Sexualization

A deep philosophic argument that needs thorough discussion

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Apparently, according to advocates of female toplessness, current laws enforce damaging views of women’s bodies.

A thorough understanding of pro-topless advocates? concerns requires going beyond the issue of legal consistency. Part of what topless advocates object to in gender unequal topless laws are the implications of the underlying messages the laws could be (perhaps unwittingly) reinforcing.

The problem, as Reena Glazer?wrote?in the?Duke Law Journal?in 1993, is that laws like that in the 1986 case are ?written solely to take into account potential viewers. The focus is on the male response to viewing topless women; there is no focus on the female actor herself.? The implication, she argued, particularly when laid next to the statute?s ?exemption for topless entertainment? is that ?what might arouse men can only be displayed when men want to be aroused.? By contrast, ?men are free to expose their chests ? with no consideration of the impact on possible viewers.?

Yeah, it is outrageous that women find themselves constrained in this manner by the law.? Read more »

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