Court tells Facebook France has jurisdiction in vagina row

A Paris court ruled Thursday that it has jurisdiction to judge a case against Facebook, which blocked the account of a French teacher who posted an image of a vagina by 19th century artist Gustave Courbet.

The court ruled that Facebook’s clause that forces all users to agree that any litigation must be based in California, where the site is based, was “abusive.”

Facebook is being sued by a French father-of-three whose account was suspended after he posted a photo of a painting by 19th century picture by Gustave Courbet, “The Origin of the World”, depicting a naked woman’s vagina.

  • SMC_BC

    I’m sitting in my den with a herd of children, I didn’t appreciate the crotch shot.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Neither did Facebook.

      • Xavier

        Maybe a NSFW warning?

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          NSFW maybe.
          I was thinking more of a “Canadian Library” ahead warning, or maybe just the Tim Horton’s logo.

    • Sorry but it is central to the story.

    • eMan14

      There’s been much worse on this site… not that I’m saying it’s bad.

    • Speaksvolumes

      …and Muslims are offended by pictures of Mohammed.

    • mike3

      where do you think the children came from?
      best they not understand these things. not having a vagina myself, and having seen a pregnant woman and being told babies come from mothers, I thought a baby must came out a woman’s butt.
      if a had a son who might see that pic, my biggest concern would be that, that might turn him gay. European grooming habits are bad enough today, butt to see the 1800s come to life is not my cup of tea.

  • winniec

    What? This is France isn’t it? This is an important work of art. Everybody grow up.

    • Justin St.Denis

      I’m not offended int the least. I just wonder why someone would post this in Facebook. Then again, I am not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media. I saw THAT disaster coming down the pike the moment I heard about it (partly due to my educational/professional specialty).

  • WalterBannon

    Power to the people. I like this judge. This story is not about vaginas. It is about the courts recognizing the unequal position power of the global corporation versus an individual client and the abusive demands vis a vis jurisdiction by the corporation.

    • Exile1981

      Actually if he doesn’t want to follow facebooks rules he can take his business somewhere else. The fact that the judge decided to rule that a contract was abusive is crap; it’s pretty standard to lay out in the terms of service which jurisdiction will hear all cases otherwise people shop around for a jurisdiction that will give them a special ruling.

      • Minicapt

        If there is an entity registered as “Facebook France”, it is unlikely that it would be permitted to claim California’s jurisdiction.


  • lolwut?

    Dollar shave club.

    Just sayin…

  • That’s not a vagina. At most there’s some well-forested labia majora there. And some clitoris.

    • mobuyus

      Never heard of a fur burger?

      • Barrington Minge

        Make mine with a side of thighs!!

    • Justin St.Denis

      Yes. I recall porn images from The Bush Era. This one is from the same tribe. The introduction of the really small two-piece bathing suit was an aesthetic/erotic godsend, frankly, Ditto the Speedo. I keep the front lawn trimmed as well.

    • mike3

      someone get out the weed whacker.

  • Micky C.

    Now this is an artist’s art that I could get into.

  • Maggat

    Brillo Pad?

  • sandy

    That is the fluffiest vagina ive ever seen.
    Mine is nothing like that.

    • eMan14

      I really don’t know how to respond to that.

    • FactsWillOut

      Prove it.

    • Barrington Minge

      Really, lets have look!!!

  • Barrington Minge

    No muff too tough..we dive at dawn.

  • Hard Little Machine

    What a woman used to look like before they whacked it all off with razors and wax.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Only the Japanese fetishize pubic hair anymore. Perhaps a vacation is in order?

  • Justin St.Denis


    Overall, I am rather glad that The Bush Era is over.

  • DD_Austin

    Is it’s being “19 century” a valid excuse to change it from porn to art? It was porn in “19 century” pre photo technology days, in fact the only porn available was writing, painting and drawings.

    And the painting as “art” as in ” “The Origin of the World” title is bullshit, it’s
    only half of that needed to produce anything but piss

    Typical “artist” using “shock” to sell his wares, and some artsy twerp calling porn
    art as an excuse to display it, and an excuse to shake down facebook via a
    french lawsuit, abetted by the French courts. The same courts who hide out
    preverts like Polanski

    Frankly facebook should just close France for a while and post some art of it’s
    on it’s downtime maintenance screen.

    • I’ve got some sketches I’ve done of live models without any clothes on or anything. I admit I’ve never thought of myself as a pornographer.

  • DVult

    Hair is a characteristic feature of mammals so it is definitely a mammal. Otherwise it is difficult to identify with any certainty without further research.

  • mike3

    I’m surprised a muslim hasn’t shot him.