Why I support Free the Nipple

One of my best talents in life is procrastinating. I learned this in the sixth grade when teachers ruthlessly assigned homework that made me be creative. Gross.

So now, instead of working on homework, I would like to explain why I stand with the Free the Nipple movement.

The name “Free the Nipple” might have shocked or surprised a few people reading this. You know, the ones who don’t have nipples. But that is the point. The name is a blunt attention grabber that triggers an immediate emotion.

In a nutshell, the literal purpose of the name and the movement is to allow women the freedom to expose their nipples the same way that a man can. Because, after all, it is okay for a man to go topless when mowing the yard, at the pool, at the beach etc., but women are often shamed for breastfeeding in public places. Breastfeeding.

The FTN website states, “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.”

Female nipples are banned from social media, while male nipples are free to flood your insta feed. But why are nipples treated differently based on gender when the anatomy is the same? Because female nipples have been over sexualized.

Now, I’m not saying that I think everyone needs to be walking around topless at all times. And I definitely don’t believe that nipples are the most pressing issue when it comes to gender inequality. However, I do believe that women should have the same rights as men when it comes to exposing their bodies.

The movement is not solely about nipples. FTN goes to show that gender inequality is prevalent. Lina Esco’s film, Free the Nipple, was released in 2014. Now the campaign has taken to social media, striving to uncover and fight for a world of gender equality.

Two nipples at a time.

 

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photo by: Vanessa Jimenez