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Activists meet for free The Nipple in Brighton and Hove Brighton News

DOZENS danced and cheered half naked in the windy weather on Hove this afternoon for the “free the nipple” protest.

Activists aiming to “challenge the dictatorship with the male gaze” gathered at the Hove Lawns Peace Statue at noon.

A free nipple painting was provided as half-naked protesters danced to music and applauded “free the nipple” to those passing by on the promenade.

Organizer Bee Nicholls, from Brighton, said: “It is important to recognize and challenge double standards in society.

“People love it, people are really supportive and the events are really life changing for people.

“People feel very empowered and happy and it’s open to all ages and genders.”

Previous years have reportedly seen protesters marching through the city.

However, this year’s event – the first after last year’s forced break – was static so people could maintain social distancing if they wished.

Those gathered aimed to reclaim ownership of their bodies and voices “in the face of the oppressive double standards of society”.

Co-host Mickey said, “Freeing the Nipple is essentially a protest against the sexualization of female and trans bodies.

L'Argus: Mickey co-organizerCo-organizer Mickey

“I think it draws attention to the issues within the female and trans communities and gets people talking.

“It’s quite shocking to see – most people aren’t used to seeing people with their nipples that aren’t cis men.

“It starts the conversation.”

Activists say there are “oppressive double standards” within society, which the protest aims to challenge.

At around 1 p.m., around 40 people present demonstrated in silence against violence against women.

Holidaymakers Zelah Riley and Morz Marlow joined them after passing the protest on the waterfront.

The Argus: Holidaymakers Zelah Riley and Morz Marlow joined the protest after a skinny dipHolidaymakers Zelah Riley and Morz Marlow joined the protest after a scant dive

Zelah said: “We were down from Norfolk for a few days and just spotted him.

“We had just had a swim – we love naturism very much.

“We don’t understand why men can sit topless and women can’t.

“We get naked all the time, politically, and I think there is still a lot of misogyny in the world.”

If you would like to learn more about the event, visit the organization’s website at freethenipplebrighton.wordpress.com.

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Source: www.theargus.co.uk
This notice was published: 2021-08-21 14:23:10

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