Damaris All in One, stunning isn't it?

Damaris All in One, stunning isn't it?

Hello Swimwear and Lingerie Enthusiasts!

Can you believe it’s almost the weekend already? Man I love long weekends and the ensuing short weeks!

For today’s Fitting Tip Thursday topic, I wanted to take a little survey of my darling readers and fellow lingerie fanatics feelings about an incredibly tabboo and naughty subject…{side eyes}… maybe I’ll just whisper it, so I don’t upset anyone… ahem…nipple.

Ackkkk! Noooooo, my virgin ears!!!!!

Ackkkk! Noooooo, my virgin ears!!!!!

Ack! Did she just say that? OMG, How absurd, how audacious, how weird that we get all bent out of shape over a part of the human body that both genders have. It’s odd isn’t it? Why do we only freak out about women’s nipples and not men’s? Oops, there I go saying it again.

I'm sorry, stop hiding I won't say it anymore...........NIPPLE

I'm sorry, stop hiding I won't say it anymore...........NIPPLE

I’ve been tooling around on the internetz and checking out all sorts of new lingerie and sites to share with you and as I was looking around, I kept thinking the same thing… why are the lingerie sites/brands/retailers photo-shopping out women’s nipples?

Figleaves is an online lingerie retailer that I absolutely adore! They have an amazing selection, near constant sales {oh, be still my flaming credit card} and a bizarre aversion to women’s nipples.

Here is a Freya Arabella Underwired Plunge Bra from their Bra section:

Either Figleaves or Freya Bras apparently have the amazing ability to make nipples disappear oooohhh spooky

Either Figleaves or Freya Bras apparently have the amazing ability to make nipples disappear oooohhh spooky

First things first, how gorgeous is that bra? WANT!

Now, either they have completely photo-shopped her areolas and nipples right off her body or they have somehow managed to hire a plethora of nipple-less lingerie models…they’re very rare you know.

Nope, it must be a Corporate Policy of Figleaves and not Freya, turns out Eberjey’s Peek-A-Boo Chemise isn’t so very peek-a-boo-ish without nipples to peek through the sheer fabric.

Figleaves presents the Eberjey Peek-A-Boo Chemise for shy nipples... although your mileage may vary

Figleaves presents the Eberjey Peek-A-Boo Chemise for shy nipples... although your mileage may vary

It may seem like I’m picking on Figleaves, but I’m actually not. You see, their policies will be in place because some “concerned citizens group” has created a ruckus somewhere and the laws created to appease them and governing what does and doesn’t constitute pornography are controlling the advertisers’ actions in this matter. What really gets me is that they have to do this in order to appeal to the largest market sector and still be able to operate online and in public.

Eberjey Peek a Boo (Super Floaty) Chemise, this way you can see how it will look in the wash!

Eberjey Peek a Boo (Super Floaty) Chemise, this way you can see how it will look in the wash!

Some online retailers like A Tropical Affair show the product on a woman with visible nipples, whereas Journelle have opted to show the product only, as in not on a person. The lingerie definitely looks better when modeled on a human body {and no a mannequin doesn’t do it justice either…fyi, mannequins totally freak me out… but not so much that I don’t occasionally hop up on store displays and pretend to be one until someone stops notices… it’s the little things in life people, embrace the fun} and it doesn’t seem fair or right that a retailer is hog-tied by the local bylaws for a global online presence when another retailer isn’t.

Real or mannequin? Either way how can she look so bored surrounded by all that lingerie?

Real or mannequin? Either way how can she look so bored surrounded by all that lingerie?

But, it isn’t the fairness that bugs me… it’s the prim and proper attitude behind it all. What the heck is wrong with women’s nipples? The Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” is the perfect example. She still gets flack to this day for having her breast exposed while Soccer players routinely rip their shirts off and run victory laps shirtless {and I hope they never stop!!!!} Everyday, a man is walking around with his nipples hanging out or visible through his shirt, he isn’t being told to cover up. He isn’t being told that his anatomy is licentious and rude and potentially pornographic.

Eeek.... those are exposed nipples!!!!!

Eeek.... those are exposed nipples!!!!!

I’m not unaware of the fact that women’s breasts have been overly-sexualized longer than sliced bread, but I can’t understand why it’s okay to show her breasts but not the nipples… it’s just not making sense and it’s starting to hurt my head. It’s making me feel all crazy muppety.

Meeker says; "Ahhhh, just stop saying nipple!!!!!"

Meeker says; "Ahhhh, just stop saying nipple!!!!!"

Just kidding, I’m okay, but inquiring minds do want to know.

Could I beg of you all to kindly take the following Nipple Survey and let me know your thoughts on the matter? If I’m crazy {which is highly likely but that doesn’t necessarily mean that my nipple confusion isn’t a fair question…just that I’m nuts about nipples…that could make a really great new Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavour!} then I’ll just learn to get over it… BUT, if you feel the same way, then maybe we can give our favourite online and bricks and mortar retailers a heads-up about how their nipple-editing makes us feel!

I’m looking forward to your answers, so don’t be shy, tell me what you really think of the whole issue or non-issue as the case may be!

Cheers,

Maggie

Gilda and Pearl Lingerie

Gilda and Pearl Lingerie