The Women+ Thread Bares It

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☮ As always with the AVCAD, don’t feel compelled to share beyond your comfort level.

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This week’s suggested topic: Nipples.

Okay, hear me out on this one; it came up a few days ago in a different thread and I wanted to bring it up for discussion here. You have nipples, I have nipples, if you’re a mammal you’ve got nipples. But if you’re a lady, your nipples are somehow automatically less acceptable than if you aren’t. It’s even a policy on Facebook that male nipples are okay, but female nipples are not (no idea how they handle people who don’t identify by their birth gender or otherwise fall easily into one category or the other, but since it’s Facebook I assume “not well”). This article covers it pretty well: https://hyperallergic.com/131620/your-concise-guide-to-social-medias-female-nipple-policies/ although it’s from 2014, my googling has yet to turn up anything that says this has changed for the better in the last 4 years (Snopes says the claim “Facebook has revised its policy on female nipple censorship” as False as of less than a year ago). So come rage with me about a part of everyone’s body that is somehow acceptable from some and unacceptable from others.