Open Letter to President Obama
My name is Lara Terstenjak and I am the director of GoTopless, a women’s rights organization that claims women’s constitutional right to go topless in public on the basis of gender equality. You once taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago, so you, of all people, are most aware that our claim is legitimate and that women in America are currently denied their constitutional rights under double-standard laws that force them to cover their chests in public while men don’t have to do this.
Therefore, unless these laws are changed, the only constitutional way to resolve this issue is to apply the solution offered by Rael, founder of GoTopless, fervent human rights activist and spiritual leader of the International Raelian Movement (rael.org). His position is simple: “Men must be forced to hide their chests if women are forced to hide theirs.”A few years ago, while you were vacationing in Hawaii, a topless picture of you appeared in the media. Mr. President, how would you like being legally forced to hide your chest on a nice, warm beach day? According to the Constitution, this is what will need to happen if U.S. laws refuse to acknowledge a woman’s right to freely go topless in public. Gender equality means “all or none.”
GoTopless denounces Toronto’s discrimination of Ontario provincial law protecting women’s topless rights
Last year, the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department has refused to issue the local chapter of GoTopless a permit for their rally on the grounds that the topless women participating in the event would violate the “proper attire”, code that it is still in effect this year.
Sylvie Chabot a Raelian woman priest, head of GoTopless in Canada reacted by saying: “The rule is in pure contradiction with the provincial ruling of 1996 that officially granted women the right to go topless in the province of Ontario.” (ref: Gwen Jacob was acquitted on December 9, 1996 by the Ontario Court of Appeal, http://www.gotopless.org/files/2012-07/Queen_vs_Jacob.pdf )
“If ‘proper attire’ means that women have to hide their chest in Toronto’s public parks and beaches, then men must be forced to do the same on the basis of gender equality!” Chabot added, referring to the very constitutional argument Maitreya Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement, made as he founded GoTopless in 2007.
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Gotopless organization denounces the Western 'breast hijab' imposed on women at the Olympics and in daily life.’
“Meanwhile, the international community is up in arms over some female athletes wearing a hijab that’s not required of their male counterparts,” said Nadine Gary, president of GoTopless, in a statement released by the organization this morning.
She was referring to the Olympic committee’s decision to allow Saudi, Brunei and Qatar sportswomen to compete with covered heads.
“We mustn’t forget that a woman’s right to go topless is just as important as permitting her to go out without a head covering,” Gary said. “During the U.S. versus Spain water polo game, one of the players grabbed the bathing suit of her opponent, briefly exposing her breast. Now, nobody thinks twice about seeing a male nipple, but that split second of female nipple exposure made headlines. In fact, there was considerable discussion about how to prevent such ‘wardrobe malfunction’ in the future!”
Gary pointed out that male swimmers and divers can expose their naked chests while females athletes cannot.
“Still, the Western world had the nerve to cry foul about gender inequality when some of the women were forced by their home nations to wear a hijab at the games,” Gary said. “We need to acknowledge that the West also imposes a form of hijab on women when they are legally forced to cover their chests in public, and that it is a harshly punished criminal act for women to go bare-breasted, whether in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, or South America! This form of gender discrimination also stems from a male-dominated religion, just a different one. A law banning female toplessness is clearly unconstitutional unless toplessness is also banned for men. Gender equality at the Olympic Games as well as in everyday life means ‘all or none’ and nothing in between!”
Gary said GoTopless was founded by Maitreya Rael, spiritual leader of the International Raelian Movement (rael.org), an “atheistic religion” that denounces all human rights violations worldwide.
“Traditional religions are the main source of human rights abuse,” Gary said. “And that’s especially true for women’s rights violations around the world.”
She added that GoTopless is organizing GoTopless Day rallies throughout the world on August 26 to protest against gender topless inequality.
“Taking part in these rallies is an ideal way to honor Women Equality Day, which is also celebrated on August 26,” Gary said.