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Well, the age-old argument over breast feeding in public (Natural or Creepy?) has taken on a whole new spin thanks to Facebook.

According to TIME magazine, when the popular social networking site announced a new policy banning any photos it deems obscene, including, you guessed it, fully exposed breasts, it riled up thousands of breastfeeding moms across the country.

Their beef with the policy? Specifically, photos cannot show a woman's nipple or areola. Starting last summer, the site began getting rid of people's "obscene" photos, throwing out the girls gone wild shots, as well as photos of moms' breastfeeding.

Well, hell hath no fury like a woman with tender breasts scorned and some 11,000 protesters held a virtual nurse-in by uploading breastfeeding photos onto their Facebook profiles. According to the story, by Dec. 30, more than 85,000 members had joined a Facebook group called "Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!"

This new take on the breast feeding debate has stirred up several issues, including:

Why are people so freaked out by breastfeeding?

Why is a breast not "obscene" until you see the nipple? Essentially you can put two tiny stickers over your nipples and leave the rest out there in the open, and apparently it's perfectly acceptable. But take those stickers off...scandalous!

Who decides what is obscene in a photo over at Facebook?

Why aren't dude's nips considered offensive?

Oh Facebook, you have opened up a whole new can of worms with this one. Good luck.