Esco explained it in the Q & A session after the film, and of course it is come up in her interviews. Apparently, the crew had obtained a permit to shoot on Wall Street. But as soon as topless women went into the street, the cops threatened to shut it down. Why? The NYPD maintained that passersby might think they’re shooting porn. So that they found themselves shooting the opening scene of Free the Nipple while not being allowed to reveal their nipples!

So during that first scene or two, I think they used distinct pasties or something along those lines. During the remainder of movie, they went topless. Fearful of getting arrested on the streets of NYC, most of the topless scenes were done in one take. The performers were literally running with the policemen on their heels. How sad that in a city as progressive as NYC, where women are legally allowed to be topless, they were always coping with the fact which they could get arrested!
As a topfree activist, I do have problems with the movie and how topless equality was represented. I found that the message of women’s equality was somewhat muddled and merely skimmed the surface. While there’s a short segment during Liv’s interview where she touches on the feminist issues associated with breasts and female bodies, the remainder of the movie is essentially about the problem of censorship and their problems in financing / found a grassroots movement.
The censorship theme tries to drive home the point that America censors innocuous nudity and glorifies violence. This point is further made clear in the beginning of the movie when Spencer Tunick is featured talking about how the New York Times had a problem using one of his pictures because one female breast was observable. In addition they contained some TV news footage from Janet Jackson’s nip slip fiasco during the Superbowl halftime show.
So what’s this movement and film primarily about? Ending censorship? Or helping women regain control in their bodies through topless equality?
In the movie, the girls talk about Femen but make no reference of the women who came before them. They never bring up the fact the Rochester 7 won their landmark case known as Folks v Santorelli in 1992 so making topfreedom a right for in NYS. Nor do they recognize any of those that got detained, filed lawsuits and place their standing and wellbeing on the line for women’s equality.
(Left to Right) Gigi Graff, Veronice Eveno, Lina Esco, Sarabeth Stroller, Lola Kirke, Casey LaBow & Liza Azuelon at Q&A
She insisted that Free the Nipple was meant to start a dialogue about all issues related to gender equality. When asked by Scout Willis (who was in the audience) what the following step was and what she felt now the film was out, Esco seemed uncomfortable and briefly mentioned equivalent pay that’s it. Esco made no mention or deep discussion about topfree rights, women’s rights, approval or anything else (other than equal pay).
She looked disconnected or tired of answering the question, Why nipples, why toplessness? It felt like she was saying what she believed was a better means to warrant her own movie. I feel that girls taking back their bodies through topfreedom is worthy of discussion and attention all on its own but unfortunately, I do not believe that Esco concurs (at least that was my belief).
Lina Esco at the NYC Film Premier of Free The NippleThe Socioeconomic Context of Naturism
Guest Site by: African American Naturist
One of the first things that global mercantile forces did to establish cloth markets among the indigenous peoples of the regions and islands of the Arctic, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, Australia, and Oceania Polynesian/Melanesian societies) and was to promote and enforce body shame upon subject populations, requiring the purchase of cloth garments.
It was done through religious institutions (doctrines, movements, jihad, and missionaries), in addition to military force. Some of the aims of textile enforcement should happen to establish, improve, and solidify hierarchical and societal sections among subject people according to sex, age, wealth, ethnicity, appearance, status, and many other criteria (i.e. who wears the trousers, skirts, uniforms, boots, bras, and badges) among subject residents to keep them more alienated from one another, less cooperative with each other, and more readily controlled.
Kate Middleton meets topfree Marau women, not long after being shamed for her own topless pictures in girl nudist .