The photo above comes from The Tata Top by way of Buzzfeed.
In Ontario women did get the right to be topless in public. But, you are not likely to see any topless women this summer. It is not popular. Our culture does not really accept women’s bodies without adding sexuality. Even a photo of a Mother breastfeeding has to be edited down to make sure her breast is not exposed. Why? Because it would shock children? No. Children would be the least judgmental about seeing breasts. They won’t see breasts as sexual until we tell them too. They won’t see breasts as shocking until we tell them they are. You get the idea.
I don’t think men or women need to be topless in public. Not because women should not have the same right as men (to remove their shirt in public) but because it is nice to have some standards for a dress code in public. People used to dress up, now they usually dress down. As if every day were Casual Friday. Why not keep up some standards? If we keep lowering the standards… well, how low can you get before we lose what makes us different from the animals we hunt and keep in cages?
I believe in women having the right to be topless, as long as we hold the same standard for men. I’d rather everyone just keep their shirt on however.
What happens if you apply these same standards to men’s pants and shorts? Are men’s clothes prudish and proper just because they cover their ass? What about the younger men who wear pants hanging down their butt? I’ve yet to see them do it with short shorts.
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