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Article: Celebrated Not Censored: Enough is Enough

Celebrated Not Censored: Enough is Enough

Celebrated Not Censored: Enough is Enough

An open letter to Facebook, Instagram and Tik Tok:

My name is Ruhee and I’m the founder of Rubies Bras based out of Toronto, Canada. I started my business in 2015 after being disappointed time and time again by the selection of bras available on the market. After years of uncomfortable commercial bras, I took it into my own hands to learn how to make my own bra and use this skill to give other women the chance to have bras that they need.

Our mission is to help women feel sexy and confident with bras that fit, flatter and support without compromise, no matter the size or situation. It’s also important to us that our products use premium materials that are ethically made, locally sourced and free from latex and animal products.

Like many other modern business, we put ourselves out there on social media for brand awareness and to find a community. But as a lingerie company, it’s not uncommon to see our content get taken down or restricted because they “violate” community guidelines.

 “For what?” you might ask?

Well according to Tiktok, it was “adult nudity and sexual activity” and for Instagram it was because of “overtly sexualize positioning”.

After having a “styling my bra” video get taken down on TikTok, we realized that the algorithm doesn’t just censor nipples. It censors bras too… or at least it censors the word braWe tried to appeal and failed, and then decided to delete it, re-upload it, but this time we took out any copy in the captions relating to breasts, boobs, bras and lingerie, with no change to the actual video itself. This video is still up on our page and we haven’t heard a peep from TikTok since.

For Instagram, it seems that close up shots of bras, women in bras, and women in bras with their nipples showing even just a little bit are getting censored.

Here are some examples:

 We are perplexed, insulted and saddened by the platforms that wants to hide bras, breasts and women’s nipples. There is no rational thought to this type of monitoring. Breasts are a normal part of a women’s body and should not only not be censored, but normalized and celebrated. Breasts are the reason we even exist on this earth through the nourishment they provide. One could argue that women’s breasts deserve more exposure and praise than men’s nipples, but the opposite seems to be true.
What’s more astonishing is that big brands are not getting the same treatment. Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok seem to have no issues with banning the same content from bigger brands, perhaps because of their ads spend we imagine, or even because of the potential backlash faced if their products weren’t approved. One can argue that these brands would fit the overtly sexual categories more-so than the small business brands like ours trying to empower women with body positivity messages and inclusiveness.
Women deserve better. And the message we are giving to them, especially young women, is that their breasts are something that should be hidden, chastised, and shamed if exposed. And that could be further from the truth.
Stand with us as we speak up, challenge the status quo and demand change.
Sign our petition and follow #celebratednotcensored.
- Ruhee Rajan, Founder, Rubies Bras


Ruhee… although i think your social position, products, style, exposure is great I am offering the oppositions side of this: not my own. When the human body is the subject and the internet is the platform that it is being offered there is one argument that people are so uncomfortable with: if bits of the body are being shown on social media …. then other parts of the body will be. In some instances it is not only a problem with having ones children exposed but it also leads to MORE exposure. It wanders, at some point, into pornography. It may seem harmless but it doesn’t turn out to be.
I is always a good idea to allow people to opt out of seeing it themselves and also to postpone their children from observing other peoples bodies until they are actually ready.
I hope this helps heal the divide… although I think not. Just optimism.


Thank you for taking this stand. Censorship of women’s bodies, except for the titillation directed at men, has bothered me since I was old enough to be conscious of it. This shouldn’t still be a fact of life in this day and age. We need to fight back against this form of discrimination.

Sandra Jager

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