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Free the Nipple Movement Shows the Banality of Modern Feminism

The civil rights issues of our time? Please.

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Nothing demonstrates the banality of the modern feminist movement more than its confusion over boobs—as in women's breasts, not Republicans. On one hand, a Democratic lawmaker wants to force airports to provide special lactating rooms for nursing mothers, presumably so that they don't have to violate their modesty and breastfeed in public. On the other hand, they have launched the "free the nipple movement" because, apparently, women need to have the same equality as men to go topless in public. Some have even called this the "civil rights issue" of our time.

But, I note in my column at The Week:

Free the Nipple activists accuse society of a double standard for allowing men to show their breasts but not women. "Why are we more offended and outraged by female nipples than male nipples?" one demands to know.

But the fact is that their movement itself is based on a double standard. Indeed, if they were interested in genuine sexual equality, they wouldn't just fight for the right to go topless, but all laws against indecent exposure. So why don't they? Maybe because they realize that allowing strange men to swing their schlongs in streets would be neither comfortable nor safe for women…

One of the (many) problems with the modern feminist movement is that it constantly negates its own arguments because it can't decide what serves its cause better: Victorian prudishness or Bacchanalian libertinism.

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  1. I hate to say it but you’re going to get me in trouble with article pictures like that. We have a very prudish internet use policy at work.

    1. I use Stylish to remove all pictures at work.

    2. As the only IT guy at work, I can pretty much look at whatever I want with no consequence. Truly one of the only perks of my incredibly shitty job.

    3. I’m all for a ban on panties.

    4. I doubt your IT guys have time to go through and review every picture that gets pulled by someone’s browser.

  2. Indeed, if they were interested in genuine sexual equality, they wouldn’t just fight for the right to go topless, but all laws against indecent exposure. So why don’t they? Maybe because they realize that allowing strange men to swing their schlongs in streets would be neither comfortable nor safe for women?

    Lest anyone get the wrong idea, I want you to know that I definitely think guys should be allowed to whip their dick out in public.

    Unsafe? What is this, a college campus?

    1. Principals, not principles.

      1. “One of the (many) problems with the modern feminist movement is that it constantly negates its own arguments because it can’t decide what serves its cause better: Victorian prudishness or Bacchanalian libertinism.”

        There’s no confusion. Men are evil. “Confusion” results when activists attempt to cloak demands in rhetoric deemed more politically effective than the frank truth.

        “I demand the right to show my boobs in public whenever and wherever i want, but I demand it be a felony for a man to see my boobs absent my explicit, ongoing permission.”

    2. Fashion Forward

      1. Warning to UCS: Do *not* click on that at work.

      2. So progressive.

      3. Literally cool. Looks comfortable.

    3. Lest anyone get the wrong idea, I want you to know that I definitely think guys should be allowed to whip their dick out in public.

      Finally someone on the side of good. Nikki is the best.

    4. Dick out is probably safer if anything.

    5. Penises are weapons. Which is why after they’re done repealing the second amendment they’re going to add a new one requiring all males to have their penises removed. Gotta disarm the pubic. I mean public. Maybe I did mean pubic?

  3. Free the Nipple Movement Shows the Banality of Modern Feminism

    You make it sound like this is the last straw: “Nipple movement ? ok, now it’s banal!”

  4. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a 47-year-old Illinois Democrat and a new mom, sponsored a bill this week requiring breastfeeding areas at airports. But public spending won’t cure public squeamishness about exposed breasts, the root cause of the problem. Meanwhile, the Free the Nipple movement, which for years now been trying to cure this squeamishness, spews so many juvenile and fanciful theories that it has little appeal for mature women.

    Thanks, Dalmia, for coopting #FreeTheNipple as yet another fucking pro-breastfeeding campaign, no, sorry, fuck you. This isn’t about the fucking children.

    1. Heh. When the breastfeeding nazis jumped on me, I told them my milk didn’t come in. Neither did my mother’s or my aunts’ or my cousins.

      THEM: “You didn’t try hard enough.”

      ME: “So?how are those antidepressants for your postpartum working out for you?”

      THEM: *crickets*

      Man, I hate those people.

