A few days ago, Jug Report posed a question: is it hypocritical for an article about going topless to not show bare breasts? This question, or accusation, was raised in a comment on Elizabeth Siematkowski’s Refinery 29 article: Topless Women NYC – Laws About Being Naked 2013. Was the article hypocritical for not showing bare breasts in the pictures? Lauren, a guest writer, shares her thoughts:
My first thought, is that there might be some legal issues wrapped up in the choice to not show breasts in the photos. But, that aside, I think they made the right choice by having the photos of the back of her. Because the whole point of the article is that women are displaying their bodies how they choose. When she was actually rollerblading, she was comfortable and not self-conscious, which she pointed out gave her the control to make others feel natural and un stigmatized about it.
If she posts naked frontal photos, the use of those photos floating around the internet could completely undermine the point of the article, and her topless ride. They could be used in bad press going viral, like all those things she mentioned in the article that she was afraid might happen. By posting these topless photos that don’t show her breasts she’s maintaining the control and further preventing the stigmatization mentioned in the article.
Another point is that it’s her choice whether or not to show breasts. That’s the whole idea! Maybe she was comfortable on the ride, but wasn’t ready to post the photos on the internet. And that’s her choice, and nobody should be able to call her a hypocrite for it. Taking one step doesn’t mandate ‘going all the way’ and anyone who says it does, is furthering the pressure and expectations the movement is trying to get rid of.