I write for HubPages but have gotten tired of their prudish attitude to do with anything sexual or adult. So I am removing posts which I had written there or planned to write there. I don’t need to listen to anyone’s ideals of what is too adult here.
It’s all good until someone pokes a nipple out.
In July this year (2012) it will be twenty one years since Gwen Jacob fought for the right to bare breasts for women in Ontario, Canada.
There are so many issues connected to such a simple thing as bare chests.
- Breastfeeding in public and the exposing of the female breast in a public place.
- Male and female equality.
- Old ideas of women’s breasts as being sinful, dirty rather than natural.
- Our own feelings of having or wanting to hide our breasts.
- Nudity in general. Naturism, the right to full nudity anywhere.
- Violence against women. You may not think this is relevant, but it is.
- Dress codes – there are places where no one should be bare chested.
- Sex workers who get paid to remove clothing as a career.
- Nudity in art.
- Sex sells and it’s almost always a woman being sold for sexy ads.
- Virginity and being a good girl versus a ‘slut’.
- Feminism and the whole bra wearing versus bra burning thing.
- The lingerie and fashion industry.
- Breast cancer – are you still topless if your breasts aren’t there?
- Exposing breasts as an attention getting tactic during protests.
Gwen Jacob in the News
- Women’s topless court victory 20 years later – CBC News
When university student Gwen Jacob removed her top to cool off on a sweltering summer day in July 1991, she unwittingly spearheaded a movement to give all women in Ontario the legal right to expose their breasts — though most still choose not to.
Women Go Topless in Ontario
- Topfree Equal Rights Association
- Where and when you can go topless in Ontario, and what it has to do with UFOs | National Post
- TheRecord.com – Spectators outnumber bare-breasted women at Guelph’s Top Freedom Day of Pride event
- GuelphMercury – Guelph topless festival gaining support
- NiagaraThisWeek Article: Breast of intentions
- Toronto News: Bust out your breasts in Guelph – thestar.com
- Women’s Top-free rights entrenched in Ontario | Federation of Canadian Naturists
- Guelph women go topless to celebrate the right to bare breasts | Digital Journal
- Breast of Canada
Public Exposure and Indecency
There is nothing in this post which a child could not read. I have not written anything pornographic or adult. I have not added an image even as I write this. Yet this post has been automatically blocked by HubPages – just for using the word breast and/ or topless.
Earlier this month I wanted to post nude ASCII art. But, even the hint of a breast in the post was too much to be acceptable. After trying to work with HubPages restrictions I removed the post (after a second re-edit) and posted the content to my own site instead. I was disappointed in HubPages. As a fairly old fashioned, romantic and traditional woman there was nothing in the post which I found overly adult, offensive or exposed.
Why are we so intimidated by a woman’s breasts? Are women’s breasts dirty? Are women’s breasts naughty and meant to sell cars, beer and pornographic magazines only?
I like my breasts. I will probably not expose them in public because the idea of showing more of myself than I have to is set deeply in my mind. I’m not young, slim and twenty any more. But, I admire those who follow up on the protest by taking off their shirt and going topless.
Topless, Cleavage and Barechested
Barechested most commonly refers to a male wearing no clothes above the waist, exposing much or all of the torso. It is also known as “stripped to the waist” or “being shirtless”. The term topless is usually applied only to women.
Toplessness refers to the state in which the breasts, areolae, and nipples of a woman or post-pubescent girl are exposed, especially in a public venue or in a visual medium.
Why are women described as showing breasts, areolae and nipples. Men have the same biological parts but are only described as being unclothed above the waist. Are topless women only showing breasts but keeping the rest of their bodies covered? No. So, an interesting interpretation between men and women from Wikipedia, isn’t it.
The Right to Bare Breasts Outside of Ontario
- Dead Bra Day
- Going Braless
- Bra Free for Health
- Breasts – sexual or for breastfeeding babies?
- The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society
- Topfreedom – should women go topfree in public?
- Uncovered | Jordan Matter Photography
- Your Right To Bare Breasts | Kitsch Slapped
- Should Bare Breasts Be Legal in the U.S.?
- Vancouver activist Emma Kwasnica speaks up for breastfeeding moms | Vancouver, Canada | Straight.com
- Facebook breastfeeding ban: Vancouver mom Emma Kwasnica takes on social network’s nudity policy | Ne
- EV Grieve: There is a woman who has been walking around the East Village topless
- A Brief Conversation with a Topless New Yorker About Her Outfit – Racked NY
- Femen Activists Get Naked to Raise Political Awareness – SPIEGEL ONLINE
- Breasts Not Bombs (No updates since 2009).
- Free USA Boobies
We are a US organization, claiming that women have the same constitutional right to be bare chested in public places as men.
Comments from the original post on HubPages.
That Grrl 3 days ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada
I like for men and women to cover up. But it should be voluntary, as you say Mike. I wish the young women would be as covered up as the men they are with. Young men wear shorts about knee length and T-shirts. I think it’s weird that young men are dressed well and the young women look like they forgot to put their clothes on.
Mike 4 days ago
I think it is attractive when a woman covers her breasts voluntarily because breasts would be boring if they were exposed all the time. Women are smart for doing this and I thank them.
That Grrl 7 weeks ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Actually there is every way a male chest can be compared to a female chest. We have all the same parts. Women’s breasts just pop out in a different way. Men can have bigger chests or breasts too if they gain weight or lift weight to gain muscles.
The main issue is one of society and our cultural standards. I don’t especially support women going bare chested. But, I don’t support men taking off their shirts in public either. I don’t like the way young women dress with most of their curves hanging out of their clothing meanwhile the young men look over dressed by comparison.
I do think people should dress as they choose, within reason. I don’t think the human body is something which needs to be kept hidden, like a dirty secret. But, I don’t think we need to expose ourselves either. Clothing has a purpose beyond being decorative or keeping our butts from sticking to the seat or preventing a lot of insect bites, etc. There is nothing wrong with some modesty on the part of the clothes wearer or the people viewing other people.
It’s not a simple issue. I actually think it’s pretty complicated and very interesting.
katyzzz 7 weeks ago from Sydney, Australia
There’s no way a male chest can be compared with female breasts, we need to recognise that fact, personally I don’t want to expose my breasts for every Tom Dick and Harry but then again I don’t want to see female breasts either except for breast feeding, I think you present a minority view and a dress code for work for women is definitely due, from what I see going off to work each day, that way they will never get on, the men do dress appropriately on the whole and accept it. Equality