Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Boobs With Boobs

Sooooooooooo, two dozen women in Portland, Maine march topless in the street to protest what "they see as a double standard on male and female nudity" and then complain because men are staring at them?

That's like entering a lion's cage wearing a meat suit then complaining because the cat bit off your leg.
Ty McDowell, who organized the march, said she was "enraged" by the turnout of men attracted to the demonstration. The purpose, she said, was for society to have the same reaction to a woman walking around topless as it does to men without shirts on.

However, McDowell said she plans to organize similar demonstrations in the future and said she would be more "aggressive" in discouraging oglers.
When I first read that Ty McDowell was "enraged", I laughed out loud, rolled my eyes, said the word "unbelievable" at least a half dozen times, shook my head more than once, then laughed out loud again.

McDowell's lack of insight into the American male psyche is astounding.

Men are tickled to see a naked woman in a place where they never would expect to see a naked woman. A street corner is one of those places. Had these same men seen 24 naked women in the waiting room of a gynecologist's office, at a nude beach or in a strip joint, they would not have cheered and whipped out their cameras.

It's about context, stupid.

Personally, I don't want American society to "have the same reaction to a woman walking around topless as it does to men without shirts on." Honestly, I'd be happy if more men kept their shirts on in public.

In fact, I think we should replace the ridiculous "Give us your tired, your poor and your hungry..." nonsense from the Statue of Liberty with the brilliant words, "No shirt. No shoes. No service."


DamnCat said...

None of the women got arrested because, it turns out, there's no law against women or men going topless in Portland, Maine.*

So apparently the whole "protest" was about...uh...I don't get it.

*note to self: vacation idea - Portland, Maine!

Whitehall said...

I'd think that women would prefer to preserve the option of sending a SPECIFIC signal to a man (or men) by exposing their breasts.

If the organizer's goals were met, women would no longer give a man the "go for it" signal by exposing her breasts.