I feel safe and liberated standing in front of a crowd topless. Its a way of reclaiming my body and sexuality. Free the Nipple is not about telling other women (or men) what to do, its about choice, body equality and perception.
I am of the opinion that to achieve true equality, whether it be related to race, gender, anything, a level playing field where the same rules apply to everyone is fundamental and needs to be established. That's fair enough, right?
Lead by Object and UK Feminista, activists will speak to shareholders of the UK's biggest retailer, Tesco, as they file in to their AGM at the Queen Elizabeth II Hall. The request? That shareholders ask Tesco to 'lose the lads' mags' by ceasing to stock publications that fuel attitudes underpinning violence against women.
It was only when I lived and worked in Honduras briefly aged 21 and suffered daily cat-calls, hisses and spitting from local men in the street, that something truly and irrevocably sank in. Being treated differently for occupying a female body wasn't just frustrating and irritating.