Wednesday, 5 August 2015

The Politics of Breasts

NSFW WARNING: You should assume any link in this blog is not safe for work.*

Ezra Levant spent ten minutes and six tweets decrying the horrors of a person who is running to lead the country having his picture taken with a woman.

That seems like an odd sentence, doesn't it? Of course a man and woman can have their picture taken together!

Not so, if the woman is topless. This picture was taken at the Toronto Pride Parade. Toronto, where it's perfectly legal to go topless. Therefore, I can only assume there's outrage at this photo.

As an aside, I feel absolutely horrible for this woman. I'm assuming she asked for this picture. I don't know how it got out, but it did. I have no idea what her name is, but I suspect in the coming days I will. She did nothing wrong here and there's a good chance a million people will be inappropriately sexualizing her this time next week.** 

Against my better judgement, I'm going to try and answer the idiotic questions posed by Mr.Levant:

What politician would pose for this picture?
Justin Trudeau

What strategist would advise it?
I imagine a strategist doesn't advise on every single picture the candidate takes. 

What point does it prove?
That you consider the female body obscene. 

Does this photo court the vote of women? Of moms? Of wives? 
It might? I don't think that's the point though. I wasn't there, but I would guess the young lady asked Mr.Trudeau for a picture and he gave her one just like he did the topless men. 

What does it say about him? About what he thinks of her? 
That he isn't the kind of man who thinks every time a female nipple is visible it's time for a sex act. 

What father of daughters would vote for Trudeau upon seeing this? What mother of daughters? What older brother? 
Ones that don't consider the female body to be merely sexual object for male fulfillment.  

This is what a frat boy does; what a “ladies’ man” does. Is it what a husband & father does? A leader? 
Yes. A woman asked for her picture taken and he obliged and didn't discriminate against her breasts. 

Seriously.
Yes, seriously. 

Media Party clucked when I criticized Trudeau kissing another man’s young bride on her wedding day. There’s a pattern.
There's a pattern of treating women as autonomous beings capable of deciding what's appropriate to do with their body.

If you were being attacked as unserious, childish, “just not ready” would you pose for a photo that proved that true?
Probably not. Though, this photo does nothing of the sort. 

So there you have it. It's the 21st century and we're still fighting against people terrified of breasts. 

*Though, there's really nothing sexual about the picture, I appreciate that this may land some people in hot water at their place of employment.
**By the by, maybe she wants to be sexualized - and there's nothing wrong with that either. 

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