"FREE THE NIPPLE IS A GLOBAL CAMPAIGN OF CHANGE, FOCUSED ON THE EQUALITY, EMPOWERMENT, AND FREEDOM OF ALL HUMAN BEINGS. FREE THE NIPPLE HAS BECOME A PREMIERE VOICE FOR GENDER EQUALITY, UTILIZING ALL FORMS OF MODERN MEDIA, TO RAISE AWARENESS AND EFFECT CHANGE ON VARIOUS SOCIAL ISSUES, AND INJUSTICES. WE BELIEVE THAT ALL HUMAN BEINGS ARE CREATED EQUAL. WE BELIEVE THAT THE TIME FOR CHANGE IS NOW. WE BELIEVE THAT TOGETHER, THROUGH ONE UNIFIED VOICE, WE CAN AFFECT CHANGE GLOBALLY." Free the Nipple, whenever somewhere here's the name of this movement they think it is just women that want to let their tits hang out and about and want to be looked at, drawn attention towards. The goals of Free the Nipple are almost exactly the opposite of what many assume. The goals of the movement are to have equal rights as men, to de-sexualize women and their bodies, and to ultimately allow women to feel comfortable, empowered, and free to be themselves. We as women should not allow our bodies existence to controlled, covered or possessed. “Women’s breast are not the problem. Sexual objectification is the problem… Breast don’t hurt children, breast feed children and it’s the equalization of women’s bodies that’s actually hurting children the most.” (Soraya Cheaply). The right and choice to go topless is the ultimate goal: the end of legislation constraining women’s bodies in public spaces, and for women and men to have equal ownership over their bodies is what this movement is striving for. (“WHAT IS FREE THE NIPPLE?” FREE THE NIPPLE, freethenipple.com/.)
► Download APP (iOS): http://goo.gl/EyzIaF ► Download APP (Android): http://goo.gl/AOLpgm ► Click to Subscribe: http://goo.gl/8WxGeD A group of fearless wome... This movie shows how the movement was started, the struggles that were overcome throughout the beginning of the movement (money, laws, etc.), and the story of how oppressed women are even in a state that it is legal to be topless. This movie showed how this movement was able to try and change the cultural conversation of being topless. This movie exemplifies how messed up society is that we can pay for breasts through media, strip clubs, etc. but the minute a woman takes ownership of her own body it is a bad thing. "Why is it we can sell them but can't wear them? You can objectify her breasts, but a woman can't own her own body." (Esco). This is what Free the Nipple wants the cultural conversation to be instead of how men can't help getting turned on by a pair of boobs. The beginning of this movie the main character, Liv, meets her soon to be partner who is a journalist and speaks to her about the movement she wants to start. She explains how murder, violence, and war are on every channel but the minute a person is exposed to a female nipple all hell breaks loose. How granting women the choice to have a more responsible representation of female nudity, and give them the choice to be topless or not. Maybe that is what it takes to de-sexualize breasts, is for seeing a women's nipple to become part of the cultural norm just as a males is. Many incentives are apart of this movement, but overall majority of this movement supporters are fighting for the equal right of men and women. The choice to be topless or not; and in accepting the female nipple, breast feeding will become a normal thing, as well as the hopes of being less objectified. These women want to kill censorship and show breasts for what they really are... just another beautiful part of a women's body. The fact that everything a woman does, says, or wears is automatically associated with sexualized and objectification is pathetic, and quite sad, and this movement is trying to change just that.
This particular scholarly article speaks upon the topics of the Personal Ramifications of Sexism, the Push for the Making of Teenage Feminist Consciousness, Sex Education, and Gender Free Speech. This article connects with the Free the Nipple movement because it shows the connection between how females are shamed for sex, how women's bodies are viewed as strictly sexual, and the importance of fighting for freedom of speech, the fight to stop sexism, and the education of younger generations to accept, embrace, and love their bodies. Essentially all the research and studies used in this article is support for the Free the Nipple movement and what they are fighting for. Various movements in class involving women the theme of sex is often brought up. For example, with Norma Rae, she was punished for embracing her sexuality while the men were fine to do as they please without criticism. One of the main theme's of Free the Nipple is the equality of men and women. How unfair it is that a woman can't take her shirt off without being a "distraction" but just walking down a bike trail you see 10+ men without shirts on. Yet women are completely in the wrong for doing what a male does everyday. When breaking down the anatomy of the human breast, women's are the same as males except with extra tissue and their sole purpose is to feed and nurture human life. This concept ties in with the article as well because they speak about educating young feminist on their bodies. According to Lovell the problem with women embracing their sexuality date back to the 1960's-1970's stating: "Less than a third of New York City’s 900 public schools in 1969 taught sex education. Furthermore, sex education curriculum was vague, subjective, or even inaccurate; the teacher’s training manual for sex education emphasized traditional gender roles, while excluding the words ‘‘contraception’’ and ‘‘birth control’’ [20, p. 44]. Most sex education courses, often called ‘‘family science’’ courses, concentrated on socializing girls and boys to perform their respective ‘‘sex roles,’’ while discouraging any form of sexuality that occurred outside of heterosexual marriages. Even ‘‘excessive masturbation,’’ according to a new sex education curriculum in Fairfax County, Virginia in 1971, was believed to ‘‘inhibit the formation of natural friendships’’ [84, p. 9]. Teenage feminists in the United States, Canada, and Australia organized to create their own comprehensive sex education curriculum's that were sex-positive, feminist, and lesbian-inclusive." Free the Nipple is working to help women accept their bodies, and to try and prevent women's bodies from being looked as solely as sexual objects for men to use and abuse. This article supports the problems that Free the Nipple is trying to address, as well as support their cause with scientific evidence of how big of an issue women sexuality is and has been for years. (Lovell, Kera. “Girls Are Equal Too: Education, Body Politics, and the Making of Teenage Feminism.” Gender Issues, vol. 33, no. 2, 2016, pp. 71–95., doi:10.1007/s12147-016-9155-8.)
