Sarah Silverman’s point about double standards in nudity when it comes to social media is well received, especially after her topless photo was taken down by Instagram.
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Men’s breasts are not obscene but women’s breasts are obscene (unless they’re oiled up and smashed down by sexy suspenders covering the obscene nipples) Sorry, @instagram ! You are teaching our girls well! Thanks for the guidance! LESSON LEARNED : girls: be ashamed. Be very ashamed.
And she continued to post pictures to make her point.
One with her own nipples blacked out versus a man whose nipples were certainly not:
And yet more male nipples:
But then, of course, women’s nipples ARE considered obscene:
-Sigh- This is annoying as heck, but it makes Silverman’s point stand out like a sore thumb.
And people across the internet are asking, why do we sexualize women but not men?
I love your style. Don't change.
— Susan Russ (@Juniper40) May 10, 2019
In fact, sexualization of women’s bodies is so embedded in society that people’s brains have been trained to see women specifically as their body parts.
Might be a good time to do the most ridiculous "sexy" photoshoot you can that barely pushes the boundaries of Instagram. Make sure you have some sort of IG logo in the shoot!
— James Carson (@3DJamesGuy) May 10, 2019
— Art Or Not Art (@ArtDecider) May 10, 2019
It’s insane! (the whole oiled/smushed/suspenders thing). The message being, if naked lady boobs are NOT present-ed explicitly for OUR hetero-male enjoyment?
= Satan’s bean bags.
— Mary Birdsong (@marybirdsong) May 11, 2019
Funny because I’ve reported drawings of dicks on IG before and the response was “OH NO PROBLEM WITH THAT!” Complete BS.
— Aubrey Norris 🥴 (@Chupacaubrey) May 10, 2019
If only you had put tiny pieces of tape over your nipples, the picture would have been magically transformed from obscene to acceptable
— Scott Menor (@smenor) May 10, 2019
Sarah is awesome.
— Eric Alan Wendell (@EricAlanWendell) May 12, 2019
This sexualization is a pure representation of how the patriarchy damages society.
Patriarchal society has dominated the western world for over 2,000 years and women’s bodies are a topic of conversation in Christianity, Islam and Judaism. It is so embedded in our culture that it may be impossible to shake.
Will the western world change its problematic stigma of women’s bodies, or are we forever doomed to this double standard?