I think it’s awesome that the Free the Nipple campaign has brought attention to gender equality and body image, but I do worry that images of demonstrators will create the association that every woman who appears bare-chested in public is an angry protester. Not me! I don’t go bare-chested because I feel angry. I go bare-chested because I wish to feel light and happy and free.
I don’t begrudge the protesters at all. Without them the message would be forgotten. Protesters have changed the laws to protect gender equality. But in order for female bare-chestedness to be accepted socially as opposed to legally, which is a far more subtle and difficult challenge, bare breasts must stop being the focus of attention. Waving signs that basically say, “Don’t look at my breasts!” can confuse observers.
I have instead chosen to simply appear bare-chested in…
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