About 50 women attended the free the nipple picnic in Orleigh Park, West End. Photo: Amy Mitchell-Whittington
About 50 women attended the free the nipple picnic in Orleigh Park, West End. Photo: Amy Mitchell-Whittington

Free the nipple event attracts women of all ages

CUPCAKES, nipple paint and sunny smiles graced Brisbane's West End on Sunday, as women of all ages joined together in a bid to desexualise the nipple.

While not all of the 800 people who RSVPd on the Facebook event turned up, an intimate group of about 50 women, mothers, children, non-binary and transgender people gathered on rugs, lay in the sun and shared their stories as a scattering of men sat on the fringes and watched.

Zoe Buckley Lennox, 22, and Amanda Haworth, 21, created the event on Facebook earlier in the week to create a safe space where women didn't feel sexualised or shamed for freeing their nipples.

About 50 women attended the free the nipple picnic in Orleigh Park, West End. Photo: Amy Mitchell-Whittington
About 50 women attended the free the nipple picnic in Orleigh Park, West End. Photo: Amy Mitchell-Whittington

 

While the Facebook event page was filled with aggression and criticism, the picnic itself was a welcoming space.

Eloise Telford, 23, said the event was perfect timing for her, having taken off her shirt to get body painted at Woodford less than a month before. "I had the experience at Woodford and realised how freeing and awesome it felt and I thought, 'Yes, everyone needs to do this'," Ms Telford said.

More on this at Brisbanetimes.com.au


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