This is the tale of one city, two sets of breasts, and two very different reactions.
A topless barber shop has recently opened in Cairns, in an attempt to delight the city’s male population. The owner of the business, Emma Gelling said, in the Townsville Bulletin, that the store was “designed as a bit of innocent fun for the city’s single men.”
A young mother breastfeeding her child in a department store was asked to leave the store as an employee allegedly told her it was against company policy to breastfeed in the store as it was offensive.
Onlookers claimed the breastfeeding mother was wearing a green cloth over her shoulder and thus her breasts were not visible. The woman in question declared on social media that she was and continues to be “pretty upset” by the ordeal.
From these two wildly contrasting responses to the exact same region of the female anatomy, one can draw various inferences.
Firstly, it seems that breasts are much more acceptable to some members of the public when they’re viewed in a sexual context.
Secondly, Australian women still face considerable discrimination and judgement whilst breastfeeding.
Thirdly, the act of breastfeeding is grossly misunderstood by a number of people.
So, let's go back to the basics.