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#freethenipple, liberation or titillation?

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Sounds like a double standard to me!!! I think woman should have the right to choose just like men
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I think in certain spaces (nude beaches) it's fine. However there are public spaces where guys aren't allowed to go topless. So why should women?
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There is an appropriate time and a place for everything, but I feel that woman and men should have the equal freedom of choice. Like Sandy says- it is not like men are going to work topless- beaches or sports areas etc. where it is common for men to also remove there shirts- then yes- why can't we? I also think breastfeeding mommies should not be shunned in public- you don't eat your meals in a public bathroom so why should a baby?
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Woman are already judged on so many aspects of their physical appearance.... It would end up benefiting plastic surgeons the most in the long run
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First of all: titilllation, great word! My vote for Oxfords word of the year. :)

So I have to say that as a woman I'm in two minds about this.

You've got the whole argument that women should feel good about their bodies, that it's empowering to take your shirt off. Accept who you are. Let the haters hate. If men can do it, why can't we? Why are we being censored? Everyone has nipples. Let people stare, they will get used to it. It's society that places these expectations on us, we shouldn't have to conform to traditionalist opinions.

That's the beauty about being a young woman right now. We can say, do and fight for our causes. Equality is here. Generations of like-minded strong women paved this way for us.

However, does everyone think that society is ready for public nudity? Because essentially that is how a shirtless woman will be seen- nude. It's a sexual and raw concept. To both women and men.

Without even bringing female beauty standards into the argument- How do fathers feel about it? Brothers? Your boyfriends? It is your body and you are allowed to do with it what you want. But public affairs have always been fair game. So opinions and worries from their side should be listened to; without feminazi mentality blighting the empowering intentions of this cause.

Because a lot of people feel that, publicly, certain etiquette should be adhered to. The transition from an idea being indecent to normal is... challenging. There are laws against public nudity for both sexes.

I feel that it will be many years before society can come around. Many religious, cultural and traditionalist views will need to be broken to get a majority vote on this, for lack of a better word, exotic concept.
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I can't say I'm for this, why would women want to walk around topless? How do you expect to get a job, or be respected as a mature and intelligent woman if you parade yourself around?
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The issue of decriminalizing the female breast has been a thing for a while now. They have won some cases and lost some cases in certain parts of America, but have a steady stream to support.

I am so for this campaign! It's not about women being shirtless everywhere. It's about stopping violence against women, equality, saying NO and so much more...

People need to become less sensitive about the female body. It shouldn't make anyone feel uncomfortable.
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First guy to comment... Will say this:

I respect every woman and her right to do what they want with their bodies, but boobs won't loose their attractiveness. If the aim is to make topless women seem 'normal'. It's not going to work...
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As a guy i am for this! Liberation!

... calm down feminazis... It's because I'm a rider. A similar event was held a couple of years back to bring awareness to bike riders vs cars. To show how vulnerable riders are on the road, people went on a naked ride.

It's impactful. gets you noticed. Believe me- people are paying attention to #freethenipple beyond all the memes.
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Here is a video of the event:
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There is an appropriate time and a place for everything, but I feel that woman and men should have the equal freedom of choice. Like Sandy says- it is not like men are going to work topless- beaches or sports areas etc. where it is common for men to also remove there shirts- then yes- why can't we? I also think breastfeeding mommies should not be shunned in public- you don't eat your meals in a public bathroom so why should a baby?
I like that you mentioned mommies breastfeeding.
It's something that everyone once did! Bottle babies being the exception obviously.

Just because a nipple isn't covered up doesn't mean you have to stare!
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First guy to comment... Will say this:

I respect every woman and her right to do what they want with their bodies, but boobs won't loose their attractiveness. If the aim is to make topless women seem 'normal'. It's not going to work...
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/06/08/free-nipple-crosses-pond/85586374/?hootPostID=abdbe18893914b59e5a5022a4b4beeeb

Take a look at this. Might open up your mind a little to why women are doing this. :)"Are boobs SEX organs? No they are not."
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Why is this such an issue... Can't we just accept that certain genders have certain roles? What happened to modesty?
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I believe there is a time and a place for this. Men can't always walk around topless and to be honest most of the time I am glad about that.
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I'm not sure if everyone understands what #freethenipple is actually trying to achieve here. It's not as basic and literal as asking to walk around topless, that's not the focus here. The nipple is simply being used to represent oppression against women in general. It is just a physical example of how the same thing, in this case, the nipple (but you could replace the word 'nipple' with almost anything) are perceived and spoken about differently within our society, with no other factor but the gender of the person involved, to influence these statements.

So no,
This is not about walking around topless and simply wanting to feel the wind on our breasts.

It is not done with the attitude of"We want it because men have it."

Its not about being 'modest' or 'respectable' , and the fact that those words have come up in this very gathering displays exactly where socialisation has brought us to today.

