Equality is certainly important, but I want to share my thoughts on something much more valuable than equality, and that is happiness.
Saying we want to be equal to men still puts men in power. They decide what they get, and then we can have the same thing. But if I look around and see a bunch of miserable men, I don’t want equality! I want something more, for both men and women. And if it takes women to lead our culture to health, maturity and happiness, then let the men try to catch up to us. We are powerful! If we use our power for good, our insurrection is justified.
The thing about walking bare-chested is that it is such a bold act of self-love. You are saying to the world, here I am. Here is my body. Here is what it looks like when I walk. My breasts wobble. My nipples get erect in a breeze. My skin gets dimpled in cold. My chest flushes in heat. My body works. And I love myself, every part.
It is one thing to stand in front of a mirror and say, “I’m okay. I don’t care what they say.” It is quite another to stand in front of a crowd and say it. It is empowering. And that empowerment is the real reason people are scared of bared-breasts.
I say women decide what women want and men decide what men want and we work together like grown adults to make each other happy and treat each other equally under the law and give everyone equal opportunity to pursue her or his own definitions of happiness. Not a new idea, but so easily forgotten.