I do wish I lived in the same neighborhood as my favorite Tumblr users and that a good portion of my FB friends lived in a cave w/ no WIFI access.
I’m pretty daced out right now, having returned home after a lengthy holiday in Ireland and London. It was interesting to say the least, and I’ll probably add more photos and tell more stories tomorrow when I’m dicking around on my last day of vacation. But I’ll say this right now:
My second trip to Ireland and London was every bit what a Hollywood sequel is.
Haven’t you noticed that pretty much in Hollywood these days, every sequel tends to do the same thing—try to make everything bigger, better, explodier, and steroidier?
Take The Matrix Reloaded: after the supermegasuccess of The Matrix, which was a brilliantly-crafted sci-fi action film based around a somewhat simple notion that the real world is not “the real world,” the Hollywood machine regurgitated some messy sequel that just grew infinitely more puzzling as it went along, trying to layer the once-simple notion of The Matrix with more mind fucks and crazier bullet-time stunts. I mean, half the movie is a revelation of some sort and the other half is slow-motion action stunts, since that bullet time trick ended up being very popular.
POINT IS—the sequel tried to hard to build a grander version of its predecessor. I just did that this year with my trip to Ireland and London. My first time in each place is buried in my memories forever as two of the best experiences in my life. Both places significantly crafted my outlook on life forever, and I had a yearning to go back with some real dough saved up. So I felt like I had to go back and do it with some pomp. But I don’t know that if this trip can compare to those first times. It’s like falling in love with a girl, then being separated by fate, and then finding each other years later with the hope of picking up where you left off. That’s a tough thing to achieve.
That’s not to say I didn’t have a fucking blast though.
That’s when the significance of her experience started to sink in: She had just been arrested, detained, fined, and saddled with a criminal record for very briefly standing still with her top off, in an unpopulated park, in a state where women are legally permitted to do just that.
For Mirville to have been rightfully arrested and correctly charged, her actions would’ve needed to be deemed “lewd.” Per the definition of lewd, that would mean there was something sexual about her actions that morning. The judgment as to whether or not her nudity was sexual in nature was made by the cop who arrested her. Perhaps it wasn’t merely Mirville’s state of toplessness that the cop found criminally lewd, but rather the act of photographing it. If that were the case, it stands to reason that the photographer would’ve also been arrested. Not surprisingly, he wasn’t.
Now we get to the core of what makes discriminatory topless laws and Mirville’s arrest so upsetting: The choice about whether or not her body was participating in a sex act that day was not her own. A third party — in a position of power, no less — looked at her neutrally posed, stationary, partially nude body and decided that what he saw was sexual in nature. Mirville was not choosing to engage in sexual conduct that morning. Someone else made that choice for her, despite her protests, and acted according tohisfeelings aboutherbody.
This mentality speaks to a culture of objectifying women that is so deeply embedded in our collective social psyche that it’s challenging for even the most equal-minded individuals to view a woman’s exposed body as benign. It’s a culture that, in fact, beats into women and men the notion that female bodies are exclusively sexual, even when acting in ways that would be innocuous and permissible for men.
That’s the real goal of the topless equality movement; it’s not necessarily about the right to bare breasts, rather a larger mental shift toward normalizing women’s bodies for the betterment of their entire social standing.
I don’t usually post NSFW stuff but the message here is super relevant in this socially progressive time we’re living in. Just think about super Christian conservative our country was ten years ago vs. where we could be in the next ten with forward, logical reasoning.