Free the Nipple & Why we’re talking about nipples when there are way bigger problems in society

In the springtime 2015 issue of Bitch magazine (a feminist publication), there is overview of the Free the Nipple film. Like many other reviews of the film, it questioned some implausible plot points and bad writing.
But that is not all. The writer of the content, A.A.I., starts off by ignoring Free the Nipple as a cause worthy of our focus.
She wrote that while she found it completely foolish that women can’t go topfree wherever guys can,
Free the Nipple movie poster
it’s unfortunate that Lina Esco’s directorial debut, Free the Nipple, which tries to champion the power of grassroots activism, must focus on an issue that is of so little effect when compared with the violence, poverty and injustice that many face on a daily basis.
Yeah, why are we talking about nipples when there is homelessness and police brutality and famished children in 3rd world countriesright?
This line of thinking is so common it has a name the Fallacy of Comparative Privation. It’s the argument that since problem A is more significant than dilemma B, we should consequently forget about B entirely and focus on A instead.
It’s called a fallacy because the argument lacks cogency. It’s a thoughtless way of trying to shut down a discussion about a specific subject or problem.
People, including feminists, try and use this argument all the time when it comes to topfree equality. I have been a subscriber to Bitch for some time now and while I still think they do great work, xnudism was surprised and disappointed to see this obtuse way of thinking coming from a well-revered feminist publication.
So let us talk about what’s wrong with the fallacy and why topfree equality and Free the Nipple do matter.
You could employ the fallacy argument to any type of social problem (feminist or other).
Anyone could assert that sexist dress codes in schools aren’t as important of an issue as domestic violence against women. Or that women’s representation in the media isn’t as significant as stopping female genital mutilation.
But herein lie the bogus assumptions that there’s some objectively driven hierarchy of feminist dilemmas. And that to bring about change, we need to address certain problems in a chronological sequence one by one and only when one problem has been redressed can we move to the next.
The reality is that many individuals care about or are invested in different causes simultaneously. There is no real or set hierarchy. When people talk about topfree equality, no one is saying that it is the most important issue facing girls right now or that we have to discount all the causes to reach it. The reality is that we can all care about small and large issues at the same time.
The other difficulty with the hierarchy strategy is that it assumes that difficulty A and trouble B are mutually exclusive and not linked. But equality problems are oftentimes connected, even when they do not appear to be.
In the instance of of topfreedom, it should not be hard to see the direct connection this problem has to sexual objectification, road harassment, slut-shaming, issues around public breastfeeding, and how it is part of a long history of society’s attempt to police women’s bodies and sexuality.
Free the Nipple: same arguments, different decade meme
To give girls the right to go topfree in people is a powerful statement. It means desexualizing the female body and viewing women as human beings rather than sex objects. It means giving women autonomy over their own bodies in addition to their sexuality and how they choose to express it.
It means deconstructing conventional patriarchal gender roles that say women must be modest and chaste. Topfree equality means challenging the notion that a girl’s state of dress or undress establishes her permission, sexuality or even her value as someone.
The Free the Nipple picture may have done a less than stellar job of conveying these notions, but that isn’t any reason to disregard its whole campaign or message.
Anyone who believes in equality should know that there is value in fighting inequality on every level. One can make a difference in fighting for whatever cause(s) they are enthusiastic about. There is loads of room for everyone, particularly at the gender equality table.
Even if it’s the case that you don’t feel drawn to the cause of topfree equality or do not care to go topless in public yourself, ever, you can still join the discussion without disregarding others’ ideas, thoughts and feelings.

Free the Nipple also touches upon a number of other problems. Anyone can utilize it as a starting point for launching their own discussions about equality.
This post about Free the Nipple and the Fallacy of Comparative Privation was published by – Young Naturists & Naturists America
Tags: breastfeeding, breasts, feminism, gender, modesty, movies, sexuality, topfreedom and topfree equality, topless / topfree, women
Class: Felicity’s Naturist Blog, Feminism and Women’s Problems and Human Rights, Social Activism
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