I learned about Anni Ma from YOMYOMF. Anni is a feminist who works to “free the nipple;” she goes around without a shirt to protest the double-standard in society where men can go shirtless but women can’t. See her interview above. In the interview, she talks about the double standard: how men can go shirtless without shame. She talks about how she wants to show the world how regular boobies are just as good as boobies you see in the movies that don’t have tanlines or stretch-marks (she actually raises a good point–how do they avoid tanlines in the movies?).
I think she raises some good points, but honestly, I wonder how practical it is in real life. As I watch the video above, from a personal male perspective, it’s not really a turn-on. It’s almost clinical to watch, a woman protesting with her body and talking to a cop. I watch it almost like a doctor trying to diagnose a disease, in this case a possible social disease. But if I or any other male saw an attractive, young, naked woman outside in real life, I wonder if the visuals, combined with other senses like smell and touch, would be distracting. I think women usually build up their attraction from an emotional standpoint. It’s different with men, who are more visual. If this were the norm, it would be hard to get anything done. (The frequent female complaint of “My eyes are up here” would become a lot more common.)
People may offer the idea that in some societies, women cover everything with a burqa for similar reasons–not to distract men. But I think that’s more of a social custom regarding gender roles than a preventative measure to curb arousal. I don’t think most men from those societies get turned on my simply seeing a woman’s arm.
This one’s a hard call. I can’t see any legal reason to stop women from going topless, but at the same time, I think it would be distracting. For example, I went running without a shirt this week. Guys run without shirts all the time, and yes, it feels liberating. I don’t know see a legal reason why women shouldn’t be able to do the same, but at the same time, I can see car accidents and all sorts of other problems happening if topless women were running and sweating mid-day throughout the city.
So I don’t have a good opinion on this, but if you do, sound off like a WOWO below.