The nipple: the perfect symbol of human diversity and, of unity. Whether represented in art or grown in real life, these (wo)manifestations of mammalian nurture have been the subject of great taboo, controversy and inexplicable shame. Today we stand together as one species under the stars, to unite against gender discrimination. At Ministry of Burlesque, we invite you to take part in our ‘Nippleodeon’.
Each nipple is uniquely expressed on the body, appearing in an infinite variety of sizes, colours, shapes, ages, textures… and we all have them. They are little human galaxies of epidermal wonder. It is absurd that these personal zones of sensitivity apparently need policing both on and offline. So much so that we feel they are the ultimate emblem of gender inequality. From controversy surrounding breastfeeding in public to product advertising, the history of nipple tassels in burlesque and rules surrounding sunbathing, our nips have been (and still are) co-opted for social discrimination. As liberal as the world of arts is considered to be, it too is not without gender inequality biases of its own (or as enforced by the status quo); there are often venue rules that only apply to female anatomy e.g. no nipples to be seen on stage (but male nips are fine). What of transgender women’s nipples? What of transgender men’s nipples? Gender non-binary nipples? Or are these nips in some sort of policy limbo? As producers we have yet to get a straight answer on this from venues. It has even informed our artistic contract, to the effect that we require all performers, crew, audience and so-on to cover their nips – if any one group is told they must.
This gallery of anonymised nipples is an attempt to further demonstrate the ridiculous nature of the body shame nipocrisy. Every nipple is unique – we challenge anyone to ‘classify’ their differing propriety:
Help us nip this in the bud and submit your nips!
If you would like to submit your nips, please do – we want ALL the nips! Be they selfie shot, artistically photographed, bejewelled, augmented, enhanced, surgically redefined… Please send very clear high res images as we want to see all the bumps, hairs and marks that celebrate each one.
(Please note, your anonymous nip pic may also end up as part of a design, on other printed and online materials).
Subvert the Shame with Chiffon!
Coming soon… our own lightweight scarves, craftily designed with a veritable nation of nipples for all to be enjoyed/offended by. Perfect for when you want to breastfeed in public or change your attire on the beach. Keep abreast of the rules but ensure that as many nipples are on show as possible.
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