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Sunday 26 February 2017

Nipple drama shows we still have a lot of growing up to do about women's bodies

Lorraine Courtney

Homegrown festivals like Knockanstockan do a lot for Irish music but there is a call for radio stations to do more to support local talent (Stock photo)
Homegrown festivals like Knockanstockan do a lot for Irish music but there is a call for radio stations to do more to support local talent (Stock photo)

Nipples, that most ordinary, everywoman piece of anatomy, have been causing all sorts of drama this week. A young woman has claimed that she was escorted out of Knockanstockan music festival in Wicklow by six gardaí for doing what most of the men surrounding her were doing - enjoying the concert topless.

In a Facebook post shared thousands of times already, Carina Fitzpatrick explains that her goal was to highlight "the many glaring double standards that are imposed upon women". Initially, Carina took her top off when a man at the festival began taunting her group of friends, who were dancing.

"Oh yeah," he shouted. "'Free the nipple', go on then - get your t*ts out." (A reference to the 'Free the Nipple' campaign, an American movement that seeks to legalise a woman's right to go topless in public - because, well, men can do just that).

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