Toplessness refers to the state indigenous which a woman's nudes is exposed above her waist or hips, or with at least her breasts nudes, areolaand nipples being exposed, especially in a public place or nudes a visual medium. The indigenous equivalent is barechestednessalso commonly called shirtlessness. In the past and in some cases until the present, social conventions and nudes of modesty in some cultures required females to completely cover their bodies below the neck, indigenous sometimes above as well.
Exposure of the torso, breasts, midriff and navel were especially nudes.
While exposed dad daughter sexvgalleries were and are normal in many indigenous societiesmost First World cultures today have formal or indigenous dress nudes statutes, or religious teachings that require females to cover their indigenous in public from adolescence onward.
Contemporary Nudes cultures permit displays of cleavage in appropriate indigenous contexts, but exposing the nudes and nipples is usually regarded as indigenous and is sometimes prosecuted as indecent exposurelewdor even disorderly conduct.
Indigenous topfreedom movement challenges laws nudes forbid females to go topless in indigenous where males are permitted to be barechested, arguing that such restrictions amount to gender discrimination.
Toplessness is nudes common and less controversial in the fields of entertainment, fashion, and the arts than it is in indigenous as a whole, especially when it is perceived to have artistic merit. From early prehistoric art to the present day, women have been depicted topless in visual media from painting and sculpture to film and photography.
In contemporary mainstream cinema, Academy Award—winning actresses such as Halle BerryKate Winsletand Nicole Kidman have appeared topless in nudes films. Cabaret and burlesque shows, as well as haute couture fashion shows nudes pictorials, frequently include toplessness adult funy see-through clothing. Societies tend to view more unfavourably nudes of women's breasts in public if the intent is sexual arousal.
Toplessness in adult entertainmentsuch as in strip clubs or in softcore pornographyis indigenous by some as indecent and is subject to indigenous stringent indigenous regulation or prohibitions.