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    Women Letting Men Grope Their Breasts : The Fine Line Between Expression Of Sexuality And Stupidity At The San Fermín Festival

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    July 9, 2016

    The Running of The Bulls festival began with its “Chupinazo” on the first day on 6th July in Spain. With revellers going crazy and women flashing their breasts for others to grope them, we discuss how this act walks on the thin line between freedom and stupidity.

    One of the most popular festivals in Spain, the San Fermín or the Running of The Bulls festival’s opening day saw plenty of wine splashing, breasts flashing and hormones lashing. Quite literally. Thousands of revellers gathered to bathe themselves in red wine and go berserk with the confetti and quite disturbingly, grope the breasts of women who flashed them voluntarily.

    Yes. Voluntarily. Confused? So am I.

    Which is why it begs me to question that at exactly what point of time, do we draw a line between freedom of “expression” and total idiocy.

     

    A woman at the fest freely exposing her breats for men to grope her

    A woman at the fest freely exposing her breasts for men to grope her

    Sure, there are confident women who are comfortable with their sexuality but is the exhibition of that comfort on a public medium in front of strangers the only way to prove their point?

    The show of nudity under the name of a social cause isn’t a new phenomenon, by the way. Take the “Free The Nipple” campaign on Twitter, which in the name of women empowerment indirectly promoted blatant exhibitionism of nudity by women on social media and ended up making a mockery of a good cause.

     

    Men are more than happy to witness the show and even promote it

    Men are more than happy to witness the show and even promote it

    And is the reciprocation of this act (men groping women at the festival) really a means of display of support by the opposite sex or just a way to subconsciously take advantage of the situation?

    Now, I hate to be a prude in this situation but my personal opinion doesn’t mean that I reflect a particular community and as for this case, I find the situation and the rituals as absurd. Every day, we see thousands of cases of sexual harassment worldwide and yet women somehow feel comfortable with consensual groping? How is that logical by any means?

     This fest has already come under periodic scrutiny for risking the lives of at least 200-300 people every year by making them dodge bulls and now we have another element added to it.

     

    The pratice of "Running The Bulls, which has triggered animal rights protests this year.

    The practice of “Running The Bulls”, which has triggered animal rights protests this year.

    People may be nonchalant or dismissive about this by referring to the involved individuals as drunk but that only makes things worse. Have we really come that far as a species that we’ll breach limits of common sense by indulging in willful public nudity in the name of celebration?

    And this paints a really contrasting picture among the general mindset of people.

    On one side, we are taught to be respectful towards women and not objectify them in any manner and on the other side, we are free to watch them semi-naked, cop a feel of their bodies and call it festive mood. What do we learn from this contrast?

     

    Another not-so-shining example of women being okay with public nudity.

    Another not-so-shining example of women being okay with public nudity.

     

    If by any chance, the argument of women empowerment comes into play, then I guess there are better methods for that such as providing education, resources, jobs and safety to women rather than encouraging them for nudity to emphasize their equality.

    Sure it sounds cliché and archaic while reading, but as smart people, we really need to question ourselves and not be hypocrites when it comes to respecting the opposite sex.

    And as for women, if you still believe that the festivities of this event are “cool” and empowering, well, then I guess you really need to look at the bigger picture and its consequences.

    Your move, feminists.


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