The policing, sexualizing and editing of women's bodies is more complex than a hashtag can ever convey.
I'm intrigued by the reported trend that women are no longer wearing bras. Ditching your bra is supposed to make you feel more independent, liberated, and empowered.
Cover your body if you want, or show it off; but never let anyone tell you that your value as a person depends on what you choose.
Here's what I do know: talk is cheap. We repeat the mantra that "breast is best," but we give women few resources to breastfeed beyond a few weeks. We say we care about those with breast cancer by buying up pink products, but those efforts don't do much for those diagnosed with the deadliest form of the disease.
You don't know what it's like to be anyone but yourself, and you never will. Furthermore, you're not in a position to say whether or not any fight for social justice is "worth it." It is always worth it.
If men can barely control themselves around women who wear clothes in the workplace or on the street, how can a man control himself next to a woman who is not wearing a top and has exposed breasts and not one but two exposed nipples?
What makes a nipple "acceptable" to show? Hint: It's attached to a man.
Other celebrities to get behind Free The Nipple include Miley Cyrus and Lena Dunham. Most recently, Chrissy Teigen had NSFW
While I only had the courage to slip my bottoms off once in Spain, beneath the water, for about seven seconds, the truth is that it didn't take long for me to get used to the idea of letting the girls fly free. It felt so much better -- less sweaty, more breezy and a helluva lot more fair.
The protest quickly spread. Take a look: I'm always here for #FreeTheNipple @freethenipple pic.twitter.com/svEDuqGtsL — YourFavoriteAfrican