Body acceptance starts with accepting yourself.
The day women can be topless and free of harassment, we will have reached a real milestone.
I was brainstorming on why women don’t have equality in society.
In the U.S. women make 19% less than their male counter parts. 1 out of 6 women will be sexually assaulted within their lifetime. In many parts of the world women can’t vote or own property. Women are little more than chattel, slaves to their husbands. In Saudi Arabia women aren’t allowed to drive. Women are subjected to criticism about their appearance that males aren’t subjected to. And in most parts of the world women can’t be topless and men can.
What is the reason for this? All of my conclusions didn’t yield any new insights. The only thing that made sense is that society (men) are afraid of women. That’s right, men fear women. Why else would we do everything to control them and hinder their freedom.
But why do we fear women? Well, women can do one thing that men can’t, women create life. Yes, males assist in the creation process, but it’s women who nurture and bring forth life.
Another thing that men are fearful of is women’s sexuality. Women’s sexuality is a complete mystery to men. And what you don’t understand you either fear it or attempt to control.
The female body is another aspect of society’s trepidation of women. Women’s bodies are a threat, something to be covered up. In some cultures the only visible part of a woman’s body is her eyes. Female nudity is forbidden and stigmatized. A nude woman is either a slut or out to destroy community morality. Breasts, the symbol of life and fertility, are to be covered up at all costs.
The countries that allow women to be topless are also the countries that have the best records on women’s rights. I feel that nudity equals equality. And if female nudity were de-stigmatized, a lot of psychological baggage would disappear.
Men must get over their fear of women. Women are human beings and deserve to be treated with full equality. Our mothers, daughters, and sisters deserve to be full partners in society.