Last week, in a misguided attempt to restrict the proliferation of nude photographs, Instagram blocked the term #curvy from user searches.
Almost immediately, the popular photo-sharing app was hit with a wave of backlash, much of it from women involved in the burgeoning body-positive feminist movement.
This backlash is largely in response to not the ban itself, but rather, to Instagram's tradition of censoring women's bodies: The app has become somewhat notorious for it.
In the days after the ban was made public, alternate hashtags such as #BringCurvyBack and #Curvee began to emerge on the app, in protest of Instagram's culture of censorship.
User Poppybirrd notes,
So Instagram deleted #curvy because of pornographic content but the hashtag tittyf*ck is still very much alive and active...#greatmoveinstagram #bringbackcurvy.
F*ck you Instagram for banning #curvy #bbw and #thickgirls. We're still gonna post our big beautiful fat bodies and we will celebrate them whether you like it or not. #BringBackCurvy.
And these two loud and proud ladies aren't the only ones speaking up.
In fact, Instagram is more or less flooded with posts from women who refuse to be silenced by those in charge.
Just take a look at the powerful posts below.