Going Topless? The Naked Truth About Women and Bare Breasts

Janet Jackson got a bum rap! Or is that “boob” rap?

You remember the furor over Michael’s little sister and the infamous flash seen round the world at the Super Bowl a few years ago?

CBS is still trying to recover from the whole incident; it is also trying to recover some cash after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made their pockets light a few dollars over the entire affair.

Jackson has yet to recover from her “flash” in the pan, but amazingly Justin Timberlake’s career has skyrocket proclaiming to “bring sexy back.” Right.

Should Women Be Allowed By Law To Show Their Breasts in Public?

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The old double standard at work

I see a double standard here.

Timberlake can look good with his wet t-shirt photo on the Rolling Stones and no one even throws a stone at his bare chest image. Jackson shows one breast and you thought Western Civilization would crumble before our eyes. It is the breast that has kept many a child in our culture alive through their infant days.

It is the breast that is viewed as “dirty” and “unclean”. It is time for our Western Culture to drop the double standard, get a grip at what is “dirty”, and allow women everywhere the right to choose to let their breast free or not.

Breast gets such a bad rap sometimes as either visually distracting to men (and some women) or they treat women with smaller size breast with disregard. If you are a mother breast-feeding your child, then you are treated as if you are a topless dancer; if you are woman who chooses to flash your breast you can be charged with “indecent exposure” inciting a “riot” with their breast.

Guys can let their chest out for as long as they want without a question; women showing their breast out in public are treated with disregard over their choice of letting their girls out. Trust me, there are times I wonder if men and their breast size should put on a bra and over their mammary sacks up?

More of the double standard

Here’s more of the double standard for you: How is it its okay to read a nature magazine or watching something on television of a developing country and its okay for their women to walk around without their breast covered (which they do this without a worry about “sin” or “exposure” or “indecency”) but people flip out if their favorite star walks out of a shower with their breast exposed?

How about Hollywood studios paying money to their new young starlets to bare their breast as a “right of passage” but they won’t even give a starlet who chooses not to share their breast to the world the time of day? And why is it our arts community celebrate the beauty of the female form on canvas, sculpture and photos showing the naked breast where if you even show a picture of one exposed on an ad or in a magazine you risk censorship by readers or government?

Even in the Bible, Solomon encouraged those men in commitment and relationships to enjoy the breast of their beloved and not to go after the breast of someone outside of the intimacy circle  (see Proverbs 5:19). So how can it be a “sin” for a woman to take off her shirt and allow her “girls” some room to breathe?

Isn’t it time we decriminalize the breast for women? Shouldn’t it be the choice of a woman to be able to dictate when and where it is okay to take off their shirts and when not to? Do we see women as incapable of making such choices and see them as “fragile” in need of care and protection?

Trust me I made that mistake recently at a party giving evil eyes at men who I thought were after my girl. She would later sit me down to tell me, “I know you mean well and are looking out for me, but I was in this by myself dealing with guys far more lurching than you will ever imagine. Trust me to take care of myself and know I am not going off with another man without your permission.” I think this is the crux of the problem.

If men can prance around with their chest exposed and not a word of protest goes out to them then should women’s mammary have the same exposure too? And if so, can we as a society grow up and accept them for what they are: the crowning beauty of creation?

Breaking the myth of the female breast

In researching for this article, I found out there is a movement breaking the myth of the female breast being nothing but just sexual glands. The Topfreedom movement is a worldwide push by women to allow women the right to bare breast and to demystify the mammary as just “titillation devices”.

California, Hawaii, New York, and Ohio to name a few are just a few states in America allowing topfree women (however, law enforcement can still arrest you on “disorderly conduct” charges)

I think women should be proud and able to shed their tops and have their breast treated as something more than sexual objects. In fact, I can’t think of any other way to end this than to give comedian Rusty Warren the floor:

Bounce your boobies, get into the swing.
Bounce your boobies, the swing is everything.
Makes no difference if they’re big or small,
As long as you – ooh! – give ‘em your all.

(From the song, “Bounce Your Boobies”)

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