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The Insignificance of the ‘Free the Nipple’ movement

Free the Nipple Movement

Free the Nipple Movement

Free the Nipple Movement

Nicte Hernandez

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Multiple protests have taken place throughout the world to show their support for gender equality through going topless in public.

Free the Nipple movement has been in the media increasingly since Lina Esco directed the “Free the Nipple” film which started the whole movement back in 2014.

My question here is, are there not bigger issues to support that will gain women the equality they are seeking? Is being able to go topless in public more critical than breaking the glass ceiling?

Of course not, but in my opinion hitting the streets topless is telling the world that having the right to free the nipple is the number one priority in attempting to achieve gender equality when in reality such a movement is doing very little for women.

According to Inquisitr, supporters of the Free the Nipple campaign hope to highlight and eliminate the sexual objectification of the female breast and believe that the female breast is not a sexual organ, and any use sexually is secondary to their natural function.

We are too focused on less important issues such as the Free The Nipple movement. We can not put the focus on our bodies and expect gender equality to come out of it. If anything the complete opposite will happen, the focus will once again be on the female body instead of our skills and significant intellectual attributions to society.

While the female breast does have a primary non-sexual function, why are far more significant issues being ignored?

According to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar, research has shown that companies with three or more women on their boards scored higher on a number of performance metrics than companies with fewer female board members.

So if studies show that women are a great asset to a company. Why are only 16.6 percent of board seats held by women according to Fortune 500 Companies? Whereas in Norway, it is required that 40 percent of board seats must be held by women.

The Census Bureau recorded that 29.9 percent of men in 2014 attained a bachelor’s degree or higher while 30.2 percent of women had. If more women are pursuing a higher education why are men taking on most leadership positions?

Focusing on the right to go topless in public is teaching younger generations that being able to expose their bodies freely is more important than pursuing a CEO position. Or that rulings like the Stanford rapist case only require minimal protest, since having the right to legally bear all is number one on today’s feminist’s agenda.

Such protests are not the way to go about achieving gender equality in the 21st century. These causes we are pursuing put more of a focus on our bodies which is the complete opposite of what we need right now.

We should be working to protect our bodies and not let judges like Aaron Persky let them be seen as merely sexual objects to be taken advantage of. Fighting for the right to expose our bodies in public is going about this completely wrong.

While America has become the number one destination for sex traffickers to bring their victims, the gender wage gap has seen little to no progress and men are still only given about seven days of paternity leave. Modern feminists and media have overlooked all of this and have focused on legally being able to free the nipple.

So will activists continue to pursue gender equality through achieving the right of freely exposing their bodies? Or will somebody see the insignificance of such a movement compared to much more meaningful issues we face today?

Nicte Hernandez can be reached at [email protected] or @theorion_news on Twitter.


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3 Responses to “The Insignificance of the ‘Free the Nipple’ movement”

  1. Youreafuckhead on October 1st, 2016 2:35 am

    Whoever wrote this article, Nicte, you’re an ignorant piece of shit

  2. MaleMatters on October 1st, 2016 8:37 am

    Re: ” Why are only 16.6% of board seats held by women according to Fortune 500 Companies? Whereas in Norway, it is required that 40% of board seats must be held by women.”

    In Norway, it’s mandated. In the U.S., it’s choice, and even today far more women than men prefer to be married to a CEO or boardmember, and far more men than women had rather be one than married to one.

    “Compared to men, women view professional advancement as equally attainable, but less desirable”

    “…[O]nly 35 percent of women who have earned MBAs after getting a bachelor’s degree from a top school are working full time.” It “is not surprising that women are not showing up more often in corporations’ top ranks.”

    For a deeper look at the gender dynamic:

    “The Doctrinaire Institute for Women’s Policy Research: A Comprehensive Look at Gender Equality”

  3. Lowell Haffner on July 26th, 2017 8:18 pm

    The significance of breast freedom.

    As a man now sixty three years old, I find it curious that any woman would denigrate the idea of any equality as insignificant. I have been a nudist for many years now, and I know that when exposed to nude equality at a resort, the women stop being sex objects quickly as the nudity becomes normal. For that matter everyone gets used to the nudity and it no longer being ‘dirty’, or sexual, it is just comfort. Why is it that you don’t condemn men going around without a shirt, as you do women? Could you be reinforcing a double standard?
    If you think about it, if women walked around wherever they wanted without covering their breasts, men would see female breasts the same as male breasts and they would no longer hold them up as objects that arouse. Fewer women would see the need to mutilate their bodies with breast implants, topless and nude ‘gentlemen’s clubs would become obsolete quickly, and a woman’s mode of dress would no longer be held up as an excuse for rapists to explain their behavior. Think about it, please!
    Free the nipple is not just a gimmick to get attention. it is a step toward equality for women. Would I let my daughter go around with her breasts exposed? She has been a nudist for nearly as long as I have. I don’t see it as embarrassing for either of us and certainly not sexual. If she were allowed to by law, I wouldn’t fear having her walk topless next to me downtown, at all. Especially if she were making a statement to the world that she is the equal of any man out there.

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