“Free The Nipple is a film, an equality movement, and a mission to empower women across the world. We stand against female oppression and censorship, both in the United States and around the globe”
This radical campaign was created in 2014 by Lina Esco as a way to fight the patriarchal views of women and women’s bodies by society, especially through media. It is without question that there is an existing double standard between men and women, and objectifying as well as degrading the female anatomy only makes society conditioned to think that this form of censorship is okay.
The most common assumption about Free The Nipple is that it is only about accepting public nudity; well yes, that is part of it, but some people fail to realize that it is more than just being able to show your breasts to the world. It is about having the choice over your own body. It is about letting mothers breastfeed their infants in public places. It is about treating women better than before and equal to how society treats men.
This is exactly what Lina Esco wants us to fight for. If we cannot even view a woman’s body as natural, how can we expect a world without sexism in the future? We need to deal with the little issues because if society becomes more open-minded about such campaigns as Free The Nipple, then there is a high chance that they will start becoming more open-minded about other feminist advocacies as well. This is also why we consider Lina as our girl of the month, because without this movement, a big number of people wouldn’t come to the realization that it is important to support and fight for a woman’s right over her own body.
"The film explores the contradictions in our media-dominated society, where acts of violence and killing are glorified, while images of a woman’s body are censored by the FCC and the MPAA. What is more obscene: Violence or a Nipple?”
Women have been fighting for their rights for centuries, it is time to realize that this modern patriarchal world would crumble if we don’t let women become as free as men. So we thank Lina Esco for her efforts in wanting to attain an equal society.
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- Reign Gonzales
illustration by Trisha Carpena
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