It seems like the main topic of discussion in my mind, lately, is just how hyper-sensitive society is becoming. It seems like no one can say anything without being called offensive or a bigot. Hell, apparently it is racially offensive for white girls to dress up in a geisha outfit without first asking for permission from . . . well, I guess from every person of Japanese descent?
But now, the "controversy" is coming from a picture featured in a headline article in the New York Times. The article was about raising awareness of the high risk of cancer in Israeli women, and their lack of access to gene testing. That seems like a fairly noble topic of discussion, but the prudes and childish weirdoes got all upset over this photo:
Oh my god! Women have NIPPLES?! Why the hell would the New York Times let that cat out of the bag?! I thought we were all supposed to just pretend that there is nothing but a void underneath women's clothing!
This image was not presented for the purpose of objectifying the woman's breast. This picture is of an actual breast cancer survivor. On her left breast is a scar from a lumpectomy. The picture was meant to be provacative, but not in a sexual way. But of course, some asshats didn't see it that way. Some are arguing that the image does objectify this woman because it doesn't show her face (nevermind the fact that the woman wished to remain anonymous).
There are even some people who are claiming that it is offensive because of her star of David tattoo because it "reminds them of the Holocaust." The woman is proudly Jewish, and she got the tattoo in order to express pride in her heritage. This is all the better considering the article is about Israeli women (calm down, Jersey, I know that not all Israeli women are Jewish).
But of course, the main controversy is over the fact that her nipple is almost exposed. Three words: Jesus. Fucking. Christ. For the life of me, I can't understand why some elements of American society are so uncomfortable with the notion of sexuality that their delicate sensibilities can't even handle a partial breast exposure.
"But Jack, think about the children!" C'mon, can we please stop pretending like kids have never, ever seen boobs? Every single one of us can remember a time when we saw a pair of boobs that we probably weren't "supposed" to see. And as far as I can tell, we're not all a bunch of sexual deviants out to rape each other.
I am all about teaching our children the virtues of being responsible with their sexuality, but I would argue that America's attempt to make children ashamed of their sexuality is harmful. Instead, we need to teach our children that the human form is a beautiful thing. The image above is not pornographic, and it is not meant to make its male readers have ants in their pants. The image is meant to show the beauty of the human form despite nature's best efforts to destroy it.
American society needs to stop acting so damn prudish. Shying away from a partially exposed breast is beyond childish. To those whose delicate sensibilities are offended by that photo I say this: Grow up.