26-Jul-2012,
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Moira Johnston exercises her topless right on a daily basis in NYC, join her ! It's legal

Moira Johnston is a calm and poised 29 year old, women's rights activist living in NYC who has been seen walking topless in the streets of NYC these past few months. Moira is within her right because on July 7, 1992, the New York State Supreme Court ruled that it is legal for women to be topless in public in that state.

When asked what inspired her to go topless, Moira replied, "I was practicing yoga at a yoga school in Union Square and I felt like taking off my shirt during class. I didn't do it at first. I actually went to the founder and asked her if it was OK because a lot of my male counterparts practice without a shirt there and in other yoga studios as well. So I practiced yoga topless and a bunch of people complained about it, and so I realized that they didn't know it was legal. That's what inspired me to become more active about letting people know that it's legal."



As she takes her walks while topless, Moira often hears words of encouragement like 'we support you' and 'it's natural'. But to be walking alone topless in the city is not always easy for Moira, "There's a fair amount of diversity in opinions and responses to the issue of toplessness. I notice that when I am wearing a shirt, people look into my eyes and sometimes stare. When I'm not wearing a shirt, people tend to automatically look away from me (unless they are asking for a picture!)".
Indeed, people in society seem to react in a similar fashion each time they are faced with new social norms that temporarily conflict with the morality there were raised with. But, after a period of adaptation, people integrate that new norm and move on.

Moira is a lady with a strong constitution and inner convictions, here is what she shares about her future plans to spread topless awareness:

23-Jul-2012,
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Finding society at fault for Microsoft's ‘big boobs’ coding gaffe, GoTopless.org plans additional topless marches on Aug. 26


LAS VEGAS, July 23 – When a program code used by Microsoft in one of its programs was recently found to contain a hexadecimal string (0xB16B00B5) too close to the phrase “big boobs” to be coincidence, public complaints by users who detected the combination prompted an apology by Microsoft.

According to the Microsoft statement, the spelling of the offending string will be changed. Meanwhile, a debate has ensued about the possible sexist attitude of the coders who created the suggestive string.

“We’re really appalled at the whole story, which is a good example of why we’ll be going topless in the streets on August 26,” said Nadine Gary, president of GoTopless.org.
“If these men had grown up surrounded by women who were allowed to show their breasts like men do, they wouldn’t be making derogatory comments about female anatomy. We’re not feeling offended by coders who wrote ‘big boobs’ into their code; we’re offended that the phrase is considered offensive when writing ‘big feet’ into it wouldn’t have made it to any forum.

16-Jul-2012,
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14th Amendment of the US Constitution

The 14th amendment guarantees equal protection under law and properly interpreted it guarantees women the right to be top-free where men are allowed to be topfree. Unfortunately, some jurisdictions do not recognize that right, and there is a less stringent test in the courts (called intermediate scrutiny) for gender based differential treatment than for e.g., racial classifications (which are analyzed under what's called strict scrutiny).

Our rights under the 14th Amendment guarantee and include the one to be top free where men are allowed to - We seek to see legislation (or court decisions where arrests are made for being top free) in all jurisdictions to make explicit what should already be understood as implicit within the meaning of equal rights.
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