This particular post discusses the positive outcomes of the Free the Nipple Movement such as the celebrities supporting the cause, the topic of social media and nipples, and how people across the country are organizing and protesting in their daily lives for this movement. How the social movement has been successful because women and men everywhere are finally taking a stand. This article also speaks some facts about violence that is exposed to young children and how America is the only country where it is illegal in certain states to appear topless in public.How the beheading of terrorism attacks can be shared on Facebook, but showing the natural part of a women's body is taken down and reported. This movement states that Free the Nipple is a successful movement that is sweeping the nation since 2012. Why is it successful? Well with most movements when someone of high standing such as a celebrity, politician, or another famous figure that can speak volumes with little to no effort. With the free the nipple campaign, various celebrities are on board such as Miley Cyrus, Chrissy Teigen, Chelsea Handler, and various other celebrities. Not only have celebrities publicized the cause, but they have embraced it as well. Another reason this movement is progressing with success is because the people across the country rallying and fighting for a cause; Los Angeles, students at the University of California, advocates in Missouri, and there are more protests planning to happen across country. Another way this movement has been successful is the endorsement of clothing; shirts are being worn, even a bikini that has pictures of nipples on each bikini cup that women can wear that was strictly created for the Free the Nipple campaign. Even social media sites are following trend with Facebook allowing pictures of breast feeding, various people have emailed and tweeted just to oppose "the inequitable way images of women's breasts are regarded" But there is still work to do for social media accepting women's nipples for what they are... nipples. Instagram is known for taking down pictures they think are "inappropriate and in 2014, artist Micol Hebron "created a rendering of a male nipple which she encouraged women to use on Instagram to cover their own nipples to draw attention to just how ridiculous this standard is — an effort that gained renewed traction last month." This post shows that even though the struggle is ongoing, the fight is happening whether people approve of it or not. Free the Nipple is making its come up and I personally believe with the support it is receiving someday women will get to be topless mowing the lawn, getting groceries, or whatever they CHOOSE to do. That is the point her, women should have the choice to do so without feeling like they will be raped on the street or objectified wherever they go. (Zeilinger, Julie. “Here's How Many Nipples #FreeTheNipple Has Liberated So Far.” Mic, Mic Network Inc., 25 Oct. 2015, mic.com/articles/124146/here-s-what-the-free-the-nipple-movement-has-really-accomplished#.quGSimXaU.).
Free the Nipple uses the fact that women are treated unequally compared to men. Lina Esco made this film to raise awareness about equality and feminism. She frames the movement around these aspects and uses nipples as a conversation piece stating "Being topless is what we had to do start a real dialogue about equality. This is not about being topless; this about equality, it’s about having that choice. A lot of people are not informed about the equal pay thing. Women still get paid 78 cents for every dollar a man makes, but very few people know about this. But if there’s a group of girls running around topless all over the United States rallying for equal pay, then it would be making headline news, don’t you think?” Free the Nipple also addresses the legal issues with toplessness. With being topless is legal in 33 states even where it is legal, you can still be arrested for not wearing anything in public areas. This movement uses certain framework to truly express the larger mission here; to reclaim women's bodies, sexuality, and safety at a time when all women under attack in various ways. The public is simply too delicate to handle seeing a women's nipple when men's nipples are exposed every day. This movement also is fighting for the right to breast feed in public, and the right to share posts on social media of boobs without having them be reported or taken down. This movement is based around the sad fact that we glorify women's breasts and bodies in general, and that we shouldn't have to in order to respect them. Normalizing toplessness removes some of the cultural power over women's bodies and their sexuality. By Freeing the Nipple we are taking away the "cultural power that dictates women's breasts can only be sex symbols..." When looking deeper into this movement what they are fighting for makes common sense, and the fact that women are viewed as pure sexual objects is the very reason why we all need to free the nipple. (Kramer Bussel, Rachel. “Free the Nipple! The Problem With How We Think About Breasts.” Time, Time, 12 Dec. 2014, time.com/3631924/free-the-nipple-breasts-sex-symbol/.)
