As someone who covers her breasts with both hands even when home alone, it was time I jump in and say what I think of the whole issue. Why breasts are completely fine but a single nip slip freaks everybody out? Whoever (I’m guessing a guy) came out and said that two things which look exactly the same on a male body and have nothing to do with sex or reproduction should be considered as obscene?
The most shocking thing I’ve ever seen about this nipple issue was Eleonora Carisi walking around in NY with a black mesh dotted blouse sans bra, years before Rumer Willis posed topless for her ‘Free The Nipple’ cause. From that moment on Eleonora Carisi, photographed by Scott Schuman, has been the bravest blogger of all time: she wasn’t a model, it wasn’t an editorial or a runway show but there she was, baring her beautiful breasts. I mean we can wear hotpants so short that our ass cheeks show themselves but not see-through shirts without a bra?
What is this thing about two little bumps that have no function other than breastfeeding and alarming us when it’s cold outside?
Latest stir was about 18 year old Kendall Jenner first showing nipple on Marc Jacobs F/W 2014 runway and then for a photo shoot for Interview magazine. Though I don’t even know if you can call it topless when she’s posing with a self made “hand” bra but apparently fashion websites, sometimes coming up with fraudulent headlines just for a couple more clicks, agreed that this was something that everyone NEEDS (always capitalized) to see not because she’s a beautiful model or it’s an artful editorial but because she’s “topless”.
Whose fault is it that people get aroused (or in some cases get furious) when they see the trace of a nipple behind a tight t-shirt or a triangle bikini? Why do we always have to restrain ourselves from feeling cold or wear an uncomfortable under garment even in summer when men have the freedom to wander without a shirt on?
I don’t believe that I could ever even sunbathe topless even if public display of nipples can be acceptable someday, but the world’s sexist reaction against natural nudity is deeply disturbing me. People should learn to see a nipple and move on with their lives.
One last word: banning Grace Coddington’s account because of a topless illustration? Or Jaime King’s account because of a photo she shared hugging her little son, clearly wearing a bikini top when looked carefully (but apparently is a nude, scandalous photo to some people)? Come on Instagram, it’s 2014… You should be able to distinguish pornography by now.
image sources: twitter, instagram, the sartorialist, harper’s bazaar, interview magazine, style.com, pinterest