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Gotopless petitions for rehearing in US 7th Circuit Court
Chicago Nov. 13 - On Nov 8, 2017, in a 2 to 1 margin, a three Circuit Judge panel composed of Frank Easterbrook, Ilana Rovner and Diane Sykes ruled to dismiss the GoTopless law suit, Tagami v the City of Chicago.
In 2014, Sonoko Tagami was fined by the Chicago police for being topless on International GoTopless day on the beach where men can be seen topless without any concern from the police" declares Nadine Gary, president of GoTopless. "GoTopless will petition for rehearing within the next 14 days through our lawyer Joel Flaxman. Such unconstitutional and archaic ruling does not belong in our justice system."
Ever since its inception a decade ago, Gotopless has been claiming that women have the same constitutional right to go topless in public as men. If not, men should also be forced to hide their chests. This claim originated from Spiritual leader Rael whose all-encompassing vision on gender equality begot the creation of GoTopless.
Gotopless’ claim was met with disagreement from Judges Easterbrook and Sykes who invoked "[the] general interest in preserving health, safety, and traditional moral norms and public order." to keep the discriminatory status quo in place.
"It is those same traditional moral norms that have kept women being sexually discriminated and harassed for centuries without them having the means to denounce it without repercussions" said Nadine Gary. "The traditional norms dis-empower women and condemn them to 'modesty' and silence. Gotopless is similar in essence to the #Metoo campaign. It is essential that our lives, including our clothing or lack of, are not dictated by traditions and religious beliefs but by the respect of the constitution that guarantees gender equality".
"Our position was supported by Judge Rovner who rebutted her colleagues conclusion with a series of powerful arguments convincing GoTopless that gender topless equality can no longer be ignored by the justice system.
Rovner refuted the idea that gender stereotypes are constitutional just because we've always had them. She wondered if: " ...something passes constitutional muster because it has historically been a part of ‘our culture”.
Rovner further challenged the lawfulness of public sensibilities concerning gender-based classification and inquired “whether the particular ‘sensibility’ to be protected is, in fact, a reflection of archaic prejudice or a manifestation of a legitimate government objective”.
Rovner squarely addressed the consequences of “imposing a burden of public modesty on women alone”. She warned of the “ramifications that likely extend beyond the public way”. She adds that “evaluations based on stereotypes of how women should dress, appear, and comport themselves can constitute sex discrimination violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964”.
She discredited her colleagues who presented the notion that the law condemning bare-chested women in public was part of a broad consensus. Rovner indicated that "only three states (Indiana, Tennessee, and Utah) have statutes clearly treating the exposure of the female breast as indecency" and that " the Model Penal Code is limited to public exposure of the genitals (male or female)."
Rovner dissented from her 2 colleagues by concluding that Tagami has a potentially viable First Amendment and sex discrimination claims and should be permitted to develop the record in support of her claims”.
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GoTopless supports High School Student behind Berkeley’s Topless Equality bill
San Francisco, CA, Sept. 11 - GoTopless is thrilled to reveal that the ‘Topless Equality’ proposal submitted by Berkeley councilman, Kriss Worthington to be voted on Sept 12, is actually the initiative of a High School student in the Bay area.
“High School student, Simone was a Berkeley City Hall intern working for Worthington over the summer,” Nadine Gary, president of GoTopless explains “that is how she suggested the proposal to the councilman. Worthington encourages his interns to write proposals on causes they are particularly drawn to."
The following statement in Worthington’s Topless Equality recommendation was crafted by Simone: "If a woman's nipples are fit to be seen by the most innocent and impressionable portion of the population, babies and toddlers, then it stands to reason that nipples are not inherently sexual and are fit to be seen by the rest of the population, if that woman so chooses,"
“Gotopless commands this young woman on her determination for human equality, “ says Gary “her sense of civic duty far surpasses the one found in millions of Americans who already have voting privileges and are apathetic to social justice except for, perhaps, the occasional comment on social media.
"Action speaks louder than words" presses Gary "Maitreya Rael who inspired the foundation of GoTopless calls this a true cultural revolution".
GoTopless invites the public to come to Berkeley Council Chambers on Tuesday Sept 12 at 6pm to support the bill legally titled as Adopt an Ordinance Equalizing Nudity Laws in Berkeley Between All Genders by Decriminalizing the Display of Female Nipples”.
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GoTopless supports Councilman Worthington on his Berkeley, CA topless proposal
Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle: Rene Messick laughs as Chelsea Ducote paints her chest during Go Topless Day at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, August 23, 2015
San Francisco CA, Sept 5 - GoTopless is thrilled to learn that councilman Kriss Worthington has launched a proposal to annul the antiquated and sexist indecent exposure law concerning women going topless in public in Berkeley, CA.
The proposed ordinance reads: “If a woman's nipples are fit to be seen by the most innocent and impressionable portion of the population, babies and toddlers, then it stands to reason that nipples are not inherently sexual and are fit to be seen by the rest of the population, if that woman so chooses.”
"We wholeheartedly applaud this proposal," said Nadine Gary, President of GoTopless, "we have actively fought for topless equality for the last decade and are delighted to see political figures stand up for this gender equality matter".
Gary remembers that in 2015, councilwoman Melissa Diner of District 11 of the City of Los Angeles had launched a similar proposal for her Venice Beach neighborhood but the Los Angeles City Council had not acted on it stating more pressing priorities.
"It is quite an oddity to see California react so conservatively on equal gender topless rights when it's been legal in the state of New York for 25 years already!" remarks Gary. "Let is see how Worthington's proposal fairs, it will be considered by Berkeley's city council meeting on Sept 12."
Another legal matter may soon improve gender equality: GoTopless' court case Tagami VS The City of Chicago soon to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. "It is likely to finally offer some well needed constitutional light on women's topless right." says Gary
Gotopless just celebrated its 10th anniversary on Aug. 26, 2017, honoring Women Equality Day with GoTopless events in many cities throughout the Western world, including 40 in the US alone.