Anushka Manchanda Joins The #FreeTheNipple Movement And Sparks A Debate About Equality
In an attempt to spark a healthy debate about women’s equality, singer Anushka Manchanda recently took to Instagram to question the discrimination against female nipples by social media sites more than 5 years after the original #freethenipple campaign began.
Seeing as slut-shaming (along with other forms of sexual harassment) is something women from all walks of life experience every day in our country, I guess it’s better late than never.
Anushka posted a three-set series of photos of herself juxtaposed with that of a bare-chested man, the first asking a simple question: “Why is this okay?”
(set 3) (swipe left) ‘Historically, women have sometimes been arrested or charged with public indecency, disturbing the peace, or lewd behaviour for baring their breasts in public’ While it is perfectly acceptable for a man to go topless :-/ . A conversation that started with a friend..over a photo that was reported on @instagram and taken down because the woman’s nipples were visible in it..got me thinking. This little photo story is a result of that. It ridiculous, that the same people who get offended by the sight of a woman’s nipples have absolutely no problem with men showing theirs? nipples = nipples nipples = nipples There are bigger, more horrific issues that women deal with on a daily basis, by the second. But here, on a platform that urban earthlings use daily..let’s start small. This is not just about a nipple. This is about EQUALITY. #freethenipple
The second, was a question even more poignant. After all, a nipple is a nipple, right?
(set 2) (swipe left) A man can appear topless in public, or on a public platform, while a woman is slut shamed for doing the same. Most of us will agree that it’s impossible and absolutely unsafe for a woman to go out in India with her nipples bared, but online, on @instagram, on @facebook , on platforms which allow more freedom than real life does..let’s not discriminate! This is our safe place. Where we can express without fear. It’s 2018! Let’s grow the fuck up! Let us be equals. #freethenipple #feminism #equality
She ended the series with this final post that also triggered a debate among her followers like the posts before had.
While a lot of people shared her opinions and were supportive of her, there were also (obviously) many haters who chose to indulge in the exact behaviour she set out to fight against in the first place – Slut-Shaming.
(set 1) (swipe left) ‘We are all born equal.’ I am grateful to the feminists, both women and men, who have fought to make the things I take for granted possible. Today I can drive a car, vote, run for government, get an education, file for divorce, step out of my home to work..amongst many other things if I choose. The fight is not over. My sisters in many parts of the world still suffer without basic human rights. Any woman who says she is not a feminist must re-think. Any man who stands for the equality of all humans is a feminist too. We must not stop fighting. #freethenipple #feminist #human #equalrights
As she’s explained in her post, the series was inspired by a conversation she had with a friend on Instagram. But seeing as women across the globe, especially those in the entertainment industry, are taking a stand against sexual harassment at this very moment, Anushka couldn’t have picked a better time to address the issue.
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