Female Nipples causing an Internet Storm. {Nudity}

Via Alex Myles
on Apr 4, 2015
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Update:  “De Blasio orders task force to find way to ban topless women at Times Square…” More here.

Photo via Imgur: An elderly woman observes a young topless woman wearing body paint in Times Square. (NSFW) (i.imgur.com)

Photo: Jared Polin from Fro Knows Photo (http://froknowsphoto.com/)

 Photo: Jared Polin from Fro Knows Photo

In an attempt to drive social change and gender equality, nipples are being revealed.

This is creating awareness regarding the female nipple—it is highly regarded as inappropriate to expose, whereby, it is perfectly acceptable for male nipples to be on public show.

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Basically, if men are allowed to show their nipples, then women should also be allowed to!

“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 breast, in America.” ~ Violet Rose

Mango Mami on Twitter https://twitter.com/gypsylaveyan

A 90-minute empowering movie called Free the Nipple (2014) that began the revolution was co-written and directed by Lino Esco. The documentary is based on true events and its aim is to decriminalize the naked body by protesting against the censorship laws in the U.S.A.

Including an army of passionate women, First Amendment lawyers, graffiti installations and publicity stunts, it shows an invasion of New York City to protest hypocritical laws and to promote gender equality, legally and culturally in the U.S.

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The main question, raised time and time again, is why are we more offended and outraged by females nipples, than we are by male nipples?

Other than breast tissue, there are no differences.

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Photo by Colin Heyworth for Free the nipple.

The campaign is to desexualize the nipple and gain equality and freedom for the female’s chest to be viewed without sexual judgement, in the same way as men’s are.

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Many celebrities have joined the cause, advocating support for baring nipples, including Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Scout Willis and Cara Delevingne.

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I might be an MP, but that doesn’t stop me fighting sexism with my breasts.” the MP in Iceland, Björt Ólafsdóttir.

While this topic has been in the media for some months, the #freethenipple hashtag has gone viral and is currently trending again after Adda Þóreyjardóttir Smáradóttir, a 17 year old student and chair of the Feminist society at the Commercial College of Iceland, declared Thursday 26th March “Free The Nipple Day” at school.

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After one of Adda’s male friends advised her that she would be letting herself in for trouble, she decided to post a topless selfie of herself onto Facebook to prove him wrong. After she was attacked online by a troll, she decided to delete the image, however, she explains on her Facebook account, “It was difficult and I had to delete the picture for a few minutes, but it was enough to start a revolution.” All over Iceland and beyond Feminist student societies and females showed their support for the campaign, with them too posting images of their nipples all over social media.

Adda also wrote on her Facebook page, “Society as a whole considers breast taboo… Men being topless is a natural thing in society. Men pull up their shirt when celebrating their favorite footballer and it is not a rare sight. But how would society react if I did the same?”

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In 1975 on October 24th, 90% of women in Iceland went on strike, refusing to do any type of work in their homes or at their jobs.

This was Iceland’s largest demonstration in their nation’s history and it shut down the entire country with hospitals unable to function and schools and airports closing. The following year Iceland’s Parliament (which is now made up of half women and half men) passed a law which guaranteed women and men would receive equal pay and women would receive maternity leave.

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Four years later Iceland elected their first female president and today Iceland has the highest rates of gender equality in the world, showing that making a stand does make a difference to the world in which we live, even if the changes take some time.

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Scout Willis, daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis also raised further awareness for the campaign by walking topless around New York. She explains in a post to xoJane that she got removed from Instagram, being told she was no longer welcome in their community, after posting a sweatshirt that featured a picture of two women with bare chests.

Following this, Scout chose to make a stand saying,

“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… So I walked around New York topless and documented it on Twitter, pointing out that what is legal by New York State law is not allowed on Instagram.”

Scout released a statement saying:

“I didn’t choose my public life, but it did give me a platform to help make body politics newsworthy. Matters like the taboo of the nipple in the 21st century, public breastfeeding, slut shaming, fat shaming, breast cancer awareness, body positivity, gender inequality, and censorship have found their way into mainstream discussion.