It's simply questioning and fighting female oppression by asking the question :"Why can men show their nipples in public, yet as a woman, showing my nipples openly will only bring shame, embarrassment, doubt of my intellect, question of my character and objectification?

Why would something as simple as a nipple affect my ability to get a job, my say as a member of the community, or to be taken seriously by society ?

Why do I, as a woman , need to fear for my safety while fully clothed, when men can go around topless without fear of rape on a daily basis?"

These are the questions that #freethenipple is asking and encouraging others to question. I really think that this is one of the greatest movements for women that we have seen in years.

#freethenipple
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I'm not sure if everyone understands what #freethenipple is actually trying to achieve here. It's not as basic and literal as asking to walk around topless, that's not the focus here. The nipple is simply being used to represent oppression against women in general. It is just a physical example of how the same thing, in this case, the nipple (but you could replace the word 'nipple' with almost anything) are perceived and spoken about differently within our society, with no other factor but the gender of the person involved, to influence these statements.

So no,
This is not about walking around topless and simply wanting to feel the wind on our breasts.

It is not done with the attitude of"We want it because men have it."

Its not about being 'modest' or 'respectable' , and the fact that those words have come up in this very gathering displays exactly where socialisation has brought us to today.

It's simply questioning and fighting female oppression by asking the question :"Why can men show their nipples in public, yet as a woman, showing my nipples openly will only bring shame, embarrassment, doubt of my intellect, question of my character and objectification?

Why would something as simple as a nipple affect my ability to get a job, my say as a member of the community, or to be taken seriously by society ?

Why do I, as a woman , need to fear for my safety while fully clothed, when men can go around topless without fear of rape on a daily basis?"

These are the questions that #freethenipple is asking and encouraging others to question. I really think that this is one of the greatest movements for women that we have seen in years.

#freethenipple
Can't just like your comment- i have to physically type a big fat THANK YOU! You get it!
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Yes, free the nipple. Free the whole god damn body if you like. The human body, the female body especially is way over sexualised and nothing can re-empower more than control over one's body. For this reason, all four of my children(3 girls & 1 boy) are raised with seeing their bodies are perfectly natural and normal, to be as dress as much or as little as they feel comfortable with. If they want to be naked, go naked. Their body belongs to them, not the Church or the fashion industry or any other group.

Regarding breasts, they're not genitals but mammary glands. They aren't helped by keeping them lifted by bras and do not need to be covered all the time. Men and women being sexually attracted to them is no excuse. People are aroused by noses, ears, necks and eyes but we don't cover them up.

Free the body!
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As a guy, the idea of not being able to take my shirt off, due to the law or out of fear of objectification, is absolutely absurd, and I see no reason as to why it shouldn't be the same for women? Yes, boobs are great, but they are not sexual organs, and they simply represent sex due to socialisation and the media, (just look at any celebrity or music video).

It's exactly the same thing as a guy's nipple.

#freethenipple
#freethebody
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I'm not sure if everyone understands what #freethenipple is actually trying to achieve here. It's not as basic and literal as asking to walk around topless, that's not the focus here. The nipple is simply being used to represent oppression against women in general. It is just a physical example of how the same thing, in this case, the nipple (but you could replace the word 'nipple' with almost anything) are perceived and spoken about differently within our society, with no other factor but the gender of the person involved, to influence these statements.

So no,
This is not about walking around topless and simply wanting to feel the wind on our breasts.

It is not done with the attitude of"We want it because men have it."

Its not about being 'modest' or 'respectable' , and the fact that those words have come up in this very gathering displays exactly where socialisation has brought us to today.

It's simply questioning and fighting female oppression by asking the question :"Why can men show their nipples in public, yet as a woman, showing my nipples openly will only bring shame, embarrassment, doubt of my intellect, question of my character and objectification?

Why would something as simple as a nipple affect my ability to get a job, my say as a member of the community, or to be taken seriously by society ?

Why do I, as a woman , need to fear for my safety while fully clothed, when men can go around topless without fear of rape on a daily basis?"

These are the questions that #freethenipple is asking and encouraging others to question. I really think that this is one of the greatest movements for women that we have seen in years.

#freethenipple
How refreshing, actually tapping into core thinking in a manner that would do well by politicians and legislatures alike. The question(s) and points of ponder as result of this dialog demands thoughtful and considerate thinking on ones own stand.
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Does anyone else find it absolutely ridiculous that as women, we have to take responsibility for what others may think or unfortunately, do to us? If I would like to walk around naked, it is my body, therefore it is my choice and I should be able to do so without shame or fear. Why should my sense of self and ownership of my body be determined by what others may think and what society has decided to be 'the norm'? 'The norm' being an obvious decision made by the patriarchy.

No, this is not some feminist rant. It is simply fact. The fact that a woman does not have ownership over her body, as well as the authority and freedom, to make these decisions for herself without judgement or scrutiny, is unsettling and disgusting.
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