To The Daily Sun,
This is in regards to the "Free the Nipple" drama that has been going on for the past year (or so) and I would like to give my viewpoint.
Initially, when I first heard about this, I thought it was a campaign for breast-feeding women. I know there have been some issues about this in the past. So I read up on it to check into it as I breast-fed my child many years ago. I felt that there shouldn't be a problem doing so in public as long as a mother was discreet about it. And I was.
But, looking deeper into it, which really didn't take much, it wasn't that at all. It was about women wanting freedom to go topless at beaches (or maybe anywhere else, possibly?) because their "rights" were being imposed upon since men can take their shirts off.
First of all, men do not have much to show in the way of the chest. Yes, they (men) were considered a sexual item in the past, but we don't get overly excited about it. However, as it was pointed out last week in a letter, some people want to have "good-looking chicks" show their nipples.
OK, what if that good-looking "chick" were your daughter, sister, aunt, cousin or, God forbid, your mom? Not only that, why would you want anyone talking about what your chest/breast looked like? What about the not-so-good-looking female? Or the larger women? How about if your wives or girlfriends were prompted to show their chests by other males when the husbands or boyfriends weren't around? As well as photographed? Does that change any perspectives?
You could argue that if, at the beaches, you don't have to look at the bared chest. Just look the other way. But, why have blinders on? Beaches are for everyone (especially families) to enjoy. Why do we need to explain everything? We already have to explain too much nowadays. I would like to have the young children be able to keep their innocence for a little longer, because social media makes continual attempts to stop that — thank you internet and television. On that note, there are nude beaches around New England. Why not go there and be free if that is what you so desire?
As an Army veteran myself, it astounds me that these women (or women who don't identify (?) as a woman) are even making a statement about this. I'm sure that if my father (decorated Army veteran) even had the slightest inclination that I would ever bare myself in public, he would roll in his grave.
Now that I mention being a veteran, we have sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, etc. that are fighting for freedom for another countries' rights, as well as keeping our country free. If they are fighting for freedom to just allow communities to live, this campaign sounds pretty petty if you ask me. The women in the Middle East have to be entirely clothed (i.e. wearing burqas). Of course, some of it is their religion. But, the other is for oppression. We don't have that here in the United States. We do, however, have freedom to walk, talk, eat, breathe, etc. (men and women alike) without being shot by people trying to control us.
I also want to thank the local authorities, lawmakers, and legislators for not allowing this behavior to be allowed/condoned. I feel that you are protecting our families as much as possible. And I appreciate that. This is really what it's about and what our core needs as our families are being targeted by so much all the time. Spending taxpayers' money on useless agendas and/or campaigns on items like this is a waste of time and money.
In conclusion, if I am remembered at all, let it be for my honesty, integrity, and family values, and not my chest size.
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