The Willard Wire Just Dropped a Bare-chested Bomb

It may take years for us to understand the importance of what is happening in Missoula, Montana this month.I have been waiting for the next real turning point in the topfreedom movement.  I think the student journalists of the Willard Wire have created it, especially coupled with last week’s New York Times piece on topfeedom that showed uncensored images of female nipples, a landmark in the mainstream media to my knowledge.When I see media coverage of topfreedom, I watch for several things at once… details of whatever event took place, the motivations behind the act, the quality of the coverage itself, and most importantly to me, the wake effect of that coverage, the commentary, the reactions, etc.Last month, a mixed-gender staff of Missoula, Montana high school students, Chase Boehmler, Kylie Hoedel, Keaton Alexander, Sarah McDonald, Tilly Kushner, Skylar Stanley, and Aurora Staggs published an issue of their school paper with the headline “Free the Nipple.” Boehmler authored the “Free the Nipple” article itself. Hoedel took the photos, designed the piece and co-edited it with Alexander.  McDonald and Staggs are assistant editors.  Kushner contributed a story about her experiences with slut shaming and violence.  Stanley, the paper’s business manager, wrote on the joys of bralessness

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