Friday, March 27, 2015

Free the Nipple

I recently learned about a cool new campaign called "Free the Nipple." It's a "film, an equality movement, and a mission to empower women across the world." The movement "stands against female oppression and censorship, both in the United States and around the globe." The issues the campaign addresses are "equal rights for men and women, a more balanced system of censorship, and legal rights for all women to breastfeed in public."

All very good causes in my opinion, the sort of inherent silliness and arguable triviality of the name notwithstanding. (It lacks the gravitas of, say, "Free Tibet").

Still, readers of O.H.M. know that "feminism," whatever that is, is a topic I like to explore on this blog. I've written pretty openly about vaginas, periods, female masturbation, dieting, cosmetic surgery, aging, cougars, women crying at work, child birth, breastfeeding, censorship, the objectification of women, and various hypocracies and double-standards to which women are held every single day of their lives.

Now it's time for O.H.M. to give the nipple its own special moment in the sun. 

The female nipple is highly sexualized in our culture for who knows what reason. It's constantly being plastered over with pasties, pixels, piety, and pretend propriety. But really, it's basically a baby's dinner plate. That's all it is. And it's no big deal. 

I am showing my burgeoning support for this movement with the following cryptic picture, that could be a grainy black and white photo of a U.F.O. from Area 51. Or it could be an aerial (areolal?) satellite image of a Super Fund site.

But it might just be a nipple. Maybe even a human nipple. Maybe even a female human nipple. Maybe even . . . dun dun DUN!! ... my nipple? 

I will neither confirm nor deny. All I will say is: free the nipple.

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