A woman’s boobs are always up for debate. Why is it OK for guys to walk around topless but not women? Topfreedom is the term used to talk about how the law unfairly punishes women for being bare-chested while men are free to flaunt their boobs in public, no questions asked. A woman’s breasts are perceived as obscene but a man’s chest is perfectly OK to be exposed on network television, movies, magazines, billboards on the sidewalk, at the beach, it doesn’t matter. What’s up with that?
It’s just another double standard invented to punish women for not being “modest,” while absolving men of taking responsibility for their actions. It’s the idea that a woman’s body is inherently bad because it’s a distraction to men, as opposed to the idea that a man’s objectification of a woman’s body is wrong. We have to cover up because they refuse to be better people. Thus we are brought to the subject of pasties and nipples for fashion. The three-quarter boob rule says it’s perfectly fine to have your boobs out as long as the nipple is covered (unless you’re poor Janet Jackson). It’s pretty daring to go braless in a world of perky breasts, it’s even more daring to have most of your boob exposed, but my question is why cover the nipple?
What is it about the nipple that brings something over the edge of gratuitousness? Now, most of these celebs who are sporting pasties have worn sheer shirts without them, so I’m not necessarily talking about these women specifically. Nevertheless, it seems as though if you’re on TV, for an award show let’s say, you can have your whole boob out as long as the nipple is covered. Is the nipple the final frontier of topfreedom? What is a nipple going to do exactly? What power does a nipple have? I saw Zac Efron’s nipple at the MTV VMA’s when Rita Ora ripped his shirt off and while I broke out into a fever sweat I certainly did not go out and commit any crimes or nefarious behavior. What does the world think is going to happen when a woman’s nipple is seen on national television? The only thing that is really going to happen is that One Million Moms will write letters saying, “How am I supposed to explain this to my kids?” To which I would say, “Your kids have nipples too. Maybe don’t rely on television to raise your children and talk to them if you want them to have the same values on you. You can write a letter but you can’t talk to your kids?”
Pasties have become a fashionable way of rebelling against the idea that women can’t show off their bodies in public. I certainly don’t think every woman on the planet needs to go full on nipple or even use the more subtle pastie in order to prove a point about feminism but I am glad we’re becoming more and more lax about these things altogether. In 20 years nipples will be on the Disney channel and 13-year-olds will be joking about how us lame adults took things too seriously.