Why did Instagram just ban the tag #goddess?

“When you hear the word “goddess,” do you think of porn? Likely not.

The term is more typically associated with Hindu religious figures, Greek and Roman mythology, and modern-day paganism. Goddess worship can involve anyone from Aphrodite and Lakshmi to Diana and the Virgin Mary. It’s a favorite of Wiccans, Hindus, yogis, Santeros, Vodun practitioners, and spiritual feminists—as well as old-school, tree-hugging pagans.

So when the #Goddess tag abruptly disappeared from Instagram on Monday, a lot of users took notice—and action.

Using the tags #BringBackGoddess and #BringBackTheGoddess, women are protesting the removal of the tag, which they say happened because the network deemed too many people were posting nude photos.

This is hardly Instagram’s first censorship controversy. In addition to last week’s #curvy debacle, the banned a photo of a fully clothed woman whose menstrual blood shows through her sweatpants, various artistic nudes posted by supermodel Chrissy Teigen, an entire account full of famous lesbian fashion photographer Cass Bird’s family pics, and a fully covered bikini photo in which one women’s full bush slightly peeks out over the edge of her bottoms. Of course, any picture that dares show a “female nipple” as opposed to a “male” nipple has been banned, a policy that has spurred ongoing #FreeTheNipple campaign.

Update 1:46pm, July 28: An Instagram spokesperson provided the following statement to the Daily Dot:

I can confirm that we did recently block the #goddess hashtag. Here’s some additional info: We only block hashtags when they are consistently being used to share images and videos that violate our Community Guidelines.

In this case, #goddess was consistently being used to share content that violates our guidelines around nudity. We’ve taken similar action on dozens of hashtags because they were being used to share inappropriate content.We’re working on a way to more quickly restore certain hashtags that have previously been blocked.

We’re also working on ways to better communicate our policies around hashtags.“

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signs as egyptian gods/goddesses

Aries: Thoth (God of wisdom)

Taurus: Isis (Goddess of magic, fertility, motherhood, death, healing, and rebirth)

Gemini: Sobek (male Crocodile God)

Cancer: Bastet (Goddess of cats, the home, fire, sunrise, music, dance, pleasure, family, and fertility)

Leo: Anhur (God of War)

Virgo: Ra (the Sun God & creator of all gods)

Libra: Geb (God of earth)

Scorpio: Seshat (female deity of wisdom, knowledge, and writing)

Sagittarius: Amunet (Goddess of the air and invisibility)

Capricorn: Nut (Goddess of the day sky & soon became personification of the whole sky & the heavens)

Aquarius: Horus (Sky God & also known as War God, Hunter’s God God of Kingship, etc.)

Pisces: Naunet (Goddess & guardian of the abyss into the underworld)

Goddess of the Day: August 3

Gaia - Earth Goddess of Greece.  Gaia is the primordial mother of the gods and all creation sprang from Her union with the sky.  She is the embodiment of the earth and land, carrying the sea and mountains upon Her breast. She is represented by all things green and lush, and is often depicted as a full figured woman rising from fertile soil.

(text from Brandi Auset, The Goddess Guide)

Lactea, Goddess of the Milky Way Galaxy. She particularly has an interest in astrology and uses it to control and manipulate the humans on Earth. When she is in a bad mood, retrogrades in the planets begin to happen, and once she is upset she can be upset for months. 

Victory is what she means to me:
A success against suffering,
Leaving anguish in abandonment.
Eating from the table of the Gods,
Reading from the book of life;
In her, my first joy of
Existence has been realized.

Breathing in her essence,
I taste her sweetest love,
Like honey dropped upon my tongue,
Left by the lips of a goddess:
A sample of paradises unknown,
Revealing fields of ecstatic showers,
Dreams of all things wonderful.
—  Matthew J. Hutchinson, extract from “In Her Name” poem