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FreeTheNipple: This Bikini Top Sticks Two Fingers Up To Censorship

Head to a beach this summer and you might see a bunch of women walking around with their nipples on show. But, before you drop your ice-cream cone on the floor and gawk, know that all may not be as it first seems.

The women may very well be sporting the new TaTa Top – a bikini top with two pink nipples emblazoned onto the cups.

At first glance the top may seem like some hilarious prank, but dig slightly below the surface and its creators have a distinctly more feminist agenda.

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While men are free to walk shirtless as they please, being topless if you’re a woman is illegal in some American states.

With that in mind the bizarrely realistic garment has been created in order to tackle the lack of gender equality when it comes to bearing all.

On their website the makers of the bikini, Robyn Graves and Michelle Lytle, write: “Why can’t girls be topless? If you really think about it, what’s the difference between a man’s nipples and a woman’s? Is it really just the extra breast tissue? Is it the fact that women’s nipples are paired with a vagina?

“Is it the presence of a real and true female nipple bare to the world that is so offensive, that is so horrid that it must be kept covered?

“Who is this law protecting and what are they protecting them from? What message does it send to young women about their bodies? That they should be ashamed and keep them covered?”

Although not directly associated, the bikini hits (online) shelves in the wake of the #FreeTheNipple movement.

The campaign – originally started by filmmaker Lina Esco – has seen hundreds of women parade topless around New York to end gender-specific double standards.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/06/24/tata-top-free-the-nipple-campaign_n_5525668.html

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