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This artist has found a new way to #freethenipple

This artist has found a new way to #freethenipple
Instagram's strict no-nudity policy has been a hot topic in recent months. It's sparked debate, a slew of body-positive art, and even ignited its own #freethenipple movement. After all, if it's fine to watch a man get shot in the head by these standards, what's the big deal about showing a slip of a woman's nipple? “A great deal of my art projects are about the female body, so I had struggles promoting my projects online due to the naked censorship policy on Instagram and Facebook,” says artist Esmay Wagemans. “I wanted to create a ‘problem-solving’ product which wouldn’t break the Instagram guidelines, but would still give me the opportunity to show the naked body. This is where we designed the first latex suit.” This latex suit would be the start of her latest project, “Second Skin” – which is a direct response to the hypocrisy shown by these sites. “I wonder if a naked body is really that shocking to us, or whether it's the perfect example of a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

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Women free bleed outside parliament to protest tampon tax Women are lucky. Every month, after a killer onset of cramps, migraines and psycho hormones, we get a period. That's five to seven glorious days where we bleed uncontrollably out of our vaginas, and indulge in some sensuous tampon usage – which, in case you weren't aware, is a seriously indulgent experience. Only it isn't. In reality, tampons are a very essential part of being a woman – though it's the former picture that's being painted by the UK government.