Real women come with nipples. Barbie dolls do not. Ever wondered why?
Leaving aside their lack of genitalia, these plasticized dolls are sexually exaggerated in almost every other way to the point of caricature. Ample bust, wafer-thin waist to accentuate the hips and unrealistically long legs. Despite being modeled after an adult female body (a German comic-strip prostitute, mind you), the Barbie is sold as a children’s toy. The mind boggles.
The contradictory and skewed messages conveyed by this 21st-century pop icon reflect exactly what is so fucked up about society today. Being constantly fed these confusing visual representations of the female form from a young age, we grow up conditioned to associate the female nipple as something far removed from its true function as a newborn’s food source and a giver of life. It’s no wonder nipple phobia continues to trend on mainstream social media, and why new mothers aren’t free to breastfeed their babies in public without being made to feel like they are putting on a pornographic show. Meanwhile, men continue to run tits out around town without so much as an eyebrow raised.
Time to reclaim our nipple rights. At Stick To Reality, we think the solution is simple. To banish this ridiculous and unnatural nipple obsession back to the medieval ages where it belongs, we need to normalize what’s real. That just means one thing. Some nipple sensory overload is coming your way so get ready! You can help by getting our booby stickers out there. Use them liberally. Stick them everywhere and spread the love around. We want to see nipples all over media. Nipples in your face! Everywhere, everyday, till it loses its shock value.
Nipples ARE the norm. Get over it, or get used to it.
Gay and Pride – two words in the English dictionary emanating positivity and optimism, now synonymous and intricately bound to the LGBTQ community and the carefree and exuberant annual festivities celebrated in their name around the globe. It’s easy to forget the darker and more sobering reasons for their existence. Shame and condemnation brought on by society, conditioned to be ashamed of their own sexual orientation and gender identity, had dominated the psyches of queer folks for a good part of civilization.
Pride was born as a dignified response to the widespread shame.
Stonewall riots in 1969 have become a cornerstone of the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBTQ rights. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning, non-binary, asexual, polysexual… Has there ever been any other social movement more unifying and inclusive than the LGBTQ movement? It also happens to be one of the most successful ones. In less than five decades, the movement has made huge strides in putting an end to centuries of institutionalized oppression worldwide. In the past years, homosexuality has been decriminalized in more than 120 countries, with same-sex marriage being legalized in 29 of these nations.
Today, Pride is celebrated because shame continues to bear its ugly head. Each and every day, there are threats made against members of the LGBTQ community worldwide. News related to homophobia, transphobia and biphobia continue to make headlines, even in the most tolerant countries.
As much as we have come round to embracing the LGBTQ community, the momentum gained by their hard-won struggles continues to be punctuated. Pockets of resistance and hostility still exist — a sober reminder that the fight is far from over.
“It’s a time to honor how far we’ve come — but also how much further we still need to go.” Chris Hanna