02-Jun-2014,
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Demi Moore’s daughter invited to New York City’s first GoTopless Pride Parade

LAS VEGAS, June 2 – The organization GoTopless will hold its 7th annual GoTopless Day events worldwide on Aug. 24 in honor of Women’s Equality Day.

“We’re inviting Demi Moore’s daughter, Scout Willis, to New York City’s first GoTopless Pride Parade,” said Rachel Jessee, GoTopless spokesperson and leader of GoTopless NYC. “By walking topless in New York City this past week, she showed that a woman’s breasts are nothing to be ashamed of, and that the sight of a woman’s body is natural, noble and dignifying. In our events this year, we especially want to convey a sense of pride in female top-lessness. We want all the shame and guilt to fade away.”

Other invited celebrities include Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Amanda Palmer.

“We’re hoping they’ll show their GoTopless pride and inspire the women’s community around the world,” Jessee said, adding that GoTopless is a “feminine activist organization seeking women’s constitutional right to go publicly topless.”

“It’s a matter of gender equality,” Jessee explained. “Men earned the right to go topless 82 years ago and it’s time for women to have that same right! But note that we’re a feminine organization, not a feminist one. We won’t act manly to earn our rights. Femininity anchored in determination will win our cause.”

She pointed out that women earned the right to vote based on gender equality.

“That’s why GoTopless Day Pride falls on or near Aug 26, Women’s Equality Day,” Jessee said. “We’re demanding gender equality for topless rights. As international spiritual leader Rael, who founded GoTopless in 2007, puts it, ‘As long as men are allowed to go topless in public, either women should have the same constitutional right or men should also have to wear something that hides their chests.’”

Two GoTopless Pride Parades are planned for the United States: in New York City and Hollywood, with more than 50 other cities participating in other GoTopless Pride events.
(See the GoTopless Pride Map at: http://gotopless.org/gotopless-day)

“New York has been legally topless for women since 1992, but Los Angeles still bans it,”
Jessee said.

GoTopless’s 7-year campaign has even led to the making of a movie, “Free the Nipple,” directed by Lina Esco.

“It will be released soon,” Jessee said.
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02-Jun-2014,
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Gotopless challenges ‘Facebook’s hypocritical and unconstitutional policy’

LAS VEGAS, May 25 – In a statement released today, Gotopless, a U.S.-based organization founded in 2007 by spiritual leader Rael, announced that women have the same constitutional right men have to go bare-chested in public, and that social media companies such as Facebook act unconstitutionally when they deny women the right to post topless pictures.


“Just as men fought a century ago for the right to go bare-chested in public, we have to fight now to change the puritan values that make people go wild when they see, or even think they see, a woman’s nipple,” said Gotopless Spokesperson Rachel Jessee.

Jessee pointed out that although Gotopless includes both women and men among its members and supporters, the general public “still has a long way to go.”

“International companies like Facebook have a responsibility to lead the way toward change, but they’re doing the exact opposite instead,” she said. “I’m dumbfounded by Facebook’s hypocritical and discriminatory policy of removing any image from our Gotopless Facebook page that contains a nipple. The censors probably didn’t even realize we were showing male nipples! In one picture we posted, a male breast montage covered a woman’s breast, and the caption said, “Why is it OK to show his breast but not mine?” Facebook removed the photo, even though pictures of bare-chested men are allowed. But since the face shown was a woman’s, they assumed the breast shown was hers too.”



All of which proves Gotopless’s claim that Facebook is acting unconstitutionally, according to Jessee

“Some women have flat breasts and some men have large ones, and they all have nipples,” she continued. “The difference lies only in the minds of those who either have sexual fantasies when they see a woman’s breast or take offense. Showing an ankle was once deemed shocking in the West, just as it is today in the Middle East. “Our great-grandmothers fought for the right to show some bare skin. Now it’s time to free our nipples along with our ankles.”

Gotopless is currently rallying supporters, including on its Facebook page, and plans to climax its campaign on Gotopless Day, August 24, with GoTopless Pride Parades in locations across the United States and worldwide.

“We hope thousands of women will turn out for that, Jessee said.



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14-Oct-2013,
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Open Letter to Miley Cyrus

Dear Ms. Cyrus:

My name is Rachel Jessee. I’m the director of GoTopless, a women's rights organization fighting for the legal right to go topless in public wherever men have that right. We do this on the basis of the gender equality guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

I’m also involved in Clitoraid, another women’s rights organization. Its humanitarian goal is to assist victims of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in obtaining surgery to rebuild their mutilated clitorises so they can experience sexual pleasure and regain their dignity as women. Clitoraid also works toward the worldwide elimination of FGM.

All of us involved in these two liberating women's organizations are cheering the way you are now fully embracing your body and your sexuality in your artistic voice and public performances! Your bold VMA performance was just riveting, and your analysis of your life progression over the last 10 years that was recently published on Hollywood.com was superbly insightful. You deserve big kudos!

What’s more, you’re an inspiration to all young women trying to escape the confines of this sexually repressed, puritanical society in which we live. The lyrics of your song “We Can't Stop" perfectly convey the path to freedom and liberation. "This is our party, we do what we want; this is my mouth, I can say what I want.” Yes! Yes! Yes!

The rigid Judeo-Christian values so prevalent in this country pressure young women to be “good girls,” meaning Disney-like, asexual mannequins. Your message, along with those of GoTopless and Clitoraid, breathe life back into those mannequins. “This is MY body, I can do what I want!” Yes. It’s time to live as a complete woman, not as a cartoon cutout.

But the road to female freedom, pleasure and dignity isn’t always easy. Our organizations get many letters from women who would love to free their bodies and sexuality but feel guilty about it. They often “medicate” their guilt with drugs and alcohol. That reality led professional women in our group to launch a service called “Freedom Coaches,” which helps women of all ages navigate through the liberating process. Our Freedom Coaches overcame the hurdles of breaking through taboos in their own lives and can now help other women avoid pain and suffering as they launch their personal Movements.

You may be wondering how GoTopless and Clitoraid got started. Both organizations stem from the vision of spiritual leader Rael (rael.org). Rael is a staunch defender of all aspects of women's rights, especially those pertaining to women's bodies and sexuality. For most women, these are the most repressed aspects of their existence, and no other organizations are willing to be so vocal about this.

Rael says, “Femininity will literally save humanity.” But first, femininity needs to break free from the shackles of shame and guilt.

A similar vision was conveyed in Amanda Palmer’s letter, when she replied to Sinead O' Connor who had published a letter of concern about your sexually charged performance: “I want to live in a world where WE as women determine what we wear and look like and play the game as our fancy leads us [...] We are all fragile humans with little time on this beautiful, sexually-charged, ecstatic planet. Let’s share it to the fullest extent that we can and make the playing field for all of us the size of the whole earth.”

Each year, GoTopless holds its increasingly popular “GoTopless Day” on the Sunday closest to August 26, which is Women's Equality Day. Next year, the event will be held on August 24. We’re planning our very first “GoTopless Pride Parade” for that date in New York City (where it’s already legal for women to appear topless in public). Appropriately, this parade will end at Times Square because this is an idea whose time has definitely come!

We would be honored if you could attend this groundbreaking event. Amanda Palmer and other female performers who embrace their bodies and sexuality in art are also welcome.

Once again, we commend you on this remarkable Movement you’ve started in your life. Inside and out, you are embracing the woman in you in all her beauty and wonder. Let us strive for all other women to do the same!

Sincerely yours,
Rachel Jessee
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