America has placed such a stigma on nudity. But really, we all just need to chill the f*ck out.
At the moment, most of New York City seems to have their panties in a twist about some nudity in Times Square.
For anyone who doesn’t know what’s happening: there are some women practicing their legal right to bare the oh-so-forbidden private parts (painted, of course) in the center of the Universe – also known as Times Square, NYC.
Mayor de Blasio is arguing to get rid of these nudies, saying that it’s inappropriate for topless women to be prancing around such a touristy place.
But what about the Naked Cowboy? He gets to wear the exact same thing – cowboy boots and teeny tiny tighty whities. But because he’s a man, it’s okay?
Women around the city are bashing de Blasio, saying that he’s sexist and that this is a total double standard.
I mean, it’s true though. The city plans to take away our right to be topless as women, but not men’s?
Besides the whole double standard, people are putting way too much weight on this issue. Nudity isn’t something that we should be so scared of; being naked is natural.
So when did being naked become so goddamn offensive?
Not to mention, the gals in Times Square are certainly not showing anything more than what Miley Cyrus was putting out there last night at the VMAs. If the debate is that Times Square is a family place, don’t even try to argue that there weren’t any kids watching among the 8 million viewers that tuned in for last night’s performance.
At the end of the day, there are far more important issues happening in NYC right now – in Times Square nonetheless – so let’s sort out our priorities.
Artist Andy Golub puts it too perfectly to paraphrase:
“If you are looking for Disneyland, then you are in the wrong state. Times Square is a PUBLIC SPACE. And in New York City, being topless in public is LEGAL.”