Petra Collins on Censorship and the Female Body

Photo by Petra Collins

From the essay "Censorship and the Female Body" which originally appeared on Oyster and The Huffington Post in reaction to Instagram deleting her account.

"I know having a social media profile removed is a 21st century privileged problem – but it is the way a lot of us live. These profiles mimic our physical selves and a lot of the time are even more important. They are ways to connect with an audience, to start discussion, and to create change. Through this removal I really felt how strong of a distrust and hate we have towards female bodies. The deletion of my account felt like a physical act, like the public coming at me with a razor, sticking their finger down my throat, forcing me to cover up, forcing me to succumb to societies image of beauty."

Read the full essay here.