Did you know, “in the USA it is effectively illegal for a woman to be topless, breastfeeding included, in 35 states” (According to the Free The Nipple website). Other places such as Canada, Denmark, Poland, and Sweden toplessness is allowed while places like France, Iceland, India, New Zealand, and Taiwan have no laws against breastfeeding in public (many actually laws protecting breastfeeding mothers).
Despite all this though, there is still such a stigma about women’s nipples.
But why? Why are women’s nipples something we have to hide when they’re the exact same as men’s? The only difference is tissue which is enlarged on women due to higher levels of estrogen. So why are women forced to cover up? Why are mothers shamed for breastfeeding in public?
Free The Nipple is a film and campaign that stands against the oppression of women all around the globe. Seeking to empower women, create equality amongst the sexes, and give women everywhere the right to breastfeed if they so choose.
Many celebrities, including Miley Cyrus, Liv Tyler, and Scout Willis have taken part in the #FreetheNipple campaign and their actions sparked a widespread debate about equality and oppression.
The fact that women’s nipples are such a taboo thing is absurd to me. They’re censored on tv and in films and if a woman walks down the street without a top on she can be arrested. But for men it’s the complete opposite which is just as absurd. As I said above, the only difference between men’s nipples and women’s is tissue. But women’s are seen as being sexual when men’s aren’t.
The purpose of women’s breasts is to feed a baby. Personally, I don’t see breastfeeding as being all that sexual. Yet women are constantly told it’s disgusting and to cover up when they do it in public. Women should be able to breastfeed their children wherever and whenever they want to or need to.
I stand by the Free the Nipple campaign. This sort of censorship is unnecessary and completely out of date. It’s 2015 people, time to wake up and smell the roses. Women have nipples! I highly doubt this is a surprise to anyone (I mean, even babies know they’re there). So, I say we free the nipple and change these ancient laws to ones that are positive and allow people of any sex the freedom they deserve.