Power, Principles and Processes
Edited by James K. Beggan and Scott T. Allison
Chapter 3: Leadership and the Free the Nipple movement: An autoethnographic case study
The Free the Nipple movement is geared toward establishing equality for women in relation to men, with regard to their right to go topless in public. A further, and perhaps more significant, goal is to use the issue of toplessness to address other areas that may be problematic for women, such as animosity toward women breastfeeding in public places, body shaming, sexual violence, and unrealistic standards of female beauty. The chapter uses an ethnomethodological perspective to frame female toplessness as a breaching event, and uses autoethnographic methods to understand the movement as manifested in two public marches that took place in Louisville, Kentucky. Leadership processes, as well as the role of men in the Free the Nipple movement, are examined.
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