In a bizarre twist of American history, preachers and clergy in the 1900’s vilified not just women’s, but men’s nipples – branding them “immoral” and “evil” to the unsuspecting eyes of children and impressionable women. Legislation was passed and all human areola were banned in public places. Thousands of men protested for their right to shed their oppressive wool tank tops at the beach and free their “man nipples” forever. The revolution ignited in 1930 when four guys were arrested in Coney Island for going shirtless on a hot beach. Then icon Clark Gable stripped off his shirt in It Happened One Night, marking the scandalous debut of a male’s uncensored nipples in American cinema. In 1935 New Jersey hit back with a mass arrest of 42 topless men in Atlantic City. After years of protest and outrage New York lifted the male topless ban in 1936, and suddenly a man’s nipples were no longer “obscene” in society, but rather commonplace and natural.
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