Toplessness

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 »

Jihad we can all believe in

This is the kind of jihad I can believe in:

[M]embers of Ukrainian feminist group Femen staged protests across Europe as they called for a “topless jihad.” The demonstrations were in support of a young Tunisian activist named Amina Tyler. Last month, Tyler posted naked images of herself online, with the words “I own my body; it’s not the source of anyone’s honor” written on her bare chest. The head of Tunisia’s “Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice,” reportedly called for Tyler to be stoned to death for her putatively obscene actions, lest they lead to an epidemic. Tyler has since gone quiet, leading some to fear for her safety.

Below are some images from Femen’s protests in Sweden, Italy, Ukraine, Belgium, and France. A warning, nearly every photo depicts nudity, and most contain offensive language. I did warn you so don’t go moaning in the comments about it.? Read more »

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