In 2012, a film was released titled "Free The Nipple," and the story followed a group of women and their efforts to raise awareness for gender inequality -- specifically, exploring the notion why men could go shirtless and women couldn't. Thus, a huge movement was ignited.
The mission behind Free The Nipple is, as described by their website, "to raise awareness and affect change in the areas of inequality of men and women that are still being experienced in the world today." This movement spread like wildfire when the film was released, and people rallied and protested for change all over the world. It was a controversial topic, but thousands of women -- and even men -- fought for the equality they have a right to. However, it's now 2017, and though this movement is still around and fought for, it should be talked about and fought for as much as it was in 2012.
Why is it that men are allowed to walk around shirtless, and no one bats an eyelash, but if women were to do that, it would cause a public uproar? Why can men go in public without a shirt on, but if women were to, they are very likely to be arrested for "indecent exposure"?
Where has this divide come from?
There shouldn't be anything offensive about breasts.
Anatomically, the breast is the tissue overlying the chest or pectoral muscles. Women's breasts are made of fatty tissue and glandular tissue that has the ability to produce milk. Men have mammary glands and nipples just as women do. The only difference between male and female breasts is that during puberty, estrogen signals fatty tissue to grow in the breast area in females, and this doesn't happen in males.
This is literally the only difference. Male breasts, due to their mammary glands, actually have the ability to lactate, just as women's do. So why are women's breasts considered so sexual -- so provocative -- when the only thing that differs them from men's chests is literally fat?
There is such a stigma against women's bodies, and it is so sickening.
It needs to end. Now, it's understandable if you're not the type of person to prance around the beach without a bikini top on, but women should indefinitely have that right if they please to. It's about equality, and that's it. It's that simple.