If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know Cassidy Nicosia was the trailblazer for topless equality in Keene with her walk down Main St. in 2009. She posted the following thoughts as a comment on the recent Topless Tuesday thread, and I thought her words deserved to be heard as a guest blog post:
I don’t understand why people think bare breasts are so “wrong”. The human body is beautiful, and if men are allowed to walk around topless, so should women.
My breasts are not pornographic, and not made for the eyes of lovers. They are a harmless, life-giving part of my body. I am biologically engineered with breasts to feed my child, not to gain attention from suitors.
Society has perverted what women’s breasts are seen as to enforce puritanical thought processes. The idea that woman is inherently a temptress, and all actions by her are to lure in the unsuspecting, innocent male. That’s ridiculous. And we need to stop teaching our children this; enforcing these narrow-minded ideals, and using the gun of the government to get what we want. Anyone should be able to look at a woman topless in public and barely think about it, the same way it is with men. It happens, and it’s not a big deal.
Men who think this is “wrong” are obviously insecure with their testosterone levels, and are offended that breasts don’t belong only to them. If a woman would willingly take her top off in public, it’s not a private ownership of his partner’s body. Sorry boys (yes, you cannot call yourself a man if you fear breasts), but women don’t belong to men anymore, and that’s not about to change. Get over your insecurities, all your traditions, and prejudices, and throw them out the window. (Pssh, and y’all call females emotional…)
Women who fear breasts are submissive cowards. Your body belongs to you, and only you. You can feel free to do what you want with it. Same with anyone else out there. Women who feel they lack control in their own lives (such as in a relationship, where they have been conditioned to be submissive), try to control other people’s lives. Why don’t you teach your children that breasts are wonderful (wherever they might be)? They fed them when they were infants (if you breastfed), and are a beautiful part of the human body.
Breasts may be an attractive feature of the body, but no more so than a pretty face, or well-toned arms. That purpose is secondary.
I hope my son will see breasts while he’s out walking around town when he’s older, and just say, “Whatever.” It’s not a big deal.
Murder has always been wrong, and will always be wrong.
If you think bare breasts are wrong, you’re an ignorant asshole.