But unfortunately the emphasis in the press has been on sensationalizing my breasts, chiefly in terms of my family. There are also some people who would criticize my choice to relate nipples with equality at all. To me, nipples seem to be at the very heart of the issue. In the 1930s, men’s nipples were just as provocative, shameful, and taboo as women’s are now, and men were protesting in much the same way. In 1930, four men went topless to Coney Island and were arrested. In 1935, a flash mob of topless men descended upon Atlantic City, 42 of whom were arrested. Men fought and they were heard, changing not only laws but social consciousness. And by 1936, men’s bare chests were accepted as the norm.

So why is it that 80 years later women can’t seem to achieve the same for their chests? Why can’t a mother proudly breastfeed her child in public without feeling sexualized? Why is a 17-year-old girl being asked to leave her own prom because a group of fathers find her too provocative? Why should I feel overly exposed because I choose not to wear a bra? Why would it be okay with Instagram and Facebook to allow photos of a cancer survivor who has had a double mastectomy and is without areolas but “photos with fully exposed breasts, particularly if they’re unaffected by surgery, don’t follow Instagram’s Community Guidelines.”

Until this weekend women were afraid to post photos of their mastectomy tattoos—realistic or creative—for fear that Instagram would delete their accounts.

“I am not trying to argue for mandatory toplessness, or even bralessness. What I am arguing for is a woman’s right to choose how she represents her body — and to make that choice based on personal desire and not a fear of how people will react to her or how society will judge her. No woman should be made to feel ashamed of her body.” ~ Scout Willis

Following a backlash from Instagram users, Instagram announced on 16th April 2015 that they have now altered their rules surrounding nudity to permit photos of women breastfeeding and photographs of post-mastectomy scarring.

The Instagram update:

“We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too.”

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Although Instagram still has a nudity policy prohibiting nipples from being shown, Facebook have dropped their stance on nipples and now allow images of women breastfeeding to be shown on their site.

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Relephant:

Women, it’s Time to go Braless.

Speaking of making friends with oneself: the Buddhist perspective via Dr. Reggie Ray:

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Author: Alex Sandra Myles

Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock

Images: twitter, Mango Mami on TwitterTumblr, Colin Heyworth on Twitterwtf is free the nipple, Stephen Weppler on flickr, Björt Ólafsdóttir with permission, mic, Moxi on Twitter, Chris Alban Hansen on flickr, Lauren M. Doyle on Twitter

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About Alex Myles

Alex Myles is a qualified yoga and Tibetan meditation teacher, Reiki Master, spiritual coach and also the author of An Empath, a newly published book that explains various aspects of existing as a highly sensitive person. The book focuses on managing emotions, energy and relationships, particularly the toxic ones that many empaths are drawn into. Her greatest loves are books, poetry, writing and philosophy. She is a curious, inquisitive, deep thinking, intensely feeling, otherworldly intuitive being who lives for signs, synchronicities and serendipities. Inspired and influenced by Carl Jung, Nikola Tesla, Anaïs Nin and Paulo Coelho, she has a deep yearning to discover many of the answers that seem to have been hidden or forgotten in today’s world. To purchase Alex’s book An Empath please click here or click here to connect with her on Facebook, or click here to join Alex’s Facebook group for empaths and highly sensitive people to connect.

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60 Responses to “Female Nipples causing an Internet Storm. {Nudity}”

  1. Liezel says:

    As a woman, proud of my own sexuality and femininity, it would be a sad day if the mystery and power of seduction got taken away from us. Why are we fighting against being regarded as beautiful and desired?

    Women will still be victimised by those who want to bully. Being seen as equals to men, will still not make us physically stronger than men. We are different. We are stronger in other ways. Let us rather enhance and celebrate and appreciate our differences and stop trying to be the same.

  2. Gypsy says:

    I didn’t choose the nipple life …. the nipple life chose me ….

