Great question. And thus, the #FreeTheNipple movement was born. Are you in?
If you’re a man, you probably don’t think much about your nipples. And why should you? Hardly anybody notices them, or has rules about them, or asks you to cover them up—except in obvious places, like at the office or in Victoria’s Secret.
I’m a woman, so mine are obscene, indecent, lewd, banned on Instagram and other social media, and against the law in most places.
I am writing this story on a park bench just outside of Chicago. If I took my shirt and bra off right now, Illinois law says it would be an act of public indecency. It would be considered a lewd exposure of my body done with intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desire of another person. That’s a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. And because it’d be considered a sex offense, I may even have to register as a sex offender.
But you guys? You go right ahead and take your shirt off, join me on this park bench, walk down the street, post selfies on Instagram, and otherwise flaunt your little pink nips. Heck, you can even rub them with your fingers like you’re reenacting a scene from Showgirls. No one will care.
I will be over here putting an X of black tape over mine; camouflaging the very heart of my areola will keep me out of jail.
To better understand this nipple double standard—and find out what it’s going to take for American men and women to have equal nipple rights—we asked a handful of experts to weigh in on the gender disparity.
Source: Mens Health
Original publication 10 July, 2015
Posted on NatCorn 24th April 2021
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