Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Where's my paint thinner?
God bless the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. And God bless the internet that allows me to check out the pictures without having to subscribe to the magazine (especially since they don't give you that cool football phone with your subscription anymore).
This is Julie Henderson. And she's naked. Completely, utterly naked. Yet, here I am, able to not only look at her nude picture for free... but able to post it for you on WAPL.com. Why? Because there's some paint over her nipples.
Which leads me to wonder... why are women's nipples taboo? It doesn't make any sense. Women's nipples are exactly the same as men's nipples... and we can show those off in public all the time. Advertising, TV and movies, on the beach, at Lambeau Field, wandering around in public, men can have our shirts off any time we want (although the lack of shirt or shoes may mean we are denied service at some stores and restaurants.)
Women on the other hand can't show their nipples. I'd maybe understand if it was the entire breast, but for some reason it's just the female nipple that some people find offensive. J-Lo with cleavage down to her belly button? No problem as long as the double-sided tape keeps the nipple covered. Breast augmentation surgery shown on E!'s Dr. 90210? It's ok as long as the nipples are blurred out. Madonna, Britney, and the rest want to wear next to nothing in every music video and on every tour? Fine... but when Janet Jackon's nipple appears for 2 seconds the world goes berzerk.
So my question is, if the rest of the breast is ok, why can't we free the nipple? I think it would make the world a better place.