The confusing reason why this painting was banned from Facebook

And today in “reasons we’re confused by Facebook,” a painting of a woman eating ice cream has been banned from Facebook. . . for “containing excessive amounts of skin or suggestive content.”

The Philadelphia Museum of Art recently posted a painting on Facebook, but it was removed. Why? Because apparently eating ice cream is too suggestive, because everything can be sexualized nowadays. The painting was done back in 1964 by Belgian artist Evelyne Axell, one of the first female Pop artists, the museum wrote on Facebook.

“Her work can be understood as a critique of mainstream Pop Art, in which women were often depicted as passive, decorative objects,” the museum continued. “In contrast, Axell sought to depict active, confident women who pursue satisfaction on their own terms—such as the protagonist of ‘Ice Cream,’ who unabashedly enjoys her dessert.”

Various people have commented on the post, expressing the problematic nature of Facebook’s decision to take down the image.

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