Nipples are for babies, not for sex

Brittney Christ

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“Free the Nipple” is a film, an equality campaign and a mission to empower women across the world. The organization stands against female oppression and censorship,

In the United States today, it is illegal for women to be topless in 35 states, which includes breastfeeding.

As many people fail to remember breastfeeding is natural and is possible thanks to mammary glands.

News flash: Humans are mammals, and will therefore produce milk to feed their young. Hence, women breastfeed their babies.

Breasts and nipples are not sex organs, contrary to popular belief.

Yet, whipping out a breast and feeding a child is quite common in places such as Europe or Africa. In America, we have formed this stigma that breasts are sexual organs, or objects of sexual desire.

Why does America have this crazy stigma about breasts, yet other countries turn a blind eye to this? The answer may lie in the fact that everything in America is over-sexualized.

The Free The Nipple campaign is trying to change this. Not only is public breastfeeding normal in other countries, but other women even encourage it. They realize the health benefits to the mother and the baby.

In addition, this organization is also trying to beat the stigma of nipples in general, such as on Instagram or Facebook. Comedian Chelsea Handler is a supporter of the #FreeTheNipple movement, demanding female equality from social media sites.

This movement has been started as an outcry for female independence and equality. Women are being blatantly put down and are even subjected to violence in protests for this movement as shown in the film. Just for abiding by the NYC law that allows female toplessness, they are being subjected to violence and police escorts to the jail.

This is why it is urgent that as a society, we take a look at our views and remind ourselves what is truly important. We need to redefine our idea of obscenity to include a key procreation aspect of the female figure.

So what is more obscene to you: violence against women, or a nipple?