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Mayan Toledano, Michael Bailey-Gates, and More Photographers Protest Social Media Restrictions By Flaunting the Nipple

Why does a woman need to cover her nipples on social media, and not a man? That’s the question being posed by over 50 photographers in “Terms & Conditions,” an online exhibition launched Tuesday on Format.com, a platform to represent freedom in the female form. The likes of Mayan Toledano, Michael Bailey-Gates, Nimrod Mendoza, Richie Shazam, and many more protested the community guidelines that force women to cover their nipples—and which then create an environment that sexualizes and objectifies female bodies in contrast to male bodies—by celebrating them. As Halle Hirota, one of the photographers in the show, says, “In order to normalize the female form, we need exposure to non-sexualized nudity.” Here, 15 of the many images of just that in the exhibition.

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Photograph by Richie Shazam, courtesy of Format.

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Photograph by Michael Bailey Gates, courtesy of Format.

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Photograph by David Uzochukwu, courtesy of Format.

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Photograph by Mayan Toledano, courtesy of Format.

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Photograph by Victor Cantey, courtesy of Format.

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Photograph by Mandy Lyn, courtesy of Format.

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Photograph by Halle Hirota, courtesy of Format.

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Photograph by Anastasia Akimova, courtesy of Format.

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Photograph by Emily Mulder, courtesy of Format.

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Photograph by Isaac Anthony, courtesy of Format.

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Photograph by Erica Sterling, courtesy of Format.

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Photograph by Alana Haynes, courtesy of Format.

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Photograph by Nimrod Mendoza, courtesy of Format.

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Photograph by Cameron Mackie, courtesy of Format.

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Photograph by Kayee Kiu, courtesy of Format.