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Chelsea Handler ban proves nipple-phobia exists

WARNING: You will be exposed to some seriously healthy, female titties if you read this!

By Ciara Rouege

When you find an excuse to stand half naked on a snow-covered mountain range, take it! Comedian Chelsea Handler has made her next strike in a battle with Instagram and its fickle policy banning nude post.

Handler has been banned from Instagram after posting several partially nude photos including a tasteless ass pic, mimicking noted Instaslut Kim Kardashian.

The war started in October after Handler posted a topless picture of herself riding horseback. It was a hit at Russian President Valdmir Putin. It’s hard to say who had the better rack. But Chelsea, you do have the better steed!

It couldn’t be more clear Handler is trying to stay relevant. However, what’s with America’s fear of boobies? Entertainment media often alludes to sexual activity in manners that are more blatant and tactless. There are thousands of Instagram accounts featuring women modeling every inch of top skin– minus the nipples. Is it female nips that scare us?

Male nipples are often glanced over with no concern and female nipples incite eroticism or public shame.  The madness behind the Handler nudes reflect the patriarchal institution that controls mainstream perception of the female sexual identity.

Picture from Nicki Minaj’s Instagram

It all points to a deeper problem with our perception of the female body, which can only be viewed naked if its not being sexualized. We see hundreds of images everyday with women posing cleavage forward or butts tooted out, but a single picture of a woman standing topless in a backpack disturbs us.

Be sure to cover those nipples, ladies! Otherwise, you’re naked. Instagram should just cut to the chase and say female nipples are banned.

I’m going to have to side with Handler on this one. I’ve seen cruder pictures on Instagram and across other social media. We all know that one girl whose profile picture is literally an up-close snapshot of her bare ass.

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