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Joie de vivre… (NSFW)

“Joie de vivre” is a (probably) NSFW photography that was source of one of the first controversies relating to Facebook community guidelines/standards on art and nudity…

Jim Harris asked a question at the time : Whose community? Whose standards?

The Sexy Photo Facebook Doesn’t Want You to See
Yesterday I posted a sublime, cheeky photo on Facebook. The reaction from my friends was swift: everyone loved it! So you can imagine my surprise when I logged onto Facebook this morning and found the picture had been removed due to its violating community standards.

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This fun photo, described as “Joie de vivre”, shot in Le Louvre in Paris, in front of the famous Henri Regnault’s “Three Graces” painting was posted on Facebook by Jim Harris. The next day it had been removed due to violations of FB community standards, probably driven by complaints, although the reactions from people were overwhelmingly positive.

Joie de vivre

I decided to test the reactions on Google+, as probably there were potentially less kids than over @ FB, and asked:

If you feel this is worth sharing, as I do, please send to your circles.

At the time I tagged a few people for their valuable thoughts on this: Rodney Pike / Guy Kawasaki / Guy Birenbaum / Chris Brogan / Hugh MacLeod / JD Andrews / Ben Kunz / Denis Labelle / Nina Paley / Franke James / Trey Ratcliff

You can read many comments below, and the post stayed as is in my Timeline, till G+ closed…

Stats: 64 +1s, 78 shares, 36 comments

36 replies on “Joie de vivre… (NSFW)”

Feisal Kamil Many orgs can have their own agenda. But people on Social Networks, even if involved in such orgs, don’t push any agenda. Just their own feelings… What do you think?

I think it’s great. Certainly not done in a sexual nature and I personally have done much more shocking images which are all over the web. It’s a fun image. I wouldn’t mind my 13 year old daughter seeing it.

Feisal Kamil ..if this is the worst anyone’s 13yr old son with net access has seen I’d be shocked. And I wouldn’t mind either of my teenagers seeing it. Appreciation of humor and beauty don’t start at 18.

Clare Cosgrove Sometimes the line is so fine, that the “human regulators” behind the social networks prefer “easy blackout”… A complex matter, no easy solution.

Personally, I love it, but sadly, the picture is not in accordance with G+ SOP in regards to nudity and it will most probably be flagged as such and be replaced by one of those stupid exclamation mark in a triangle on a black background. Lame. This is the biggest flaw of G+ . On most of the rest of Google, one can set his/her filters to “Unrestricted” and make his/her own mind on the result. Having to endure imposed “appropriateness” on G+ is disgraceful. To paraphrase Asimov, Google don’t think that your stupidity should be valued equally to someone’s intelligence…

I see nothing wrong with this. Sure, it’s fun and a little bit cheeky (pun unintended), but harmless.

Actually, I find it disappointing as to how people automatically consider nudity portrayed in oil paint on canvas to be fine art, yet when it is created on a modern media such as a photograph, they get offended and label it as sexual.

what tires me is the persistence of finding the naked human body obscene / dangerous. there is so much more obscenity around: fast food, fast wealth, monstrous urbanization, pollution, consumption, unhealthy living & working environments etc. the image of a grossly overweight family swallowing mcnuggets on a couch in front of a reality show: is that not obscene? is that not a violation of so much that western culture holds dear?

The only thing that I find wrong with this photo is, why are there four women undressing? The re-enactment of scene needs only 3. Why the fourth? 🙂

P.S.: Brilliant, fun, photograph. It’s a shame to consider it obscene in the slightest.

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