      1. Rest assured, if you vote for Hillary your milk will come in.

  5. teh bewbies… they are microagressing me!

    By forcing me to look, I’m a rapist.

    1. If my liberal Twitterfeed is anything to go by, THAT is a legitimate concern. /nosarc

  6. I like tits. Just saying.

    1. Yeah. Tits are really tits!

    2. Me too, even the questionable ones on the right. I’m down for tits. In fact, viewing even small jpg tits has made me forget what the article was about.

  7. Um, how about a little courtesy for people whose companies have IT policies against sloppy titties?

    At least say NSFW in the main page story and show the bean bags in the article,only. Also, a NSFF(apping) heads up would have been nice too.

  8. allowing strange men to swing their schlongs in streets

    I’ve never known Warty to ask permission. Just sayin’.

    1. STEVE SMITH ALSO NOT ASK – STEVE SMITH JUST TAKE.

  9. But the fact is that their movement itself is based on a double standard. Indeed, if they were interested in genuine sexual equality, they wouldn’t just fight for the right to go topless, but all laws against indecent exposure. So why don’t they?

    Huh?

    What double standard? Where are women allowed to bare their vulvas that men cannot bare their penes?

  10. That picture. They should have superimposed their heads on that Lena Headey body double if they want more of the public on board than repulsed.

    1. NO SPOILERS

      1. You’re not the hand of the king of me.

    2. DON’T TALK SHIT ABOUT LENA HEADEY

    3. Your internet rights are forfeited for that disparaging comment about Lena.

  11. I’d say like 99.9% of people can’t/won’t walk around nude anyway either out of modesty or due to weather conditions, so I personally think such laws are unnecessary.

    1. I personally think saggy tits should not be permitted to be exposed. That’s just wrong. And probably in the Bible too.

    2. Ever been to a nude beach or a swingers club? Believe me, the people who most need to stay covered are the first ones to get nekkid.

      1. The opposite is true at a gay nude beach.

  12. This is related to the raisin story somehow, isn’t it….

  13. Here’s a little story from my high school days. A teacher lost control of her class and was beside herself pleading the students settle down. A sympathetic student (Bobby was his name), overcome with sudden empathy, got up and said, “It’s okay teach. I got this.’ He proceeded to whip his pipi out and began to bang it repeatedly on the teacher’s desk shouting, ‘Order in the class! Don’t you people have any class?’

    Lemme tell ya. Total and immediate silence.

    1. The fuck is a “pipi?” You Canadians are weird.

      1. In the winter they wear a longstocking on it.

  14. Please don’t use the lazy “some have even called” journalism trope.

    I get an urge to retch just thinking about it.

  15. One of the (many) problems with the modern feminist movement is that it constantly negates its own arguments because it can’t decide what serves its cause better: Victorian prudishness or Bacchanalian libertinism.

    Agree with this.

    And I think public nudity should be accepted. BECAUSE IT’S 100 FUCKING DEGREES OUT THERE!!

    *rocks back and forth*only 3 more months til fall only three more months til fall only three more months til fall

    1. Do you not have access to a pool and cool drink?

      1. Not for 40 hours a week during the hottest part of the day (at least for now – still waiting for the axe to fall)

        1. You work outside? The humanity!

          1. My office doesn’t have a pool or bar.

            1. Oh. Well time to change careers I say.

    2. NOOOO!!!! I’m enjoying the three months of the year where the temp is consistently above freezing where I live.

  16. lactating rooms

    Sounds like something out of Poltergeist.

    1. The walls of the 53rd precinct are bleeding lactating.

  17. I think we’re gearing up for a cat fight between Dalmia and ENB.

    https://reason.com/blog/2015/06…..le-protest

    My money’s on Ms. Brown.

    1. Dalmia weapon is obviously that 32 they were marketing towards Indian women. What is ENB’s?

      1. Dalmia’s a 32?

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  19. Do we really want to see Caitlyn Jenner topless?

  20. Free the Nipple activists accuse society of a double standard for allowing men to show their breasts but not women.

    That double standard only goes so far. Witnessed this on a city bus the other day: the driver told a male standing on the corner that he was not allowed on the bus unless he put a shirt on.

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