CHELSEA HANDLER, FREE THE NIPPLE AND THE AMERICAN TALIBAN
Fred Schwartz said all that needed to be said about the fear that seems to grip American conservatives and one of the most curious facts about my nation of birth is just how prudish they are about female nudity in public space. Europe seems to have embraced the concept decades ago yet America ever in the hinterlands of personal freedom [they allow killing machines called guns to dangle phallically in holsters in many of the nation’s grocery stores but a nipple will get you arrested] prefers to see its nudity online. As a matter of fact red states, those controlled by conservatives, consume the bulk of porn in the United States, led not surprisingly by Utah.
This brings me to Chelsea Handler one of my favorite comic personalities and a stunningly blunt woman. Handler has posted two Instagram pictures in protest that social media engine’s ban on female nudity. Her point was if a warmonger in the form of Vladimir Putin can parade around Instagram topless on a horse why can’t she?
She also responded to the Internet breaking Paper magazine butt shot of Kim Kardashian with her own posting at Instagram. This too was met with criticism from the Right and from Instagram though the photo is still there. Handler is a supporter of the organization “Free the Nipple” which strive to empower women by well freeing their nipples from centuries of oppression. At the end of the day it is a sexist policy that allows men to post to Instagram barechested and does not allow the same freedom for women. When exactly is this? Well on Instagram it appeared it was 1825 all over again.
Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!
Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
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