5 Banned Hashtags & How Instagram Celebrates Having Them Back

Instagram's criteria for which hashtags it bans will never not leave us scratching our heads. Why was #bush ever banned in the first place? We can see where Insta was going with this one, but a quick search will show that most photos with this tag are of literal plant life. Luckily, Instagram has learned to listen. Following the outcry against the banning of such hashtags as #goddess and #curvy, the social media giant has unbanned these terms and made them searchable once more.

Of course, we know by now that these tags were banned due to the "irrelevant pornography" that made its way in among more relevant and body-positive content. While we understand that not everyone enjoys seeing excessive nudity as they scroll through their feed, irrelevant pornography is a sort of necessary element of the Internet. And given how many more posts with these hashtags feature women showing love for themselves and other women or just having fun (#vagina sculptures, anyone?), we're really okay with seeing the occasional butt.

So we've put together some of our favorite posts from Instagram bearing these once-banned hashtags. What we love about them — shamelessly self-promotional or not, flat-out porn or not — is that photos carrying these tags (among others) increase the visibility of women and their bodies online, the way they want to show them off.

Much has been said about Instagram profiles being incredibly curated, selective versions of the user's true self. If female users wish to portray themselves as #curvy or #goddesses, they should have that option. If they wish to model their #bras (perhaps of their own design) or announce their decision to be #braless, they should have that option, as well.

Click through to see how women are celebrating these once-again-searchable hashtags, from the SFW (Cats! Mirror selfies!) to the slightly NSFW. Hashtags, we're so glad you're back.
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Photo: Via @glitterandlazers
Morning thoughts. I am like a dollar bill. You can spit on me, crumple me up, throw me in the garbage, rub me in the dirt, give me away, break my edges , but regardless of what you do to me, I am still worth the same. My value and meaning doesn't come from your actions and words toward me. I was born with value, I will live with value. You can't take that away from me. Your words and drama just makes my story more interesting, not any less valuable. " — @glitterandlazers
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Photo: Via @scarlettmrose.
"To all the Girls who think they are Fat because they are Not a Size 0.
You are the Beautiful One." — @scarlettmrose
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Photo: Via @yourtruelymelly.
"#plussizeswimwear #curvy #effyourbeautystandards #plussize #honormycurves #pizzasisters4lyfe #fatkini" — @yourtruelymelly
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Photo: Via @siany1989.
"My #wcw is this absolute babe." — @siany1989
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Photo: Via @tattooedpinupgal1.
"Side by side character/cosplay." — @tattooedpinupgal1
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Photo: Via @sarahhayesb.
"once upon a time i gave a fuck." — @sarahhayesb
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Photo: Via @misssteers.
"1st bra finished! Beautifully modelled by @therealaisha." — @misssteers
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Photo: Via @thisisfallingwithstyle.
"I didn't pay £90 for me to be the only one to see it." — @thisisfallingwithstyle
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Photo: Via @kerosenedeluxe.
"Oh hi...It's just my bewbs....wanting to give a shout out and thanks to @affinitas for these bras! I'm a big fan of Parfait bras, they offer a good size range, consistent fit and cute styles for daily wear. These 36G's salute you!" — @kerosenedeluxe
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Photo: Via @amme_b_shop.
"Lovely lavender crushed velvet handmade bralette? now available in my shop!" — @amme_b_shop
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Photo: Via @cybermaikitten.
"When you forget that your bra is completely see through?" — @cybermaikitten
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Photo: Via @cynthia_modeling.
"For prices or more info on all the tops I design email me or send me a message on here." — @cynthia_modeling
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Photo: Via @jilloverevolution.
A sculpture made from plaster casts of 400 women's vulvas. Spectacle & education together. Knowledge is power. Freedom from genital anxiety is the goal." — @jilloverevolution
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Photo: Via @chloemaychilcott1.
"Even in paradise, One must remember Feminism." — @chloemaychilcott1
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Photo: Via @horrorshowblackheart.
"I made a vagina dentata pendant." — @horrorshowblackheart
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Photo: Via @barely_anatomical.
"Lil anatomy lesson." — @barely_anatomical
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Photo: Via @ulorin_vex.
"#itsbehindyou #cat #vagina #nakedladyhat #idrawstufftoo" — @ulorin_vex
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Photo: Via @alexawilding.
"Ladies. Everyone. Save Planned Parenthood. It is our right to have access to birth control and safe services." — @alexawilding
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Photo: Via @empoweredbirthproject.
"Beauty marks captured perfectly by @jadebeallphotography #loveyourlines #empoweredbirthproject #takebackpostpartum #birthofamama" — @empoweredbirthproject
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Photo: Via @christerbeauty.
"Goddess braid, I make this hair myself." — @christerbeauty
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Photo: Via @yoginigyrl.
"Apologize to your body. Maybe that's where the healing starts.. Now take a deep breath and thank yourself for who you are now, and forgive yourself for who you were then.... Now begin to heal." — @yoginigyrl
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Photo: Via @jrobmore.
"I am not a natural beauty. It takes work to get me out the door. #notgonnalie But I love my process. I covet my #makeup. And I still feel like a #natural #goddess." — @jrobmore
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Photo: Via @zainsaraswati.
"Ever gazed up at the #sky day or night and felt a deep sense of #peace?" — @zainsaraswati
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Photo: Via @her_la.
"#goddess #goddess #GODDESSS" — @her_la
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Photo: Via @therealistmisscarter.
"Doodles from last night for my best." — @therealistmisscarter
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Photo: Via @kimby0821.
"just got done with my xray...I'm keeping the shorts!" — @kimby0821
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Photo: Via @batter_born.
"literally just woke up like this." — @batter_born
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Photo: Via @izzyboobs.
"Skinny dipping #braless #swimming #summer #toohot #freethenipple." — @izzyboobs
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Photo: Via @lifteddouchetruck.
"Reduce. Reuse. Recycle." — @lifteddouchetruck
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Photo: Via @wf_shontelle101.
"Her body was mad soft... #braless." — @wf_shontelle101