Open Letter to Manuel Valls, Prime Minister of France
In a recent public statement, you used the representation of bare breasted Marianne as the symbol of women’s freedom.
As a representative of the international organisation GoTopless, I would like to thank you for highlighting this vital link to the empowerment of women.
GoTopless, an independent non-profit organization based in the United States, was founded in 2007 following the suggestion of spiritual leader Raël, with the
goal of promoting gender equality, based on a simple premise: "where men have the right to be topless, women should also have the same
Following the many unanswered letters sent to successive ministers of woman’s rights in your governmental team, I would like to elucidate in more depth the question of freedom and equality, and draw your attention to the present situation in France:
The female breast is incorrectly considered to be a sexual organ. Thus, the cost of freedom for every "French Marianne", that is to say any women choosing to be topless just
like men, is a 15,000 euro fine and a year in prison for sexual exhibitionism ( Art. 222-32 of the criminal code). That is the price of freedom in France today!
Under a government purporting equality, how come men’s breasts escape this distinction? In what way are they different from women’s breasts? Don’t forget that a century ago, when a woman showed a bit of leg above the ankles, she was arrested for indecent exposure. Today, only men can strip off their tops in certain public places such as swimming pools. Why should women be forced to wear a top, while men have a choice? This is blatant double standards ... Where is the equality?
Allowing women these same rights as men would be a huge step forwards in removing archaic gender bias. The "topless" campaign seeking topless equality between men and women might at first sight appear trivial, but in fact it goes to the heart of the matter as it raises awareness about how politics and religion impact on our freedom.
By imposing a top on women, western societies, including France, are no different from those forcing women to wear a veil or a burka and the only way to end this control over women’s bodies is to once and for all end this inequality in the right to be topless. Whatever the situation or circumstance, to be covered or topless, that is the right of free choice of the individual themself.
It would be great credit to you if you were the one to give “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” the full meaning, with the legal implementation of the right for everyone to be topless. For our organization, freeing our breasts, freeing our body, is to free our minds. Not just for women. Men would also be released from their obsession of women breasts if breasts were not considered a shameful part of the body that should be hidden. Whatever is repressed will maintain obsession.
For you who wishes to maintain and develop peace between people, we offer you have a crucial element to change society.
I remain at your disposal for any interview should you wish for a more in-depth explanation of our vision, so as to finally end this blatant discrimination.
Please receive, Mr. Prime Minister, my highest consideration.
Maryline Canin, GoTopless Representative France
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GoTopless: a cultural revolution to change the world
August 22, Las Vegas, NV – On August 28, the women's rights organization GoTopless will hold its 9th annual Go Topless day in the US and around the world triggering a cultural revolution that will change the world according to a statement released today by GoTopless.
GoTopless pride parades and other events will take place in the legally topless cities of New York, Toronto, Vancouver as well as topless discriminatory cities such as Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, Geneva, and over 60 other cities worldwide.
The GoTopless cultural revolution specifically targets the age old, sexist, Monotheistic, male dominated culture that still plagues our society today.
Maitreya Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement whose adamant support of gender equality inspired the creation of the GoTopless Movement in 2007 states: "Muslims are criticized for forcing their women to wear a burqa or a niqab but it is the exact same sexist mindset that forces Western women to wear a top in public". He adds that hypocritical politicians are quick to support gender equal rights but under no circumstances would they advocate for gender topless equality!".
Rael explains that cultural revolutions are made of small details, contrary to what people think. He continues “The battle for equal topless rights appears insignificant compared to wars, violence, or child starvation and yet its achievement will have a direct healing impact on these male-created horrors."
The way GoTopless is changing the world is by pushing societies to give the exact same right to women as they do to men in all areas of their lives without exception, especially the taboo area of topless equality. It’s a blow to the core of male dominance since controlling women’s bodies has always been a leitmotif for that culture.
“Gotopless finally frees women from the body guilt and shame they have been formatted to dutifully endure for centuries. But it also frees the men from their obsessive behavior over breasts, a direct consequence to discriminatory topless laws” points out Nadine Gary, President of GoTopless.
Rael emphatically states that when women are fully empowered and in power, their caring nature as life bearers will be able to heal the unspeakable mess left in a world exclusively ruled by testosterone.
See Rael's thought-provoking speech (Aug. 14, 2016) on the importance of gender topless equality.
"It can be said that Equal Gender Topless Rights in the 21st century will empower women as much as equal gender voting rights in the 20th century." says Nadine Gary, President of GoTopless.
Go Topless and change the world!
See original song for equal gender topless rights that includes scenes of GoTopless Day events worldwide last year.
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GoTopless Pride Parade in New York City to mark 9h Annual GoTopless Day on Aug. 28
NEW YORK, August 23 – On August 28, the women's rights organization GoTopless will hold Go Topless Pride Parades and other events in New York, Los Angeles and over 60 other cities worldwide for the 9th annual GoTopless Day, according to a statement released today by GoTopless.
“Our goal is for equal gender topless rights to be enforced worldwide, freeing women's nipples,” said GoTopless Spokesperson Kasyo Perrier who leads GoTopless in NYC. "In New York, police will block off streets to let our GoTopless Pride Parade pass.” (see parade map below)
She said New York is the ideal location since it's already legal for women to go topless there.
“Since 1992, New York has been one of the world’s few cities to legally recognize women’s topless rights,” Perrier said, adding that the past year has helped to further that right elsewhere. “The movie ‘Free The Nipple’ was released, and actresses and performers like Scout Willis, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Iggy Azalea have been baring their nipples publicly in support,” she explained.
GoTopless is inviting both men and women to “stand up with topless pride” on Aug. 28 to honor the 96th anniversary of Women's Equality Day and to support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.
“Spiritual leader, Maitreya Rael, who inspired the creation of GoTopless and founded the Raelian Movement, says there must be absolute equality between men and women to ensure the preservation of society,” Perrier stated. “Centuries of gender inequality and exclusive male rule created major planetary imbalances that could prove fatal to society. It’s time for change!”
She said enforcement of equal topless rights is a crucial aspect of gender equality.
“Dr. Marcus Wenner explains how banning the female bare chest harms brains of women and girls,” Perrier said. “It’s liberating and empowering for women to free their bodies from repression. Freeing nipples and bodies frees minds as well, restoring self-image and self-esteem. Therefore, our topless pride parades will overflow with bare breasts, joy and fun. A giant balloon in the shape of a pair of breasts will float in the NYC's sky. We’ll conclude at with a speech at the Dag Hammarsjold Plaza about GoTopless and the cultural revolution it is creating.”