Free the Nipple & Why we’re referring to nipples when there are way larger problems in society

In the spring 2015 issue of Bitch magazine (a feminist publication), there’s a review of the Free the Nipple picture. Like many other reviews of this film, it questioned some implausible plot points and awful writing.
But that is not all. The author of the article, A.A.I., starts off by blowing off Free the Nipple as a cause worthy of our focus.
She wrote that while she found it entirely irrational that women can not go topfree wherever guys can,
Yeah, why are we talking about nipples when there’s homelessness and police violence and starving kids in 3rd world countriesright?
This line of thinking is so common it has a name the Fallacy of Relative Privation. It’s the argument that since dilemma A is more significant than dilemma B, we should consequently forget about B entirely and focus on A instead.
It is called a fallacy because the argument lacks cogency. It is a thoughtless way of attempting to shut down a discussion about a certain topic or issue.
Individuals, including feminists, try to use this argument on a regular basis as it pertains to topfree equality.
So let us talk about what’s wrong with the fallacy and why topfree equality and Free the Nipple do matter.
You could apply the fallacy argument to any kind of social dilemma (feminist or other).
Anyone could assert that sexist dress codes in schools aren’t as significant of an issue as domestic violence against women. Or that women’s representation in the media is just not as important as ending female genital mutilation.
But herein lie the false assumptions that there is some objectively driven hierarchy of feminist problems. And that to bring about change, we have to address particular issues in a chronological sequence one by one and only when one dilemma was remedied can we move to the next.
The reality is that lots of people care about or are invested in distinct causes concurrently. There’s no actual or set hierarchy. When folks talk about topfree equality, http://nudists-young.org/contri/my-first-nude-experience-was-when-i-was-younger/ is saying that it’s the most significant problem facing girls right now or that we need to blow off other causes to reach it.
Another problem with the hierarchy strategy is that it assumes that issue A and difficulty B are mutually exclusive and not joined. But equality issues are oftentimes connected, even when they do not appear to be.
In the instance of of topfreedom, it shouldn’t be difficult to see the direct connection this issue has to sexual objectification, street harassment, slut-shaming, problems around public breastfeeding, and how it is part of a long history of society’s effort to police women’s bodies and sexuality.
Free the Nipple: same arguments, distinct decade meme
To give women the right to go topfree in public is a strong affirmation. It means giving women autonomy over their own bodies together with their sexuality and how they decide to express it.
Topfree equality means challenging the notion a woman’s state of dress or undress establishes her consent, sexuality or even her value as a person.
The Free the Nipple film may have done a less than stellar job of carrying these ideas, but that isn’t any reason to blow off its whole effort or message.
Anyone who believes in equality ought to know that there is worth in fighting inequality on every level. There’s lots of room for everyone, especially at the gender equality table.
Free the Nipple also touches upon a variety of other issues. Anyone can put it to use as http://nudismphotos.net/posts/my-first-visit-to-a-clothing-optional-resort/ starting point for launching their own discussions about equality.
This article about Free the Nipple and the Fallacy of Comparative Privation was published by – Young Naturists & Naturists America
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