Free the Nipple


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Why are women on social media intentionally letting their nips slip? Cristen and Caroline discuss the history and celebrity-fueled rise of the Free the Nipple movement and what bare nipples have to do with gender equality.

"Selected Press Release: Historian Reveals Janet Jackson's 'Accidental' Exposing of Her Breasts Was the Height of Fashion in the 1600s" http://web.archive.org/web/20040803155530/http:/www.newsandevents.warwick.ac.uk/index.cfm?page=pressrelease&id=1858

"The Bared Bosom in 17th and 18th Century Art" http://isiswardrobe.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-bared-bosom-in-17th-and-18th.html

"Has the Nipple Lost Its Shock Value?" http://www.vogue.com/872396/memorable-boob-moments-in-fashion-history/

"Free the Fashion Nipple: A Brief History of Runway Boobs" http://www.thefashionspot.com/runway-news/420487-free-the-fashion-nipple-a-brief-history-of-runway-boobs/#/slide/1

"The Weird, Wild Legal History of Breasts and Nipples" https://www.yahoo.com/health/the-weird-wild-legal-history-of-breasts-and-104942336487.html

"Meet the Women Behind the #FreeTheNipple Movement" http://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/news/a15444/meet-the-women-behind-freethenipple-movement/

"Free the Nipple" http://freethenipple.com/what-is-free-the-nipple/

"#FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/freethenipple-women-in-iceland-bare-breasts-in-solidarity-with-trolled-student-10136238.html

"#FreeTheNipple: Facebook allows breast feeding photos in change to nudity and pornography policy" http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/freethenipple-facebook-allows-breast-feeding-photos-in-change-to-nudity-and-pornography-policy-9532695.html

"A Brief History of Celebrities Trying to Free the Nipple" http://www.vogue.com/13277287/free-the-nipple-chrissy-teigen/

"Matt McGorry Has Joined the #FreeTheNipple Movement" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/matt-mcgorry-wants-to-free-the-nipple_559d8074e4b01c2162a5c552?http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nipples-art-history-appropriate-for-social-media_559d453ae4b05b1d028f74ce

"Free the Nipple and Its Relationship to Standards of Beauty: Exploring Exclusivity in the Mammary Movement" http://www.bustle.com/articles/60103-free-the-nipple-and-its-relationship-to-standards-of-beauty-exploring-exclusivity-in-the-mammary-movement

"Why Feminists Are Fighting a Losing Battle Over Boobs" http://theweek.com/articles/561537/why-feminists-are-fighting-losing-battle-over-boobs

Topics in this Podcast: feminism, sexism, breasts, breastfeeding, Twitter, Activism