I was scrolling through my twitter feed on Sunday (21st March 2021) when I came across this tweet:
Safe to say that when I saw this tweet, I was outraged. The first thing I thought was how could this be happening? It would be horrible to see this happening at any other time but the fact that it happened during endometriosis awareness month has hit me harder.
During March, those of us with endometriosis or suspected endometriosis use this month to raise awareness and share our stories. Now we have been silenced by Instagram as they continue to silence individuals who use the words endometriosis in their post captions.
From further research, anyone who posts about endometriosis have been blocked from posting their content. This includes the words endometriosis, endometriosis awareness month and hashtags such as #walkforendo, #endometriosisawanrenessmonth, #bakeforendo etc. Bascially, they have blocked any type of endometriosis content during the awanreness month.
There are no words to express how angry and upset I am by all of this! Instagram is supposed to be platforms where you can share your stories, raise awareness for endometriosis and find support from others who suffer. Well now endometriosis sufferers cant even do that.
What I want to know is why has Instagram silenced endometriosis for talking about their chronic illness and/or disability? Is this a case of discrimination?
Well, to answer the question about discrimination, I looked up the definition online. The definition is:
The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, age, sex or disability.Google (n.d.) Dictionary [Online] Available at: shorturl.at/hnsvB [Accessed: 21st March 2021]
I then looked up the definition of disablist:
Discriminating or prejudiced against people who are disabledLexico (n.d.) disablist [Online] Availabe at: https://www.lexico.com/definition/disablist [Accessed: 21st March 2021]
In my opinion, Instagram is discriminating against endometriosis women. They are treating those with the condition (disability) differently as they are not allowing us to post about endometriosis on their platforms. Therefore, they are being discriminatory and disablist.
I think the platforms need to respond to this crisis and allow endometriosis sufferers to be allowed to talk about the conditions on their platforms again!
What do you think? Do you think that Instagram is discriminating against those with endometriosis? Let me know in the comments below.