How is it, as a nation, that we slay Kim Kardashian for posting nude selfies under the guise of women empowerment, but we’re OK with having a national “Go Topless Day” in celebration of women empowerment and equal rights?
By Kelsey Straeter
From Umbrella Day to Guacamole Day, I thought I had just about heard it all when it came to wacky holidaysbut I was wrong.
In case you haven’t heard, “Go Topless Day” is coming up this Sunday, August 28, in celebration of women’s equality (it always falls on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day on August 26). That’s right, women in major cities in the U.S. and around the world will be free-boobing in the streets in order to take a stand for equal gender rights and squash the oppression of patriarchyand the President of the United States will be summoned to commemorate it.
My thoughts exactly.
The U.S.-based organization founded in 2007 declares on their website, “As long as men are allowed to be topless in public, women should have the same constitutional right. Or else, men should have to wear something to hide their chests.”
“FREE YOUR BREASTS! FREE YOUR MIND!”
Their words. Not mine.
Here’s the thing. I get that there are some bizarre subcultures that do crazy stuffall the time. Stuff like the Spelling Bee Protestors and Just Plane Stupid (yes those are real things)don’t really warrant much of our attention considering the one-off nature of their views.
But what really gets me is the surprising level ofacceptance and support that this movementhas started to receive.
You see this map? Though laws vary by city, the states in green are those where “topless freedom” is in effect.
We’re looking at about 75percentof the country there, folks, where this “topless equality” mentality has at least started to penetrate, and it’s gaining some serious national and worldwideattention.
Here is a list of the cities that will be participating so far:
Apparently it all started with this “Free the Nipple” movement, that is also known to be endorsed by celebrities like Chelsea Handler and Miley Cyrus (big shocker there), andit’s really started to gain a popular following.
Theyclaim that men being able to go topless is a complete “double standard” for women.
In fact, the president of the organization wrote these words in an open letter to President Obama:
“You once taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago, so you, of all people, are most aware that our claim is legitimate and that women in America are currently denied their constitutional rights under double-standard laws that force them to cover their chests in public while men dont have to do this.”
Well let me tell you about a “double standard” that I don’t understand…
How is it, as a nation, that we slay Kim Kardashian for posting nude selfies under the guise of women empowerment, but we’re OK with having a national“Go Topless Day” in celebration of women empowerment and equal rights?
We can’t be all, “Hey naked celebrity, you’re a bad example for our daughters,” one moment, and, “Hey girls, let’s go out and get naked in public in the name of women’s freedom,” the next.
It’s simply ludicrous. And so is the idea that weare oppressing women by “sexualizing” theirchest and forcing it to becovered up. You know why it’s sexualized? Because it is SEXUAL. News flash: Guys are incredibly sexually attracted to BOOBS. Always have been. Always will be. And us taking our tops off sure as heck isn’t gonna change thatit will only fuel the problem.
Shall we trade “oppression” for objectification?
I don’t think the porn industry needs any more help with that.
And if anyone thinks this “gender equality” is going to earn us more respect as women, let’s take go ahead and take a look at what the dudes have to say about thislatest trending holiday:
And let’s not forget about this guy who’ll be making his way to the freezer section in the name of gender equality…
So much for women’s rights, eh?
Phew, rant complete.
Now just to be clear, I’m well aware that there are plenty oflevel-headed people about there who are already aware that this istotally crazy pants, praise God. I didn’t expect this absurdity to be revelation knowledge.
But seriously America, all this hype and protesting over “Free the Nipple” when you could be championing for things like, oh I don’t know, “Free the Millions in Sex Trafficking.”
Instead of “Go Topless Day,” how about “Go Help a Syrian Refugee Day”?
There are things that matter and things that just don’t. Let’s teach our daughters to prioritize well and keep their focus on the things that will actually change this world for the better.
Andif this is the future of Americawe all betterkeep awayfrom the freezer section.
About the Author:Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. Shes passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.