vijayjohn wrote:Yasna wrote:linguoboy wrote:Let's just take a pause to remember that the primary biological purpose of mammaries is to nourish offspring. The fact that men in certain cultures have eroticised them to the point that they are considered too obscene to be displayed in public is...kind of gross when you think about it.
This could only be thought by someone not sexually attracted to breasts.
Wrong. I think boobs are hot but not obscene to be displayed in public.
I actually find breasts sexually attractive, whoever's wearing them. This makes the notion that it's okay when some people bare them and obscene when others do even more bizarre to me.
ETA: Today Tumblr surprised many by announcing that it will ban all "adult" content and the company's explanation of what this consists of give you an idea just how ridiculously arbitrary these distinctions are:
Banned content includes photos, videos, and GIFs of human genitalia, female-presenting nipples, and any media involving sex acts, including illustrations. The exceptions include nude classical statues and political protests that feature nudity. The new guidelines exclude text, so erotica remains permitted. Illustrations and art that feature nudity are still okay — so long as sex acts aren’t depicted — and so are breast-feeding and after birth photos.
Got that? No "female-presenting nipples" can be shown--unless there's an infant attached. "Non-female-presenting nipples" are fine--unless there's an adult attached, in which case it's now a "sex act" and banned.
As a friend posted today, why is Tumblr trying to police nipples like this? Because their default gaze is that of a straight male and (as Yasna has made abundantly clear) that gaze sexualises nipples--but only if they are attached to "female-presenting persons".