#FREETHENIPPLE - FOR ELEPHANT JOURNAL
Published December 2nd, 2016: #FreeTheNipple : Don't we have to accept the nipple before we can free it?
My first article published on Elephant Journal has over 22,000 unique views and 1100 shares across Facebook and Twitter.
You can read an excerpt below.
I have a body. You have a body. We all have bodies!
My having a body is not inherently immodest or wrong.
And even if one was to go braless and that be noticeable underneath the covering of your clothing, does that make you immodest?
The reason our breasts were put onto our bodies in the first place—feeding our offspring and keeping the human race alive and thriving—is a beautiful, crucial function. Men have nipples that serve zero purpose other than being a sensitive pleasure zone, and yet we as a society haven’t decided to sexualize or demonize their existence.
Of course, I wear bras sometimes. I wear a sports bra to the gym and I wear light-weight lace or mesh bras when I choose a gauzy dress or shirt. I wear bras to job interviews when I don’t know anything about the character of the interviewer. If I had sensitive nipples or was plagued by back pain from being top-heavy, I might also wear bras more regularly. The question here comes down to why I make the choice when I do.
You can’t control what anyone else thinks about your body, but you can control what you think about it.