Maybe this has been going on forever, but more recently I have become aware of nude and topless protests. The most well known one are the world wide events put on by FEMEN. I am sure many of my readers are fully aware of FEMEN. To summarize they put on large public protests on various topics. Top-freedom, Women’s rights, The Pope, War, Rape, and other respectable causes. However, no matter the cause, they are almost always nude or topless. FEMEN protests always seem to get a bit out of hand as well. Given, I have never been present for one of their protests, but what I see in the media is a lot of yelling, screaming, and naked women getting arrested. Maybe the media only chooses to show the violent protests, but I have yet to see any that don’t involve handcuffs and bloodshed.
As a woman who would love to see a clothing optional world I can get behind a lot of what they stand for. I find it ridiculously unfair that men can walk around bare chested as much as they want, but if a woman dares to expose one nipple or breast feed in public, they are verbally assaulted and ridiculed. It is a very unfair standard that I would love to see ended in my lifetime. (Actually much sooner than that because I would like a few years to enjoy it as well)
So, that is me, and that is where I stand. I, however, do not take much pride in the more “in your face” protests for women’s rights and top-freedom. I feel groups like FEMEN give people like me a bad name. I ranted a bit on my Twitter page this morning about the reaction of acress Keira Knightley posing topless and un-photoshopped for Interview Magazine. She posed for the purpose of stating that she is tired of being photoshopped and wanted to see people in her natural form. I love that she did this, I hate photoshop as well. It gives women today the feeling that their body will never be movie star quality. When, of course, even movie stars aren’t movie star quality. The public reaction is what really set me off. First of all, seeing Keira Knightley’s tits is like seeing the moon. Everyone has seen them and if you ever want to see them all you have to do is look. She has stated before that she doesn’t mind showing her tits because they are so small, nobody really cares. So, everyone going nuts saying “Oh my God, look what Keira Knightly did.. isn’t she so brave?” is a bit of a moot point. I’m not afraid to say it, She has nice tits! Now, if she were a breast cancer survivor with a double mastectomy, I feel it is fair to call her brave. Based in how society feels, personally I think breast cancer survivors are beautiful.
I’m getting off my main point. She didn’t do anything brave. Chelsea Handler didn’t do anything brave. Lena Dunham didn’t do anything brave. They are women, they have tits, they chose to show them. I want a woman showing her breasts to be the most natural thing in the world. Nobody looks twice when a man is bare chested. I want it to be the same reaction for women. I don’t believe women are going to achieve physical equality until we stop making such a big deal out of it. Go into town, take off your top, walk down the street. Don’t hold up signs demanding free breasts screaming at the top of your lungs. All that does, in my eyes, is paints topless women as radicals. Society will think you have to be a rebel with a death wish to show your body in public. Regular members of society do not want to be seen as rebels and they will stay far away from this cause.
There, of course, is the other factor of the sexualization of nudity, but that is a different topic for a different post.
Breasts are soft, wonderful protrusions on a woman’s chest used for feeding babies. They are the most beautiful and natural things in the world. Breasts are not weapons. When we stop using them as such, I feel society will stop fearing them.
I know we are not a day away from total equality. I know we still have a lot more work to do. I encourage all women to look at themselves in the mirror. Accept how beautiful they are. And, without making a grand statement, let everyone else realize the same thing.
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