CNN reports on GoTopless Day '09
CBS reports on GoTopless Day '09
Women March Nearly Topless On Miami Beach - They Say It's Their Constitutional Right
Is it fair for men to be allowed to walk around topless when women aren't?
One group says it's not. They made their statement very clear Sunday afternoon in Miami Beach as many women walked around nearly topless to make their point.
Many women marchers wore pasties to cover their nipples. They were led by the Raelians – the group that believes that scientists from outer space are responsible for human creation on earth. The "Go Topless" march has been held in other cities including Chicago, Portland and New York.
The rally began at 3 p.m. on the corner of Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue. The march headed west to Alton road and ended at Meridian Avenue where many gathered to listen to a speech at 4 p.m.
The group posted the following statement on their website: "Our wish is not only for our breasts to be "tolerated" while laying on the sand, we want to have the same right as men. Their chest is "tolerated" in every public place, why not ours? We dream to be able to walk down Lincoln Rd. with our shirt open and enjoy the breeze on our torso the way some men do on a hot summer afternoon. We want women's bodies to be as free as men's are, that is our constitutional right!"
NBC reports on GoTopless Day '09
A Fight for the Right to Bare Boobs - Organization claims women should have right to be bare-chested too
Women's bikinis will be half-off in Chicago next month. And we're not talking about sales.
In January, U.S.-based GoTopless.org organized a topless protest at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Up until recently, nudity was illegal except on designated beaches, but local councils considered bare breasts acceptable.
However, a Christian fundamentalist politician, Rev. Fred Nile, introduced legislation in the parliament of New South Wales that would prohibit women from going topless on all beaches.
In response, topless women gathered on the Bondi Beach in protest, arguing that women's breasts are not offensive and should be considered just as natural as men's chests.
Now that battle is moving to the 'States. In eight participating cities—including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Miami—topless women and men will gather and peacefully rally on Sunday, August 23, "to protest the gross inequality in the law and will demand that they be granted the fundamental right to be topless where men already enjoy that right according to the 14th amendment of the Constitution," according to the official website.
The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment states that "no state shall ... deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws". The GoTopless.org Movement states that this Clause defends citizens from "gender-based differential treatment."
Therefore, if a man can go topless, so can a woman.
The protest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in front of the North Avenue Beach House.
"Top-free performances will be given by various artists to honor women's right to be top free [and] body painting will be available," according to the website. "The aim is to convey that the sight of a top free women [sic] in public is as natural as the sight of top free men."
For more information, visit http://gotopless.org/ (Not-Safe-for-Work Warning: As can be expected, the website features photos and video of women's bare breasts.)
Matt Bartosik, a "between blogs" blogger, fully endorses the liberation of women's breasts.