This is not me.
It is a simple question. Why are nipples/breasts so taboo? I want your opinion. Guys with their shirt off it is okay, but a girl, "OMG DON'T LOOK KIDS! NIPPLES!!! YOU SHOULD BE ashamed OF YOURSELF!" Keep in mind a lot of men have bigger breasts than most women!
Also, is this picture not as taboo in your mind because the nipples have been erased? Finally, while we are on it. Why can we have nipples of african tribes on public TV but not other races? Why the divide?
I know these sounds like silly questions, but I want some rational discussion over this topic.
Peace and love <3
Are there countries where public breastfeeding is normal? I wonder if the hang-up truly is a matter of culture (social acceptability) or if there's something else, perhaps deeper, in play here.
When I was a little kid, believe it or not, some women breastfed in church!
I Googled this topic and, so far, find that public breastfeeding is normal in Israel and in most African countries WITHOUT a strong Muslim influence. I'm still searching for info from other countries.
Yikes! Read what this guy, from Saudi Arabia, has to say:
If woman feed her baby and the peoples are seeing her, of course they like to see her breast more and more and may be they come hot and like to do sex with that lady who is feeding. And I think it is not good that any lady feed her babies in public places. If she want yes, she can move to the place where no one can see her.
Does he even realize what he's saying about men? That they're incapable of controlling themselves? Clearly he's unaware that that's not an indictment of women, quite the opposite!
And this from India:
Breast feeding in public is not at all considered as a sexual activity in our country. But at the same time women in our country are shy to feed the baby in public because it has been noticed that men just try to peep into the privacy of a feeding mother, which makes a lady ashamed of the act. It's difficult to accept but it's a truth.
I'm inclined to agree with "Bill," back on page1, for those of you who haven't bothered to read all 24 pages, who said:
"The individual male who controls a harem of females has an increased chance of reproductive success. Turning females into property and making them invisible to your competitors is a means to that end."
Also on or about page 1, someone asked why it was OK to depict topless African tribeswomen on TV or in some documentaries. I wasn't so much interested in the answer to that, per se, as I was how it might relate to Bill's comment. If, as Bill says, it's about men making females invisible as sexual objects to other men, why do not the African tribesmen, whose women go bare-breasted, feel that way? Is it only a cultural thing, prevalent among nations with a Judeo/Christian/Islamic predilection, which would include those societies that were closely governed by countries with a Judeo/Christian/Islamic background, such as the tribesmen of certain African countries as well as the various Pacific Islands where breasts were proudly displayed, pre-"civilization"? Or could it be that the truly primitive tribesmen of Africa and South America, don't view breasts as particularly sexual, but rather more utilitarian? Or could it simply be that the more we (men) are restricted from regularly viewing female breasts, the more interested we are in them, a fascination we would lose, if we were constantly exposed? Food for thought.
I must also, in all honesty ladies, and with all due respect, say that there are some breasts I would prefer not to see uncovered, as well as some I have, but wish I hadn't. It's kinda like Forrest's box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get --
With some surprise I realized that I don't recall this showing up anywhere in this thread:
I echo your astonishment, it's priceless!
Here's a wiki on attitudes, by country, on public breastfeeding . . .
Sierra Leone has the highest infant mortality rate in the world. During a goodwill trip to the country, actress Salma Hayek breastfed on camera a hungry week-old infant whose mother could not produce milk. She said she did it to reduce the stigma associated with breastfeeding and to encourage infant nutrition.
I commend your exhaustive research, Exile - apparently you find the subject titillating --