Norman Reedus — “Free the Nipple”!


Let’s face it ladies (and men!) greasy hair, unshaven, hasn’t bathed in weeks … and he’s still one of the sexiest men on TV. Actor Norman Reedus, one of America’s most popular bad-boy heart throbs — better known as Daryl on the epic TV series The Walking Dead —  recently posted a picture of himself on Instagram surrounded by two beautiful women — each holding their youngsters to their bosom and breastfeeding them. Reedus himself was holding a singular rubber breast in his left hand, while his right hand waved a peace sign. His post stated, “Free it! Love these ladies! Tonight’s show is gonna be awesome!!!” loves to see a prominent male figure in the media back the “Free the Nipple” movement. (It just makes us love Norman even more!) The Walking Dead has over 12 million viewers on average, and Norman’s Instagram page has over 2.2 million followers … way to get the word out Norman!

Norman isn’t the only celebrity backing the philosophy. Here’s a little background on the #Free the Nipple campaign. Entertainment Weekly credits Miley Cyrus for spawning the movement with a Twitter Post in December in 2013. Lina Esco directed a film called Free the Nipple. She started by asking the following questions (Huffington Post 2013):

Question: What is the legal penalty and fine for a woman walking topless on the streets of New York City?

a) 3 days in jail and $1,000

b) 1 days in jail and $5,000

c) 5 days in jail and $1,500

Answer: It’s a trick question, because, according to statute 245.01 per the Appeals Court of The State/City of New York, it is completely legal for a woman or a man to opt not to wear a shirt (or bra) in public. Of course, a man wearing a bra will get more stares than a woman wearing a bra (thank you, Madonna) and a woman going bare-breasted will draw more stares than a man doing the same, but why? Why is a woman’s nipple so controversial? I decided to tackle this subject with my new film —Free the Nipple.

Esco goes on to say that it is still considered a criminal act for a woman to be publicly topless in 37 states which includes breastfeeding in five of those states. Esco had initial hopes that “with a little ‘societal enlightenment’ we could influence legislation and the shock-and-shame reaction that one topless character in my film addresses with the rallying cry: “Don’t subject me to your shame, about my body!” is hoping that Norman’s post on Instagram will have more public impact and raise awareness of how feeding our children shouldn’t be a shameful and illegal act! Thanks Norman!


One Comment

  1. Great Posting! As far as making it a crime for a woman to walk topless in NYC … or anywhere for that matter, its so Last Century!
    I personally never understood what it is about our “modern society” that makes this a crime!?! I seems that Europe is more realistic about this than our supposed ‘Puritan’ America!, which is hypocritical by the actions and intents of many in our culture!

    On another level, I take issue with the laws about this, in that there is an element, to me, of wanting to protect men from losing control of their ability to act as civilized beings! It is somewhat reflective of the Arabs having their women covered in Burkas while the men can wear whatever … are they saying that men can’t be responsible to act civilly, if they see a women’s body? That may be true for some/many men but to enact a law that essentially states that men are weak and can’t control themselves is insulting to those of us men that are responsible! There should be a word for this … preventative licentiousness … men’s inability to behave like nice beings!!

    Keep up with the inspirational articles! I am enjoying the site. OH! BTW … what is the answer to the question?

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