The ‘Free the nipple’ movement fights a battle that is already won

Free the nipple picnic Brisbane PHOTO AMY MITCHELL-WHITTINGTON

Third wave feminists are fighting battles that were won a long time ago. Instead of focussing on women who are desperately in need of the rights that women in the West take for granted they instead come up with attention seeking stunts like the “Free the nipple” campaign. We already have nudist beaches and nudist camps for those who want to let it all hang out. Here in New Zealand as well as in the US and Australia women have the right to go partially or fully naked if they want to.

While these exhibitionists claim that equality is about being able to go bare chested like men, women like Lieutenant Commander Lorna Gray in New Zealand are quietly succeeding in a male-dominated organisation. The reason she can do that is because women have achieved equality in Western countries.


Thirty years ago women were forbidden to board naval ships – now they’re at the helm.

Gray will command the HMNZS Otago in the Pacific Islands over the next few months (file photo).

Gray will command the HMNZS Otago in the Pacific Islands over the next few months (file photo).

…The 34-year-old joined the Royal New Zealand Navy in 2005, and has worked as a warfare officer on board HMNZS Wakakura, HMNZS Manawanui and HMNZS Te Kaha.

She has completed numerous deployments in the Pacific and South East Asia regions, and two six-month tours of duty as a UN military observer in Syria and Lebanon.

…Gray enlisted at 22, after completing an honours degree in political science and English at the University of Otago.

There was “no pull to the Navy at all” – Gray said she thought she would end up working in diplomacy or policy analysis.

…”If the sky hadn’t opened at that moment just as I was walking past the recruiting bus I probably never would have joined the Navy.”

…While there have been other female commanding officers of warships, Gray is the first to lead an offshore vessel.

This week, Commander Lisa Hunn will take command of the Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Mana.

It will be Hunn’s second command – she was the last officer in command of HMNZS Takapu, a decommissioned inshore frigate.

“Women are coming in to these operational roles. What we’re seeing now is evolution,” Gray said.

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