Leadership and Sexuality
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Leadership and Sexuality

Power, Principles and Processes

Edited by James K. Beggan and Scott T. Allison

Although both leadership and sexuality are important and heavily researched topics, there is little work that addresses the interaction of the two areas. Leadership and Sexuality: Power, Principles, and Processes is a scholarly synthesis of leadership principles with issues related to sexuality and sexual policy-making. The authors’ multi-disciplinary analysis of the topic examines sexuality in the context of many different kinds of leadership, exploring both the good and the bad aspects of leadership and sexuality.
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Chapter 3: Leadership and the Free the Nipple movement: An autoethnographic case study

James K. Beggan


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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