Covering Up: It’s a Feminist Issue


This used to be a video about how women should be the ones to choose how they dress and how much they cover while nursing in public. If you would like to see the video, please visit PhD in Parenting.

It has come to my attention that some of the images used in this video were used without the permission of the women in the images or of the photographers who took the images. PhD in Parenting obtained permission from a person claiming to be the source of the photos, but this person turned out not to have permission to distribute these photos. I’ve removed the video as a show of respect to the women whose likeness was used without their permission.

As a person whose likeness (or whose children’s likenesses) could show up online without my permission and as a blogger who wants to be sure not to impinge upon anyone’s right to privacy, I would really like to know more about the legal rights one has to one’s likeness. If anyone can offer resources for learning about this issue, I would be grateful.

6 Replies to “Covering Up: It’s a Feminist Issue”

  1. Good photographers will:

    (a) Seek the permission of the people they photograph to use those photos in any way that they plan to use them.

    (b) Will make it very clear what rights the subject of the photo has to those photos (i.e. who owns them — the photographer or the subject of the photo, how can they be shared, etc.).

    This goes both for professional and hobby photographers. Unfortunately, not everyone does their due diligence and that really sucks, both for the people whose likeness or work is used without permission, as well as for the people who chose to use images that they thought were public domain but that should not have been.

    On the other hand, there are also people who do give away full rights to their photos and then still get upset over their use. For example, there are photos of two kids used in the Atheist Bus Campaign’s “Don’t Label Me” ads and apparently those kids are from a Christian family and their parents didn’t like it, but they sold those pictures to a photo stock company, so they really don’t have a leg to stand on.


    1. Thank you, Annie.

      This whole thing kind of threw me for a loop and has caused me to see the issue of using images on my blog in a different light. I’m going back through my posts and making sure I’m comfortable that I’ve used all of the images there properly. I really hope I don’t find pics of my kids somewhere I don’t expect them.


  2. she knows and she’s not happy 😦 and neither are the two photographers who got their work taken without permission. . . . but i guess a nice video if those weren’t two things troubling me at the moment


    1. Yeah, really. But perhaps having breastfeeding photos of you posted without your permission is also a feminist issue. (In Annie at PhD in Parenting’s defense, she did her due diligence. Unfortunately, those who gave their permission to use the images didn’t have the right to give that permission.)


    1. Sorry, Z. I took off the link love when I removed the video. I’ll link to you again soon, I’m sure!


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