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19th August 2008

Let there be breasts

Posted by: Kitten Power

I’m glad common sense has prevailed and the “controversial” Boobs on Bikes parade has been allowed.  I think it’s a victory against this backlash of dull conservatism the country is being beset with.  Ok, so Bob McCroskrie and Christine Rankin are offended by public displays of breasts, but quite frankly I wouldn’t want to hang out with them on Queen St anyway.

My girlfriend and I went to the first parade purely out of curiosity.  To be honest, it was pretty rubbish.  The breasts were so fake they didn’t even bounce when the motorcycles went over bumps in the road.  I like the real thing.  Plus the crowd was strangely quiet . . . it was like they didn’t know how to react . . . and just stood in a state of hush. 

The most interesting thing was actually the make up of the crowd.  Of course there were plenty of pimply excited young straight men, but there were also a lot of women there.  Not all were lesbians (though I must say the young dyke population of Auckland was out in force), there were also lot of straight women locked up in cuddles with male partners.  So while some women are seemingly offended by breasts, many don’t have a problem . . . and probably don’t want an Auckland City Councillor to lie in front of the bikes on their behalf.

I understand some parents are worried about the impact on children, but children should be at school on Wednesday anyway.  While any kids under five are unlikely to be too concerned, considering it was only a few years ago breasts were their main source of nourishment.

As the Auckland judge has ruled, breasts are not offensive (I worry for anyone who thinks they are!).  It is a wise decision because it is not just about breasts.  I see it as a good firm blow against this rise of loud and obnoxious conservatism that is giving me, for one, a hell of a headache. 

The women in the parade, fake breasts or not, are all adults as far as I’m aware, fully willing to take their shirts off.

So let there be breasts.  And bring on the return of the Hero Parade, especially for those of us who were too young to ever attend one.

I’m sure many of you agree and disagree with me, I’m interested in some different opinions here.  Or reviews from anyone who attends the parade.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Breast in show // Aug 19, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    I’ll be watching tomorrow!
    Boobs on Bikes always attracts a big crowd… and last year there were even a truckload of drag queens making tits of themselves as part of it.
    :-)

  • 2 Craig Young // Aug 19, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    According to the Raelian UFO religious group, they’ll apparently have a stall inside the Expo entitled Clitoraid, which is one of their subsidiary organisations established to oppose female genital mutilation in Africa and elsewhere, and
    safeguard women’s right to independent sexual
    pleasure.

    I may think they’re a little eccentric, but this sounds quite worthy of them.

    See: http://www.clitoraid.org

  • 3 Phloss // Aug 19, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    I’ll be there - hope to video a bit of it if I can too! Boobs are beautiful and should be loved and worshiped not made taboo by the government.. Hell I’ve had my tits out (under a layer of bodypaint) before!

  • 4 Wayne // Aug 19, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Yeah boobs on bikes is alright. It’s not a sex show on the back of a float is it?

    And yes. BRING BACK THE HERO PARADE! :) xxxxx

  • 5 Craig Young // Aug 20, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Meanwhile, according to Scoop, the Auckland Women’s Centre and Stop Demand will be holding a pre-parade protest against what they consider to be the ‘objectification’ of women, and fundamentalist Family First wants legislation to ban topless parades.

  • 6 Craig Young // Aug 20, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    And here’s a copy of the BoB decision, courtesy of Victoria University law academic Dean Knight:

    http://www.vuw.ac.nz/staff/dean_knight/EROTICA_EXPO.pdf

  • 7 Kitten Power // Aug 20, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks Craig. Apparently ECPAT is handing out pictures of some of Steve Crow’s more explicit pornography. Interesting mix on Queen St!

    What do you think of that “porn fuels violence” debate?

  • 8 Craig Young // Aug 20, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    If only it were that simple. Surely sexual violence has a range of cultural causes, not just one. I am concerned by focusing predominantly on a particular narrow subgenre of straight porn, these well-intentioned feminist organisations may be losing sight of the range of other institutions that promote misogynist notions about rape and sexual violence.

    For example, what caused vehement anti-porn zealot Graham Capill to sexually abuse those three little girls? Obviously, not exposure to erotic media. It’s more complex than that.

    Added to which, it concerns me that neither side of this debate seems to be discussing what turns straight (and bi, and lesbian) *women* on when it comes to their erotic entertainment. Surely if this material does have some causal connection to rape, there needs to be alternative erotic imagery available?

  • 9 Bleh // Aug 24, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    So you don’t mind that the boobs on bikes promoted a particular brand of pornography that means women are seen merely as pieces of meat there for the pleasure of men (and, as you’ve proven, lesbians)?

    Boobs in public are fine, those against the parade are against women being shown as toys and the context that posed during lunch time on New Zealand’s busiest street.

    Again, KittenPower misses the point.

  • 10 Craig Young // Aug 24, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    I’m sorry Bleh, but I sincerely doubt that
    the Christian Right opponents of the BoB
    parade believed in ‘womens empowerment’-
    I cannot help but remember the Society for
    Promotion of Community Standards which
    is anti-porn but which also campaigned strongly
    against making spousal rape a criminal offence
    back in 1982.

    And which is the NZ Christian Right so damned quiet about Graham Capill now, when it was
    perfectly willing to endorse his silly media stunts
    back in the nineties?

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