In response to Laura Nunley's letter contrasting the criminality of breast bearing with spousal and child abuse, I gotta say I wonder where she got her law degree, not to mention her motivation [“Equality Is Not a Crime,” March 6 Xpress].
As far as using this ridiculous subject to further some sort of utterly (no pun intended) misguided women's rights agenda, I would say, "Amelia Earhart, Susan B. Anthony and Ida B. Wells would be ever so proud." … Not.
Women's breasts are intimate devices. Nurturing and feeding children is intimate. The breasts' role in lovemaking is intimate. I'm glad I'm not equal to men in this arena. I, for one (or two — pun intended) am glad my breasts are special. I don't want them reduced to being compared to those of a shirtless fat guy mowing his lawn. That's a level of equality I don't seek.
I agree that we don't need a law forbidding bare breasts — it's juvenile and antiquated. I, however, will continue to reveal my breasts only to those with whom I'm intimate. I do this not to abide by some arbitrary law, but for that other thing women in general used to pride themselves in keeping … what was it? Oh, yeah — a little damned personal dignity!
— Mary Quinn