Topless or Bust?
It's not illegal for women to go topless at Hampton Beach, but there are a lot of people who want to change that.
In an effort to change the public perception of women's breasts, a group of women plan to have a sit in at Hampton beach and their calling this event the "Free the Nipple" campaign.
For Americans female breasts have been a source of controversy for generations upon generations. Yet in other cultures and other parts of the world men find it silly that American men see breasts sexually. To them, breasts are only for babies.
It's no secret that our culture and media have sexualized everything from cold cream to cars, so it's no surprise that the female body makes many uncomfortable. But the question remains, does it have to?
Could we as a society and culture de-sexualize the female body?
In the 1800's it was considered improper for a woman to show her ankles, and if a man caught a glimpse of her ankle it was consider a very "racy" moment.
Obviously that perception has faded out, and there's really nothing titillating about an ankle anymore. So it stands to reason that, if as a society we stopped viewing ankles as these improper, sexual body parts, couldn't we do the same with breasts?
We took to Facebook to see what you had to say:
Ultimately it would seem that this sexualization of the female body isn't something that will change overnight, but regardless of that, sitting topless on Hampton beach is not illegal. So if you are near that beach on August 24th just be aware that on that day, they will "free the nipple!"