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[NSWF] Why Freeing The Nipple Is Vital to Gender Equality #WYV-TV

Because I know how much y’all despise the patriarchy, I decided it was my responsibility to start off the WYV-TV series by sharing this brilliant short documentary entitled (Breast) Tissue, Directed by Cal Student Filmmaker Jodie Howard. Jodie has been a long time friend and a collaborator, but besides all that good stuff, this lady has a vision for being a social change maker in her community while bringing her films into fruition. In her own words, “the best thing in the world is being able to combine my love of filmmaking with my energy in furthering awareness of certain LGBTQIA and womxn’s issues. I’m mostly interested in topics that mainstream society would largely consider to be taboo.”

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And let’s face it, our society has some serious double standards and stigmas against revealing ones breasts in most public settings.

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Jodie says, the “mere fact that most male-bodied people can take off their shirt in public without any opposition, yet most womxn couldn’t ever do so without fearing for their safety says something really troubling about Western society. It is so incredibly frustrating to me that while I’m completely comfortable in my skin, for so long I was afraid to even go outside without a bra on because I feared what other people would think about my nipples poking through my shirt. For years I’ve felt like I’ve had to censor my body for others because I had been conditioned since puberty to keep my breasts confined to a bra.”


“We’re taught to hide our nipples, especially in the workplace, because it’s considered obscene. It’s enraging that our cleavage, as made to be perfectly round and uniform when propped up on display by bras, is so often exploited in advertising and other media for commercial purposes because of its sexual appeal. While I am a sexual person, and my breasts are part of that, that’s not only what they are! It’s really interesting that we so readily accept breasts in their most perfect, sexualized form, yet the moment we see breasts that are not exactly spherical and that experience the forces of gravity our society deems this as “trashy” or unprofessional.”


“That fact that we’ve been so primed to view womxns’ bodies sexually is extremely detrimental to feminism and the on-going battle for gender equality because the next step after that is objectification and dehumanization.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Watch the full film below:

You can view more of Jodie’s work Here

Reaa is a cosmopolitan mix representing India, Kuwait, and the Bay Area. She is currently double majoring in Film & Media Studies and Interdisciplinary Field Studies at UC Berkeley and has big dreams to make films about social change. She is joining the WYV Team as a Videographer to visually capture and share the spirit of all things Oakland. If she were a tattoo, Reaa would be a paintbrush, tattooed as a water-color painting of a paintbrush (in shades of blues, reds, and white) going up the spine. Reaa see’s Oakland and the Bay (or the YAY) Area as an electric and diverse space filled with an influx of new ideas that continue to serves as a source of inspiration for her work. A few of her favorite things: - Cameras - Cafes - Great perfumes. Favorite Street in Oakland: Telegraph & 25th on a First Friday evening :-) Fave Spot in Oakland: Oakland’s Fox Theater for having been a former movie theater from way back when, for it’s beautiful architecture, and for having awesome concerts!

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