August 27, 2004

Hypocrites, Butts & Boobs

Why, in this modern society is the nudity so taboo? Some say that it goes back to our puritan roots, but haven’t we advanced as a society enough to make this a non-issue? This is a society of double standards and hypocrisy – a man can walk around with no shirt on, showing his breasts and nipples and no one even notices. But a woman, on the other hand, can not do this. She can’t show too much for fear that she would be arrested for indecent exposure.

Hypocrites and Lawbenders
Even though a woman should be able to expose her breasts, according to the law, we all know that the laws in this country are enforced at the discretion of the individuals enforcing them and they are stretched/twisted/adapted to meet with the arresting officer's opinion. They may not be convicted, but they are going to jail until they can have an attorney and judge agree that they did not break the law.

The law states:
Indecent exposure.
A person who exposes the person's genitals or pubes to another not the person's spouse, or who commits a sex act in the presence of or view of a third person, commits a serious misdemeanor, if:
1. The person does so to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either party; and
2. The person knows or reasonably should know that the act is offensive to the viewer.”

So, why can’t a woman walk around with no shirt on without fear of being arrested?


Breast Feeding
Of all things, why in the world would a woman breast feeding her baby in public be such a scandalous thing? It is the most touching, natural thing. No one would have a problem with a mother pulling a bottle out of her diaper bag to feed her hungry child. There is a plethora of medical research that shows that breast feeding is the healthiest way to feed a baby, so why wouldn’t we support it?

I breast fed my baby in public. I believe that the most appropriate way, however, to do this involves a bit of modesty. I never blatantly bared my entire breast to the world when doing this. I would cover my chest with a blanket with my baby under the blanket, he would latch on have his feeding, If anyone saw anything, it would be the quickest glimpse. I realize that there are some mothers that are not this modest. It is not that I was ashamed, I just didn't want to deal with any gasps or staring.

Recently, a young mother was in a local restaurant when her baby was crying with hunger. She breast fed her baby in the restaurant, and was kicked out of the restaurant by the owner because of it. The next day, a large group of young mothers set their lawn chairs on the sidewalk in front of his restaurant and proceeded to feed their babies in peaceful protest. He was ashamed, to say the least, by the negative publicity.

Nudist Ideals
Nudist organizations claim that families who spend a considerable amount of time in the nude allows everyone, including children, to have a better body image, learn respect and have more self esteem.

They preach that being nude is fun and good for the soul. It promotes body acceptance, age acceptance, family unity, freedom, and increased self confidence. It helps prevent the immoral disrespect of our bodies and the media’s ideas that bodies are shameful, disgusting, hair in the wrong places, and need to be plucked, tucked, stretched, starved and draped in cloth at all costs.

The European View

I really feel that the Europeans have it right as far as nudity is concerned. You see television commercials for shower gels that show a woman in the shower, breasts exposed, and no one is shocked.

You can go to the pool or beach and only wear bikini bottoms and no one cares. Some wear tops, some don't. It doesn't matter! They say you call tell who the tourists are because they're the only ones staring.

I went topless on many occasions when I lived in France. It was liberating and free-feeling. It was also nice not to worry about ugly tan lines. No one runs around exposing their genitals (well, other than a few deviants) but breasts are no big deal and that is how it should be. This is what our law actually dictates, so why can’t our society deal with it!?

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