Facebook doesn’t want you to see the most famous painting of a vagina

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The Origin of the World banned on Facebook

It's a famous work of art that can be seen in Paris' Musee d'Orsay, but dare to post it on Facebook and your whole account will be suspended. That's what happened to one Frenchman when he made Gustave Courbet's The Origin of the World his profile picture. The 1866 oil painting, which depicts the lower half of a woman, including her prominently splayed nether-region, apparently goes against the social network's decency standards. Because God forbid nineteenth-century art offends millions of Farmville users.

The anonymous Frenchman is now suing Facebook, demanding they reinstate his profile and "compensate him in a substantial manner." (We think that means he wants Mark Zuckerberg to give him a lot of pussy paintings.) He might just have a case though. It turns out this same painting has caused similar issues for at least two other users, and such blatant censorship is pissing a lot of people off. As French writer, Luc Wouters, put it, "Facebook wants to impose a form of Sharia law on the Internet by prohibiting the naked female body from being shown in the splendor of its natural beauty." Yet meanwhile, porn stars the world over get to keep their fan pages without scrutiny.