Men and women, although not exactly same, carry similarities. Both have a brain, a heart, and even breasts. One difference, however, is one sex is allowed to expose their breasts, and the other isn’t.
“Female breasts are so revolting and vulgar” Just like women, men have breast tissue, areolas, and nipples.
“Showing female breasts is immodest and disrespectful.” One has the right to dress one wants. Men expose their chests all the time, while women are arrested.
“But women have sex organs on their chests! Men don’t walk around with their pants off!” Sex organs and secondary sex characteristics are different. Just like facial hair and Adam’s apples, breasts are secondary sex characteristics. If secondary sex characteristics bother you so much, and you want them covered, by all means, shove your head in a paper bag.
So many people are confused with the ‘Free The Nipple’ campaign, and I don’t blame them. I was confused once too. ‘Free The Nipple’, as stated on their website, is “a film, an equality movement, and a mission to empower women across the world. We stand against female oppression and censorship, both in the United States and around the globe. Today, in the USA it is effectively ILLEGAL for a woman to be topless, breastfeeding included, in 35 states. In less tolerant places like Louisiana, an exposed nipple can take a woman to jail for up to three years and cost $2,500 in fines. Even in New York City, which legalized public toplessness in 1992, the NYPD continues to arrest women. We’re working to change these inequalities through film, social media, and a grassroots campaign.”
‘Free The Nipple’ was started by activist and filmmaker Lina Esco, and focuses on the double standards regarding female breast censorship. Although it’s primary focus is to desexualize and decriminalize female breasts, it goes far beyond that.
Free The Nipple is not just about taking off your shirt. It’s about gender equality, and the freedom of choice. Take off your shirt, but only if you want to. Keep your shirt on, but only if you want, and not because it’s illegal to take it off.
Free the Nipple is about making it as safe to be topless as a woman, as it is for a man. It’s about ending victim blaming, and slut shaming. In instances of rape or harassment, the victim is often blamed for what they did because of what they wore or what they didn’t wear and labeled a ‘slut’, or other demeaning names.
Free The Nipple is about ending that.
Free The Nipple is about fighting the worst arguments it faces. Many argue exposing female breasts will distract men and they’ll stare. That’s a sexist argument. To place a woman in the position where she’s nothing but something to stare at as if she’s a zoo animal locked in a cage is not only dehumanizing and disrespectful but also objectifying and sexualizing. If men stare, they are the problem, not the woman who is trying to be comfortable in her own skin and fighting for the destruction of double standards regarding the female body.
Another argument is “it will lead to more rape”. This argument is a result of slut shaming and victim blaming. It was created to make the victim feel as if their whole traumatizing experience was their fault. What someone wears doesn’t cause rape.
What causes rape are rapists.
If you don’t want to see the bare chests of women, I will tell you not to look. If you’re wondering about children, I will tell you most began life feeding on breasts, and only see a woman’s breasts as shameful because you conditioned them to think that way.
If you say a man’s breasts are different than a woman’s breasts, I will tell you that a man’s breasts can also be stimulated during sexual intercourse and are also viewed as sexual. If you say there are more important issues to deal with than walking around topless, I will tell you that men fought the same battle, to deem it acceptable to expose one’s chest in public, during the Great Depression.
If a woman walks around topless, she is conveying that it is her body, and no one else’s.
“It is illegal for women to go topless in most cities, yet you can buy a magazine of a woman without her top on at any 7-11 store. So you can sell breasts, but you cannot wear breasts, in America,” reads a quote from feminist author, Violet Rose.
Many are tired of hearing anything pertaining to feminism. God, are they still talking about feminism? Why is she a feminist? I am a feminist because how can I not be? How can you not be? People are still talking about rape because it still happens, and feminism is still needed.
I will not stop talking about it until my voice becomes hoarse and scratchy, I sound like a man so people could actually listen to me. I will not stop writing and talking about it until I can make a change.
I don’t just want to be heard. I want to be listened to.
Until then, that is when the need for this gender equality help site talk will end. The truth is, if you’re asking why I’m a feminist, or why there’s another article about it, you’re probably the reason we need it.