What is Exposure Therapy?
Exposure Therapy uses nipple stickers to fight against oppression of women everywhere. Thanks to involvement from awesome people like you, this inclusive, light-hearted and subversive project has already empowered women in over 12 countries!
Exposure Therapy spreads via word-of-mouth and instagram, and interested participants are encouraged to reach out for their own (free!) stickers. I send stickers to anyone who asks for them, no matter their location or situation.
Together we can create a safer and more equal world for women, one nipple at a time.
I started this project in 2017 out of frustration with the way my body was being treated in America. I use the female body in my artwork, in a completely non-sexual way. When I tried to get my work printed, I was often refused service or even at times loudly shamed in front of other customers for submitting “pornography”. When I pressed for a reason for this categorization, I always received the same answer: “it shows your nipples.”
I find it so troubling that I was being body-shamed when my only offense was being a woman.
The more I thought about it, the more ridiculous the situation seemed. I wanted to find a way to expose the hypocrisy— to fight against the double-standard and empower others to do the same. I also wanted the project to be fun, innocent, and inclusive. What could satisfy these needs better than stickers?
Why Exposure Therapy?
The nipple is a clear illustration of inequality faced by women.
Both men and women have nipples, but only the female nipple is deemed an “erogenous zone” and therefore resolutely sexual. This categorization means that a woman’s exposed nipple is immediately sexualized, regardless of intention or context. This is so pervasive that even women nursing their children receive abuse and shaming.
Exposure Therapy exposes the false narrative that women’s bodies alone are offensive and dangerous. Fueled by fear, stigma, and misinformation, women learn that their bodies are sex itself—provocative, disorderly, and obscene. This mischaracterization results in a world that us unsafe and unequal for women.
How to Support the Project
Pass it on!
- instagram: @NIPeoPLE
- word-of-mouth: Tell your friends, your mom, your co-workers, etc!
- web: www.emma-shapiro.com/ExposureTherapy
- email: ExposureTherapyProject@gmail.com
And don’t forget: Stickers are free, so all you need to do is ask!
Let’s make a difference one nipple at a time.