Public Nudity as a Social Movement
Should women across the globe bare all and #freethenipple? A campaign that began in 2014 that fights for gender equality across the globe. The campaign started with the Free The Nipple documentary that sheds light how in the United States it is illegal to bare a nipple, even while breast feeding in thirty five states. While also bringing to attention the issues with all gender inequalities.
“The issues we’re addressing are equal rights for men and women, a more balanced system of censorship, and legal rights for all women to breastfeed in public.” http://freethenipple.com
This movement isn’t about trying to gain attention to not have to wear a bra, but to draw attention to a greater issue of a mother who needs to feed her hungry child even if in public in the United States. There have been many major female celebrities that have been posting on social media and using their fame to force people to talk about the issue, ladies such as Miley Cyrus, Leah Dunham, and Cara Delevingne. But far right conservative male law makers have a different opinion on the subject.
“It’s a shame that some folks are more concerned with exposing their breasts in public places than they are concerned about how families and children may be impacted by being forced to experience this evolving societal behavior,” State Rep. Brian Gallagher (R)
But does representative Gallagher have a point? The #freethenipple movement/campaign has caused a lot of disturbances where the women campaign in the streets of New York City, a disturbance even though it is legal to be topless there. The disturbance, has been that men have threatened sexual violence against the women campaigning such as in this case in Brisbane, Australia.
A sensitive and controversial issue that women are trying to draw attention to has become one of the most well known social movements of the past few nights. With the official campaign twitter page exceeding a hundred and seventy thousand followers many people have something to say about the gender equality issue this movement is shedding a light on, but as for a movement that gains attention, this movement has done so bared nipples and all.