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    Lolz lark had a skmilar thread. He used the word shameless at women who was asking for the rights to be topless publicly just as men do.

    Anyway i think it should be allowed - though i would initially feel extremely uncomfortable initially - mainly because the best way i believe is to fight unreasonable phobias/sexism and to TEACH PUBLIC TOLERANCE is to legalize them.

    Initially people willmprotest but eventually when it is evident there is no harm done people would become tolerant.

    That being said i wonder whether the ants in the pants of anti same sex marriages advocates have left in those nations that have recognized them.

    Edit - *feels odd and somewhat stupid for dragging same sex marriage into the topic*

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    Quote Originally Posted by five sounds View Post
    I think it should be allowed. There's a lot of weirdness about breasts that I don't understand. Why is it just nipples we're afraid of? Why do we keep so much mystery and shame attached? I can tell you that as a young girl, I would have felt a lot more comfortable with developing breasts of my own if I had seen them around more. Mothers should be able to feed their babies without having to leave the scene because their breasts are involved. It's good for humans to grow up normalized and comfortable with human bodies.
    This is a bit far removed perhaps, but could it be that because breasts are mammory glands for feeding babies people are uncomfortable with their own sexualisation of them? Sort of a super - ego thing maybe.

    Either that or the influence of being founded by puritans, but I think that would be less far reaching due to the various other influences in the USA during its development.

    However I have to say it's not that different over here although people are fairly lenient. Recently there was an uproar in my own town when a woman was photographed breastfeeding in public on the steps of a building.

    Anyhow there was a lot of support for breastfeeding in public, although this is somewhat seperate from being topless I think it can be linked to a revulsion of nipples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AffirmitiveAnxiety View Post
    This is a bit far removed perhaps, but could it be that because breasts are mammory glands for feeding babies people are uncomfortable with their own sexualisation of them? Sort of a super - ego thing maybe.

    Either that or the influence of being founded by puritans, but I think that would be less far reaching due to the various other influences in the USA during its development.

    However I have to say it's not that different over here although people are fairly lenient. Recently there was an uproar in my own town when a woman was photographed breastfeeding in public on the steps of a building.

    Anyhow there was a lot of support for breastfeeding in public, although this is somewhat seperate from being topless I think it can be linked to a revulsion of nipples.

    BBC News - Thousands protest in support of breastfeeding 'tramp'
    i doubt it - although i really like the concept ("reminding me i was once i a baby? slut!"), in practice for that to be something ingrained in human psychology you'd expect to see it everywhere and not as culture specific. from my understanding india's main thing is female shoulders, in africa in many area's its the hips, contrast with arabic cultures where the hair is no less sexual then the breasts (unless it's a hairy breast? maybe i should go topless in soudia arabia and check).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_X View Post
    I came across this article and I wondered what everyone thought. Is it in your country? Do you think it should be?

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    Never got the problem with nipples. It might be weird at first coz we aint used to it, but desensitisation would set in anyways as people have lives to lead

    I remember finding it weird being at a beach in Spain where it was normal for young girls to grannies to be topless, just coz I wasn't used to it, but everyone else seemed to just go about their business. Some guys will of course check out the scenery, but it's not like they don't do that when you're fully dressed, it's normal
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    i can't remember where but i saw an article recently that said it was illegal for men to go without a shirt until the ~1940s. it was equally as scandalous for men at the time to be topless. i'm fine with it being legal for women but wouldn't do it myself except maybe a beach in southern europe where it is so accepted. europeans seem to have a different sensibility about sex than americans. i am not sure how mature some american men would act around topless women. i would be a bit worried about women getting groped, etc. i do think it would help also for the average teenager to realize that most women do not have perky, fake breasts like what they see on tv and in porn. a little reality would be a good thing in that department.

    i was reading about public breastfeeding around the world and it is accepted in some muslim countries probably moreso than in the US. the women are discreet about it but they don't seem to sexualize seeing a woman breastfeed. personally, i am rather amazed public breastfeeding is such a controversial topic for americans. it's about feeding babies after all.

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    Humans seem to need something to be seen as forbidden and thus titillating, so if it isn't breasts, it'll be another part of the body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by five sounds View Post
    I think it should be allowed. There's a lot of weirdness about breasts that I don't understand. Why is it just nipples we're afraid of? Why do we keep so much mystery and shame attached? I can tell you that as a young girl, I would have felt a lot more comfortable with developing breasts of my own if I had seen them around more. Mothers should be able to feed their babies without having to leave the scene because their breasts are involved. It's good for humans to grow up normalized and comfortable with human bodies.
    Agreed. I don't like the shame that comes with it either. I also don't like that generally in popular culture (including movie ratings), the female body is somehow more obscene than the male body. In contrast, I like the comfort level that the French seem to have with toplessness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildflower View Post
    i am not sure how mature some american men would act around topless women.
    doubtful - it might get sensationalized for a bit, but you become accustomed to it pretty fast - soon enough excitement over topless breast will fade as the elderly babyboomer gal's will join in on the fun, and by then the mental eye gets accustomed and you pay attention to those you would have being paying attention too anyway (those you find attractive).

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