Naked ambition

Women go topless, campaign for greater acceptance of bare breasts

(REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

Topless women – on the Internet, in book clubs in public parks, and working for money in Times Square – are starting a movement. In a new video by The New York Times, a group of advocates says that the growing #FreeTheNipple campaign is pushing for greater respect and equality for a woman’s right to bare her breasts in public the same way a man can go topless if he chooses. A book club that goes by the name The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society is shown meeting in a Brooklyn, New York, park, where they are gawked at and have the cops called on them while they laze around in the grass, breasts exposed.

A disapproving female bystander is seen posing the question: “What is there about showing so much of your breast exposed, except for excitement for a male?”

“Half of them are going to have them when they grow up, and all of them probably at some point sucked on them, so I don’t see why it should be such a big deal,” a book club member responds, laughing.

The women featured in the video, including topless workers in Times Square who paint their breasts and pose with tourists for photos, say that it should not be seen as sexual or wrong for a woman to go topless. They also criticize Facebook and Instagram for allowing men to post topless photos, but blocking out photos of women that show their nipples.

Read the full story and watch the video at The New York Times.

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