‘Free the Nipple’- a move towards equality or a trivial issue?

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‘Free the Nipple’- a move towards equality or a trivial issue?

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‘Free the Nipple’ Is a campaign against the sexual objectification of women’s breasts; the movement is named after Lina Esco’s film ‘Free the Nipple’. In the UK the laws concerning the exposure of breasts are much more lenient than those in America. In England and Wales, the offence of ‘indecent exposure’ was substituted for the more specific Sexual Offences Act (2003), section 66. The Act does not mention nudity and is articulated so as not to apply to skinny dipping, nude sunbathing, and activities that are not sexual in nature. Public nudity however, can also be punished as ‘disorderly behaviour’ under the Public Order Act 1986, sections 4A and 5. Generally, in the USA, nudity is against the law in public places. Although states such as New York, Hawaii, Maine, Ohio, and Texas allow women to go topless in any location where men could do so legally. Many celebrities such as Cara Delevingne and Miley Cyrus have also backed the campaign. Yet is this movement an important move towards equality? Does this movement simply equate to another trivial issue demanded to be set right by feminists?

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