3 days ago
I created @themisfitsofig to highlight the rampant fat phobic treatment women of size face on @instagram Many of us have been on Instagram since it was created and have been a vital part of the body positive movement since before Instagram was even created on other platforms. Many of you knew me long before Instagram as Molotowcocktease on Tumblr. We’ve used IG as a means to expand our reach in the community, showcase what body positivity looks like in action, shared our journeys to self acceptance & inspired thousands to do the same along the way. We use IG to network, book shoots and get sponsors and direct traffic to mediums we use to be compensated for our work - be that books we’ve written, movies we’re in, workshop we lead, shows we create, sites we sell our photos and videos on and Etsy shops where we sell various art. When we constantly have to operate under the scrutiny of the unfair treatment of Instagrams’ censorship we lose traffic to the avenues we use to make a living by being shadow banned, have posts removed unjustly all the way up to having our accounts deactivated temporarily or permanently. Every morning when I go on IG I’m scared I’ll find my IG deactivated and be essentially jobless. This is my 7th account - yes, 7 times I’ve had to start from 0 and I’ve had this account temporarily deactivated several times. People tell me it’s impressive that I have 400K followers but I think about where I’d be if I wouldn’t have had to rebuild SEVEN times & being shadow banned for the last 11months has caused my engagement to be stagnant which severely impacts how I make a living. Why is it that you can find endless skinny women in bikinis and lingerie all the way to implied nude and topless men that aren’t being censored but as soon as you’re fat and you’re unapologetic about showing your body your posts are removed? If you read the community guidelines you’ll find that we are not violating them. We’re a vital part of the Instagram community and we deserve to be treated equally. Please sign the petition in my bio to have your voice heard and to let IG know that we’re not going anywhere no matter how much they try to silence and erase us.