Woman protests Instagram's policy on nipples by going topless

Instagram deleted Scout Willis's account after she posted a photo of a jacket she made that had a picture of "two close friends topless." Instagram called the photo an “instance of abuse.” She decided to protest Instagram's deletion of her account by walking topless down the streets of New York (which is perfectly legal).

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  1. From the link:

    In the 1930s, men’s nipples were just as provocative, shameful, and taboo as women’s are now, and men were protesting in much the same way. In 1930, four men went topless to Coney Island and were arrested. In 1935, a flash mob of topless men descended upon Atlantic City, 42 of whom were arrested. Men fought and they were heard, changing not only laws but social consciousness. And by 1936, men’s bare chests were accepted as the norm.

    It is pretty bizarre how the exact same external anatomical structures, nipples an aureolas are treated differently depending on whether you are a man or a woman. That they were once both considered taboo is an interesting point showing how stagnated we are in our laws only updating to make it legal for men to be topless (in most communities) as opposed to people being allowed to be topless.

  2. Yet there are still areas in the country where you can't show men's nipples. Amazingly, one of these areas is near Virginia Beach, where an Anime con had to insist that the male cosplayers put black tape over their nipples to avoid violating the towns anti-obscenity ordinance.

    Some of this may have been the convention organizers cherry picking old laws based on their own personal hangups though. They also had a policy of no hugging in public, because it was "prostitution".

  3. Maybe they were just offended by how amazingly bad that jacket is? smiling_imp

  4. "You can never have too many nipples! Ask any cat!"

    Gene, "Bob's Burgers".

  5. I once saw a TV show where they did m2f gender reassignment surgery with before and after pictures.

    Only, the after pictures of the breast implant surgery was blurred out even though it was physically the same nipples

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