Nipples, Bush & Peen Find Freedom Online—And On The Runway

by Holly Trantham

Rejoice, for the newly-liberated nipple is being joined by other body bits!

Instagram is finally making some progress on its stance about what constitutes “obscenity.” Like the Victorian institution it has time-and-again proven itself to be, the company recently took down an account for the Australian online mag Sticks and Stones when it posted a pubic hair-prominent pic:


This censorship perfectly aligns with society’s fucked up standards of beauty. We’re supposed to be okay with photo after photo of hairless, nearly nude women on Instagram, but not with a fairly tame photo featuring women’s natural body hair?!? Beyond the disturbing implication of female infantilization, this just further skews pubic public opinion about what bodies actually look like.

But on Wednesday, after weeks of #FreetheBush criticism from various media outlets—this is the Internet, after all—Insty recognized its mistake and reactivated Sticks and Stones’ account. Maybe social media is finally inching towards being a safe space for women’s bodies.

Penises are also getting the treatment they so long for and deserve: Rick Owens often brings sexual subject matter to his work (he’s never been afraid to “go there”). His AW15 ‘SPHINX’ show brought some male members to the runway, featuring garments with revealing peepholes that allowed onlookers to get an occasional dick glimpse:

Female sexuality is so often on display in photos and on the runway. We love that Owens seems to be leveling the playing field (even if it’s just the tip). 

Any other examples of anti-censorship we should know about? Share ‘em in the comments!

 Images c/o Sticks and Stones Agency and The Fashion Law

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