In the spring 2015 issue of Bitch magazine (a feminist publication), there is overview of the Free the Nipple picture. Like many other reviews of the film, it questioned some implausible plot points and poor writing.
But that is not all. The writer of the article, A.A.I., starts off by dismissing Free the Nipple as a cause worthy of our focus.
She wrote that while she found it completely foolish that girls can’t go topfree wherever men can,
Yeah, why are we talking about nipples when there’s homelessness and police brutality and starving kids 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 issue A is more important than dilemma B, we should so forget about B entirely and focus on A instead.
It is called a fallacy because the argument lacks cogency. It is a thoughtless manner of trying to shut down http://troyxxx.com/tube/beach/beach-erotic-videos.php about a certain topic or problem.
Folks, including feminists, attempt to use this argument constantly in regards to topfree equality. I have been a subscriber to Bitch for a while now and while I still believe they do great work, I was surprised and disappointed to see this obtuse way of thinking coming from a well-revered feminist publication.
You could employ the fallacy argument to any kind of social dilemma (feminist or other).
Anyone could claim that sexist dress codes in schools aren’t as significant of an issue as domestic violence against girls. Or that women’s representation in the media is not as significant as stopping female genital mutilation.
But herein lie the false assumptions that there’s some objectively determined hierarchy of feminist dilemmas. And that to bring about change, we need to address particular problems in a chronological order one by one and only when one problem was remedied can we move on to the following.
The reality is that lots of people care about or are invested in distinct causes simultaneously. There’s no actual or set hierarchy. When people talk about topfree equality, no one is saying that it is the most significant issue facing women right now or that we need to discount all the causes to realize it.
The other issue with the hierarchy approach is that it assumes that difficulty A and difficulty B are mutually exclusive and not connected. But equality problems are oftentimes linked, even when they don’t seem to be.
In the case of topfreedom, it shouldn’t be challenging to see the direct connection this problem has to sexual objectification, street harassment, slut-shaming, problems around public breastfeeding, and how it’s part of a long history of society’s effort to police women’s bodies and sexuality.
Free the Nipple: same arguments, different decade meme
To give women 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 deconstructing traditional patriarchal gender roles that say women must be modest and chaste. Topfree equality means challenging the idea a woman’s state of pussy beach or undress determines her authorization, sexuality or even her worth as a person.
The Free the Nipple movie may have done a less than stellar job of communicating these thoughts, but that isn’t any reason to ignore its whole campaign or message.
Anyone who believes in equality should know that there is worth in fighting inequality on every level. You can make a difference in fighting for whatever cause(s) they are enthusiastic about. There is loads of room for everyone, especially at the gender equality table.
Even if 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 blowing off others’ ideas, thoughts and feelings.
Free the Nipple also touches upon a number of other problems. Anyone can use it as a starting point for launching their own conversations about equality.
This article about Free the Nipple and the Fallacy of Comparative Privation was published by – Young Naturists & Nudists America
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