking their terms of service and delete them," he says.

Inman says she hopes Facebook changes its mind and supports their cause.

"Not everyone has to like what we're doing but for Facebook to cavalierly, really, take this off, especially during Breast Cancer Awareness month, it was just sort of laughable that they would decide this was the time they would yank our project," she says.

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