I'm conflicted. On one hand, I'm all about freedom of expression, the abolition of body-shaming, and a wholesale relaxation of the archaic standards of "morality" mainstream culture labors under. On the other hand, I can see the nipples of the bra model in last week's American Apparel ad (March 13).
It's not like you decided to print pornography-it's an advertisement, and somehow that's worse. The company has a history of female objectification and a laughable attempt at monetizing corporately mandated fat acceptance (Google Nancy Upton) on their record, and I don't know whether to be surprised at the escalation of their commodification of sex or consider it par for the course.
Don't get me wrong. Nipples are great! Mine, yours, everybody's. But as long as mainstream culture has this moratorium on erogenous zones-and ridiculous double standards for women, as evidenced by a bill recently introduced in North Carolina that would potentially punish the owners of exposed female areolas with jail time-maybe City Paper shouldn't print advertising from a corporation using them to sell products.