Monthly Archives: October 2016

Blogger hits back after Instagram

Mallory King, a fitness blogger based in Florida, has documented her fitness journey by posting photos of herself in scant clothing on Instagram for several months. Her aim: to normalize real bodies, and inspire self-love and acceptance among her followers.

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That’s why she was surprised when Instagram recently removed a photo of her showing off her cellulite, she wrote in a post last week. The women’s advocacy group Sunday Morning View had regrammed the image, increasing its visibility and causing it to rack up more than 20,000 likes.

“This upsets me for two reasons,” King wrote in the post. “1) Why do thousands of posts go unremoved that show butts and boobs in WAY more vulgar ways than mine? Is it because my cellulite is offensive? Is it because I’m not trying to be sexy? Is it because I don’t have the body type that is continuously shared on here?

“2) Why are people so threatened by a woman unafraid of showing her body and speaking her mind?” she continued. “People used the excuse that their kid could see the photo. Don’t let your kid on social media! No, that’s not it. It’s either people feel threatened by my fierceness or people are so brainwashed by media that a perfect pair of tits or butt is fine to flash but a body that’s outside of the norm is offensive.”

Some have speculated the image was removed because King is shown giving the finger, but, as Cosmopolitan.com pointed out, thousands of #MiddleFinger posts appear on Instagram, so that likely wasn’t the reason for its removal.

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Instagram does prohibit “close-ups of fully-nude buttocks,” “content that contains credible threats or hate speech,” and “serious threats of harm to public and personal safety,” but King’s post also doesn’t appear to violate those rules, Cosmopolitan.com reported.

Whatever the reason, King isn’t letting Instagram stop her, she suggested on Instagram.

“Y’all can report my photos as much as you want, I’m gonna keep sharing them because the world needs more women unashamed of their bodies and unafraid to share their voice,” she wrote.

Extend subsidy on some egg

South Korea is extending a scheme to subsidize up to half the cost of importing eggs by sea for another two months until the end of April, as it grapples with a shortfall in local supply in the wake of its worst-ever bird flu outbreak.

The country has culled over 33 million farm birds since the first case of the latest outbreak of the virus was found in November last year, decimating domestic supply of eggs and pushing prices higher.

The country’s agriculture ministry originally planned to cover half the air and sea-borne shipment costs for imported eggs through the end of February.

But it said in a statement on Monday that it would extend that until the end of April for cargoes sent by sea, although not for eggs transported by air. It said that most eggs had been imported by boat following the Lunar New Year holiday in late January.

South Korea had by Feb. 23 spent 645 million won ($570,000) of the 900 million won earmarked for egg import subsidies, the ministry said in the statement.

Since egg imports started in January, Asia’s fourth-largest economy has brought in nearly 805 tonnes of fresh eggs and almost 837 tonnes of egg products, according to the ministry.

The average retail price for 30 local eggs stood at 7,490 won ($6.62) on Monday, dropping over 20 percent from 9,543 won on Jan. 12, which was the highest since the bird flu outbreak began.

Although the spread of the H5N8 virus is abating, three cases were reported at poultry farms last week, the ministry said.