The initial quote that begins Tory Shepherd's argument is as such, "It's the sort of campaign that may have a very good reason for coming into being, but swiftly devolves into an excuse for people to show off. In this case, both their boobs and their faux activism." Tory speaks about why having your boobs out are just for attention and that this is exactly what men have been wanting for years. She even gets to bash one of their supporters of the campaign, Miley Cyrus. This only fuels her fire of dis contempt, stating "Cyrus has most recently demonstrated her idealogoy by twerking around with her tongue all the way out." What she doesn't realize is that Miley has actually stood up for various movements, spoken out against hatred experienced by women, LGBTQ, animal rights, and various other groups that experience hatred and injustice. PETA is an organization that has done a nude run through Pamplona, and another group called "Breasts not Bombs", as well as the most notorious organization that coincides with what Free the Nipple is doing is a group called Femen. They claim that baring breasts are their "weapon" and call it "sextremism". All of these organizations use nudity as a tactic to gain attention for their movement and cause. Especially when celebrities jump on board with a certain movement that involves nudity, the coverage because far larger than imagined. Tory claims that women that take part of Free the Nipple are doing it in a sexy way, not an empowered way. Which is exactly the attitude that this movement is trying to skew. The strongest objection to this movement is that it is not empowering, but it is objectifying women in essence of itself. That this movement is trying to have men stare and promoting the objectification of women's bodies. But in reality the mission is to do exactly the opposite. To stop making the female nipple such an extreme thing, and to normalize the fact that women are owning their bodies and are not ashamed to express themselves in anyway possible. The word sexual often comes up when speaking of Free the Nipple, but what those people don't understand is that the only reason the nipple is sexualized on women is because culture and society shaped it into being a sexual object. The nipple is strictly for nourishing children. And if the nipple is "sexual" because it can turn on some people, so can the neck, lips, ears, even toes depending on who you are! Therefore any argument people have for this movement, I encourage them to do their research before hand, to look at the bigger picture, and realize that the fact that a nipple is more obscene than murders, pictures of war, and various other things that our culture has normalized instead of ostracized; like the female nipple has been. (Shepherd, Tory. “Free the Nipple Campaign Is Not Empowering for Women.” Herald Sun, 10 Mar. 2015, 11:50 p.m., www.heraldsun.com.au/rendezview/free-the-nipple-campaign-is-not-empowering-for-women/news-story/cddc69e61100b512758adc8939808aa4.)
This article shares the five reasons why freeing the nipple will benefit women in today's society. It speaks of the movement and how Free the Nipple gives the option to be shirtless without harassment and judgement. This movement is not only for equality, ending double standards, ending the sexualization of women's breasts, censorship, but it is also for helping young girls be raised without the double standard of males. To help to eliminate the feelings of shame, guilt, inferiority, and all the damaging feelings young girls are raised to feel. 1. Breastfeeding- if you grow a human you should be able to feed it whenever, wherever, and however you please. 2. Slut shaming- Breasts are not sexual organs and we need to stop associating exposed skin with sex. 3. Victim blaming- What a women is wearing when they are raped or assaulted is totally irrelevant, no-one is entitled to another person's body. EVER. 4. Body positive-Many women are ashamed and insecure about their breasts and bodies in general. What one chooses to do with their own body is their choice, but no-one should ever be ashamed of their body, and our culture should enforce such shame. 5. Basic Equality- Telling young girls and women that their bodies have to be covered in ways that boys' bodies don't is harmful. It instills shame and insecurity that lasts a lifetime. But before women were ostracized, men dealt with this issue as well. Men had to protest in the 1930's because it was illegal for them to bare their torso's in public. Today it is still illegal to be topless in 35 states, and in some, even public breast feeding is illegal. The concluding idea from this article is that allowing men to expose their chests but not women is sexist. Women are not objects to be used for commercials and sex and our bodies deserve to be respected. This is why Free the Nipple is a good thing, and just the push women need to overcome the basic inequalities we face everyday. (Hogle, Lillian. “5 Reasons We Need To Free The Nipple.” The Odyssey Online, 12 Nov. 2017, www.theodysseyonline.com/reasons-we-need-to-free-the-nipple.)