Men can go topless and no one raises an eyebrow — unless they’re topless in a totally inappropriate location like church, or a courtroom, or an audience with the Queen.
For women in the United States, it’s a different story. While the beaches of Europe and are filled with topless sunbathers (ouch!), and European television commercials frequently show women au naturale, this custom is not acceptable in the US, with the exception of a few nude beaches that (I’m told) mostly cater to lookie loos and other assorted weirdos.
But just because we’re a little more conservative in our view on exhibitionism, doesn’t mean the view is any less titillating. On a recent trip to Walmart, I spotted a woman wearing a dress that was clearly meant to rival J-Lo’s famous green Versace dress from the 2000 Grammy Awards. It was cut down to her naval and she wasn’t wearing a tank, cami, t-shirt, or bra underneath. Much like staring at the sun, I felt like I might burn my eyes if I looked for too long at this spectacle of exhibitionism.
It was 2:00 on a Tuesday afternoon. If that doesn’t mean P-A-R-T-A-Y, what does?
We women have come a long way since the days of bra burning and the feminist movement. We’ve earned the right to receive equal pay (though, this is still a challenge for many of us), serve an active role in the military, and run for president.
And, we have apparently also earned the right to display our natural (and sometimes unnatural) wonders any way, any time, and anywhere that we choose, including Walmart.
I know I speak for no man, anywhere, when I say, “COVER IT UP!”
You can’t turn around these days without getting an eye popping view of someone’s cleavage. It’s on display everywhere—from the grocery store to the restaurant to the photo line at the DMV. Popular culture and television certainly promotes the trend. A quick look at reality competition shows proves this.
Yes, Mariah, you have boobs. Now, please cover them up on occasion. Your amazing voice needs no accompaniment.
We all have the freedom of personal choice in our attire, but perhaps we, as women, should place more emphasis on promoting a positive body image in general and less on looking like a sexpot.
We are more than the sum of our cup size, ladies.
Have you scheduled your annual mammogram?
This post is in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. No matter your size (or opinions on exposure), we all need a good “squeeze” now and then, so go get your mammograms, Chickadees.