In some American states, although its perfectly OK for men to do this, it’s illegal for women to walk around topless. So when gender equality is a hot topic of the 21st century, it can only be expected that women want equal rights to bare skin. We see nipples and breasts in blockbuster movies all the time, even though these movies aren’t categorized as porn. So why can’t a woman have the right to bare breasts in public when a man sitting next to her on the beach is sun-tanning without a shirt on?
Filmmaker Lina Esco created a hashtag, #FreeTheNipple, a movement to prevent the censorship of the female breast both online and in real life. She recently enlisted a group of twenty women and men to rally in New York’s Washington Square Park to raise awareness by walking the city topless and handing out stickers. Esco said “The boob or the nipple is the first thing you see when you’re born, it’s the thing you depend on, it’s the first thing that nourishes us, at what point did it become an obscene thing.” Her group first posed topless in front of the Freedom Tower in Chelsea and then went Midtown to pose in front of the Flatiron and Empire State Building. “What we are trying to do is not about nipples – ‘free the nipple’ is our Trojan horse, but it’s about the bigger issues, the things that affect us daily and in the long run.
“We are in no way encouraging anyone to walk around naked.
“It’s not about sitting at the cafe with a glass of wine and no shirt on – it’s about the fact that a woman cannot sunbathe without her shirt on next to a man that has every right to do so.”
Esco was supported by the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, Scout Willis, who posted topless photos of herself on Twitter. Scout’s Instagram account was recently deleted by the company over instances of abuse. “Which in reality amounted to a photo of myself in a sheer top and a post of a jacket I made featuring a picture of two close friends topless.” she said, “My situation was in no way unique, women are regularly kicked off Instagram for posting photos with any portion of the areola exposed, while photos sans nipple – degrading as they might be – remain unchallenged.” Esco, happy to be supported by Scout responded, “An average American child sees over 200,000 violent acts including 16,000 murders on television by the age of 18.
“But that’s cool so long as they don’t see a nipple on Facebook or Instagram.
“It’s ridiculous and things need to change.”
Conveniently in the wake of the #FreeTheNipple movement, an online company, TaTa Top, has created a bikini top bearing two graphically printed nipples over the triangles. At first you may stop and stare or react in shock, but once you take the time to really look, you’ll realize that the women sporting this bikini top are not naked. In fact, they are completely covered up according to the law, just sporting breasts on their attire. The company’s website states that, “You look topless…but you aren’t, and therefore, are not breaking any laws”. This brilliant but sneaky way at rebelling against censorship is just the beginning of this feminist movement.
“Why can’t girls be topless? If you really think about it, what’s the difference between a man’s nipples and a woman’s? Is it really just the extra breast tissue? Is it the fact that women’s nipples are paired with a vagina?”
The key focus of designers Robyn Graves and Michelle Lytle, is to increase exposure of the female breast in order to desensitize it. “The more breasts that are seen, the less interesting they become. Exposure is the key. People need to see something to become desensitized to it which brings us back to how a simple action can have a profound effect.”
Their swimsuits even to cater to woman around the world as they are currently available in three different skin tones. A look at the company’s Instagram page reveals that they are in the works of producing bikini tops in other skin tones as well.
And although they’re a little bit on the pricey side of $28.00 per top, $5 of each one sold will be donated to the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation. Not only will you help to raise awareness of this movement, but you’ll be contributing to a great charity as well.
[quote_center]So tell us, is it legal to bare nips for women where you live? And will you support the #FreeTheNipple campaign by sporting this bikini top?[/quote_center]
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