Does anyone really believe that Keira Knightley posed topless to make a feminist statement?
Baring one’s breasts to make a statement is all the rage these days. Comedian Chelsea Handler posted a photo on Instagram of her topless self astride a horse to make the point that if Vladimir Putin can ride shirtless, so can she. (Instagram removed the photo, but Handler quickly reposted it on Twitter.) Jennifer Lawrence appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair looking nearly naked while arguing in the magazine that hacking her private nude photos were akin to a sex crime. And then there are those “nurse-ins,” where mothers descend on establishments with their babies and strip to the waist to defend their right to breastfeed in public.
All this is cheerleaded along by feminist commentators. Jessica Valenti wrote this on Monday for the U.K. Guardian:
“Willingly baring it all is a bold move at a time when so many people see the naked bodies of women, famous and otherwise, without permission. So if 2014 ends up the year of the breast, it will be because women made it happen on their terms. They’re making clear that their breasts, or lack thereof, are not public property – that our body parts are just that: one part of who we are and how we experience the world.”
Because nothing says “My breasts are not public property” so clearly as making your breasts public property by letting everybody look at them.
Posted by Charlotte Allen