  3. martin B says:

    oh the sick twisted puritanical far reaching tentacles of religiously neurotic ‘no-fun-duh’oh-mental’ism’… “we must cover up” the beauty that nourishes and sustains us when we all come out of the womb and into the world … sayeth ye perverted mind-set predominantly ordained by those that have a close connection to their omnipotent imaginary-friend-in-the sky. what sad pathetic-ness such self-delusion inspires – what utter waste of human freedom and joy … “thou shalt not” blah-blah yadda-yadda and other assorted bullsh!t-et’cetera …

  4. aidil says:

    women are supposed to be like a wrap candy where they kept hidden their dignity and unwrap only to that special someone but noooo u support this so called “free the nipple”. if u really support it so much, free it in closed doors and not show it around wherever u go. it’s too late to be topless now as the society keeps on evolving their mindset as time goes by

  5. L Owsley says:

    the breast has never been a sexual organ it called mammary glands it is used to produce milk to feed the offspring in other country’s women walk around topless and no big deal only in countries were sex has been thrust into the front of every person face and people make it the most important part of their lives has the breast been sexualized breast are beautiful all sizes but woman are beautiful likewise all sizes because of the palov conditioning of people in our country women fel the need to put out money to pump silocen on in to their breast to give themselves what they have been condition to persive as sexy when in fact if the act like a woman they are sexy can you imagine men going in for silocen injection for there penis don’t laugh it won’t be long before some DR . Will try to push it and some fool will go for it just remember the largest sexual organ some have is between their ears don’t believe me if you go brain dead try getting the other to work
    L

  6. KJB says:

    If a 15 year old girl goes topless and a 27 year old man takes a picture of her would that be child porn if “free the nip” goes through?

  7. Adam Ferris says:

    But is that a valid argument for making it a law for the nation? What if I value something different? And the issue is the gender inequality. Men can show nipples, but women can't. I'm interested in your assumption that we become numb, but human nature remains. I wasn't aware that male nipples were taboo in the 1930s until I did some research. Why? Because no one views them as sexual, nor innapropriate anymore. Lastly, there is a logical fallacy of a Slippery Slope to assume that the numbers of people who CAN'T control themselves would increase, or that these "deviants in hiding" will suddenly be unleashed by a female areola. I mean, I would've ventured to say there would be an adjustment period of a generation or two, but that was happening throughout the end of the 20th century.

    And I apologize if this seems personal, or narrowly directed at you. It's not, and I appreciate your outlook on the human body and praise your concern for the sanctity of our society. Your comment struck me as very genuine and backed with testimonial, so I figured the best candidate to strike an argument for the sake of discussion with the goal of a possible middle grounds (assuming either side is correct).

    Much love

  8. Adam Ferris says:

    If it's for the sole purpose of creating material for sexual arousal, and then the 27yo acted out on those fantasies, and investigators found those photos with "genetic material" linked to them, then yes. That would be incriminating. But, no, the photos alone would not be. They would be no more creepy than a 27 year old woman snapping pictures of 14yo boys. Or would we assume it's not of a sexual nature? And why would anyone concern themselves with taking pictures of topless 14yo's anyways…?

    I hope that was just a poor joke.

  9. Amit says:

    well said bruno

  10. Becky Blue says:

    Um….I’m really trying to understand this. Help?

    What do woman have to gain by going topless?

    I agree that a woman shouldn’t be fined or arrested for breast feeding…but to just walk around with no top on because men can do it? Why? It doesn’t make sense. I see ladies on the media complaining about men staring at their boobs, yet they want to be topless? The reasoning that “it’s just a nipple” and “it’s not a sexual organ” also confuses me. Does that mean I can walk around with just my anus exposed because it’s not a “sexual organ”? I don’t think we will get the results we want by allowing our daughters to expose themselves. I feel like this will lead to more issues. I don’t want to see a 16 year old at the beach topless, nor do I want to see someones grandmother walking down the street bouncing freely. Is taking off more clothes really going to make us equal? Shouldn’t we get rid of bras first before jumping strait to being topless? Why not fight to make men cover up like we have to? “If you’ve got it, flaunt it.”…what if you don’t “got it”? If we are truly wanting equality, then shouldn’t we make it so everyone can feel confident and comfortable in public? Not to mention religious people will flip shit over this like they did with gay marriage. I’m not looking forward to that…are you? Again, if anyone can help me understand, or show me the benefits of freeing the nipple, I would be vary grateful…I feel like I’m just missing something because a lot of my friends support, including my boyfriend.