By Kendra Holliday | September 19, 2011
|Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Breast?
(ok, not really big, and not really bad!)
“Boobies are not Nazis!” my daughter exclaimed, when I told her about the woman in New Jersey who crusaded for the right to sunbathe topless and lost her bid after an appeals panel ruled breasts as violating “the public’s moral sensibilities.”
If female breasts threaten society’s morals, does that mean the people they are attached to are a threat as well?
When I posted this story on my facebook page, a woman sadly commented: “Laws are made for the people, not by the people. This truth is an unfortunate circumstance. Because women tend to have more fat cells and the presence of mammary glands in their breasts, we cannot enjoy the same freedoms as men.”
Meanwhile, my friend posted this status on facebook the other day:
“pet peeve: when parents force their toddler daughters to wear a bikini top at the beach. It’s the last time she’s not breaking any laws. Let her be.”
One of MY big pet peeves is the fact that men are allowed to go topless in most of the United States, but women are subject to arrest.
Why is this?
A possible theory on why women aren’t allowed to go topless: because erect female nipples are a symbol of sexual arousal and readiness, which freaks men out. Even wearing no bra can be an issue.
A guy friend of mine asserts that it’s the female areola that is the problem, not the nipple itself.
My friend Mark posted a pic of his bare chest on facebook on May 19, in response to a female friend of his getting a photo of her wearing pasties yanked.
It’s certainly not the amount of fat tissue that’s the issue. My man, who has a massively hairy chest at least three times bigger than mine, wonders if he were to get breast implants, would he be subject to arrest if he went topless in public?
If I made The Beautiful Kind a cult – or a religion, if you will – I could get away with so much personal freedom and chalk it up to religious expression. Maybe I could get a topless driver’s license pic like that guy who fought to have his pic taken with a spaghetti strainer on his head in honor of his Flying Spaghetti Monster religion.
|How old do you think this girl from
Himba is? Would it be appropriate
to post a topless pic of a girl the
same age from the U.S. online?
Why or why not?
And what about indigenous nudity? On the Discovery channel they’ll show topless women in other countries and get away with it by adding the disclaimer: “This program contains indigenous nudity.”
Definition of “indigenous”:
1.originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native (often followed by to ): the plants indigenous to Canada; the indigenous peoples of southern Africa.
2.innate; inherent; natural (usually followed by to ): feelings indigenous to human beings.
Ain’t I an indigenous woman?!
Or are the women portrayed in those programs not as human as women in first world countries? Are third world countries more progressive in this department?
I wish I could post a pic of myself topless for this post, but I need to remain coy – for now. I really want to see this law changed. Topless equality is very important to me and my loved ones.
What is your theory on why the female nipple is so feared? How do I go about getting this law changed? Who do I contact? I don’t think any part of my body is any more shocking than the rest. Why can I show you my elbows, knees, or shoulders, and that is not considered a moral threat, but my breasts are? I used to post topless/nude photos of myself online all the time, but my liberal view of my body got me classified as porn and limited my options too much. I had to dial it back in order to take this website to the next level.
My breasts are not a moral threat.
My breasts are beautiful, natural, and non-threatening. So much so, they nourished my child for a year of her life and have most certainly made the world a better place. They should be embraced, worshiped, respected, not reviled.
Society may shroud my tits in shame, but I do not.
All hail Beauty & the Breast!
(On the brighter side, now that the weather is cooling, I’m glad both men and women are allowed to wear sweaters!)