‘Free the Nipple’ just makes feminists look like a bunch of boobs

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‘Free the Nipple’ just makes feminists look like a bunch of boobs

It is a gigantic waste of time that only exists in the infantile universe of social media

Celia Walden

When I read about the “Free the Nipple” activists protesting topless outside Facebook’s New York headquarters last week, my head lolled forward on to my keyboard to spell this: tt1232! uweirh34! 1kjaeljrk. And that’s a pretty accurate summation of how I feel about most of the campaigns embarked on in the name of fourth-wave feminism.

But a campaign fighting for women’s rights to bare their breasts on social media – “why should male nipples be allowed and not ours?” – fills me with new levels of despair. As do reports, on Sunday, that Facebook has “agreed to talks” with the lactiferous duct activists and is now “reconsidering its nudity policy”.

At some point we stopped fighting genuine injustices and got silly. I say “we”, although I identify less and less with the concerns of younger feminists. I mind about equal pay, the glass ceiling, the kind of serious sexual intimidation and harassment exposed by MeToo, and the generation of men who can spend an entire dinner party seated beside me without once asking what I do – but I couldn’t give a damn if a cabbie calls me “love”, I enjoy being wolf-whistled at, and have never considered my nipples incarcerated...

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