Are women in India free yet??
Recently, Lisa Haydon had to go through a barrage of body shaming and sexually explicit comments when she posted a picture of herself breastfeeding her son on Instagram. The comments were not only downright nasty but full of sexual innuendos on breast and breast milk while missing the point which Lisa was trying to make on breastfeeding.
Actress Esha Gupta had to face similar harsh reactions when she posted a photo from her recent photo-shoot where she’s wearing a black thong and holding pomegranates to cover her breasts. While the West is witnessing a massive support to “Free The Nipple” campaign, the story on Indian shores is quite different.
There’s only a thin line when it comes to breasts being shown in a sexual or motherly manner, and our society is having hard time locating that line.
Many celebs like Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne and Bella Hadid have been posting braless photos of them on social media to support the campaign, which argues that women should be allowed to bare their nipples in public.
On her website Kendall said, “Lately, it’s like I’m either braless or I have my bra out. I’m all about freeing the nipple! I just think it’s cool to show off what’s under your shirt—whether that’s a cute bralette or just skin.”
Apparently, for some reason, breasts are extremely offensive to people. Or should we say the bare breasts tend to hurt the misogynistic mindset? Women are not allowed to breastfeed in public or show their nipples on social forums but the same media sells women’s bodies in the form of popular culture. If a woman’s body is not hers then whose it is?
A couple of years ago, Salma Hayek went on a televised humanitarian trip to Sierra Leone, where she fed a hungry baby with her own breasts. (She was weaning daughter Valentina at the time.) She said simply, "Am I being disloyal to my child by giving her milk away? I actually think my baby would be very proud to share her milk. And when she grows up I'm going to make sure she continues to be a generous, caring person.”.
Similarly, actress Olivia Wilde posted an adorable picture of her feeding her son Otis for a photo-spread for a magazine.
Other actresses and models like Julie Bowen, Gisele Bundchen, Jaime King, Miranda Kerr, Gwen Stefani, Chrissy Teigen and Pink too have shared pictures of them breastfeeding their babies.