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Quebec campground violates woman's equal topless right

Stephanie Noircent, a breastfeeding mother, was in Camping Les Cedres in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec, Canada at around 1:33 pm on June 24, 2017 sunbathing topless at their small beach. She had unfastened her top while laying on her belly and no one was bothering her about it. It’s when she flipped to lay on her back that the hypocrisy began.

“ I was tapped on my foot and I looked up to see three men standing over me. One of them claimed he owned the beach and that I needed to put my top back on. Next to me was my sunbathing boyfriend, so I told the owner, why isn't he telling my boyfriend to put his top back on? He said because he's allowed to be topless and this isn't a naturism beach. I tell him why put my top back on who am I harming. He says there are children here. I say so you're telling me they've never seen breasts before, kids get breastfed you know. He told me, Look we can get into the debate another time but I need you to put your top back on or you will have to leave. I said that it's not illegal and he needs to have everyone else put their shirt back on then and not discriminate. He said no because men are allowed. I asked him, so I have to put my top back on because I'm a woman? He said yes. I asked why. He got impatient and told me that he owns the beach and he makes the rules so I need to put my top back on right now. At this point I didn't want to get arrested so I laid my top across my chest so I'm covered. He walks away and two men remain telling me to "put my top on properly and fasten it" I said why, my breasts are covered. They said that if I don't attach my top they will escort me out of the beach. I ask why and they say they will drag me out. So I fastened it because I felt intimidated and threatened and they said "thank you" and walked away so I immediately left the beach, left the campground, called to make a complaint and get a refund for that day and they said they don't do refunds. They also don't have a complaint department apparently. I complained to their facebook page only to be intimidated, bullied and threatened once again. These people lack basic customer service skills.”

With the guidance of GoTopless.org, Stephanie filed a complaint with the CCLU, as well as the Human Rights Commission of Quebec. “They were so sexist,” Stephanie said. “There was my sunbathing boyfriend right next to me, yet they reprimanded me for being clad the same way, because I am a woman, by their own admission. The excuse oh but the children is outdated and ridiculous. Children are raised and fed on the breast, and see siblings, family members and friends breastfeed as they grow up. Sexism is taught, not born. The only people who took a second glance at me were adults.”

Stephanie is an activist for women’s rights. “I had just went to Ontario a few months ago and went topless in two different cities. I even called the police department to be sure it was legal, and they confirmed that it was. Yet, apparently not everyone has caught on in Quebec.” She says. “If a man can expose his useless nipples to the world but women can’t, who’s breasts actually are made to nourish and sustain human lives, it is clearly a sexist society. No one said anything when I saw many man whip out their penises to urinate in the bushes, even with a bathroom 6 meters from them. So a man can be topless as well as expose his penis, but women have to keep their shirts on? The hypocrisy is strong here,” she stated. 

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2017 is ‘Equal Topless Rights Year’ says women's organization GoTopless (uncensored)

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8 – GoTopless, the organization that launched the Equal Topless Rights Movement, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017. Its court case, Tagami vs. the City of Chicago, is also slated to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this year.


“Hopefully that hearing will precede our annual GoTopless Day, which this year falls on August 26, Women’s Equality Day, 97 years after the 19th Amendment granted equal voting rights to women,” said GoTopless President Nadine Gary.

She said GoTopless’s cultural revolution targets “the sexist, monotheistic, male- dominated culture that plagues our society.” 

Rael, the Raelian Movement’s spiritual leader, inspired GoTopless, and stated: “Muslims force women to wear burqas and niqabs, but that same sexist mindset forces Western women to wear tops in public.” He added that “hypocritical” politicians” support gender equal rights but not topless equality, and said cultural revolutions consist of details: “…Equal topless rights appear insignificant compared to war, violence and starvation, but achieving those rights will have a healing impact on those male-created horrors.”  [See Rael's speech here:]

“Melania Trump had an uninhibited European upbringing regarding nudity,

so we’re asking her to promote topless equality and empower others to demand this fundamental constitutional right,” Gary said. “Equal topless rights would heal the body guilt and shame women have endured for centuries and free men from obsessive behavior over breasts, which comes from discriminatory topless laws.”


“We hope the Supreme Court will reverse this decades-old gender discrimination (men have been able to go topless since 1936) by upholding the 14th Amendment that grants equal rights. Gender equality must prevail, either by granting women equal topless rights or by eliminating the men’s. Separate gender rights is unconstitutional.”

Gary said GoTopless is prodding society to give women the same rights men have, especially in the taboo area of topless equality.


“Topless equality is a blow to male dominance since controlling women’s bodies has always been a key part of that dominance,” Gary said. “Rael emphasizes that when women are fully empowered, their caring nature as life bearers can heal the unspeakable mess created in a world ruled exclusively by testosterone. Equal gender topless rights will empower today’s women as much as equal gender voting rights empowered 20th century women.”

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In the name of your constitutional rights, wear a Burkini -Topless ! (uncensored)


In response to the recent media storm caused by the banning of the Burkini on French beaches, the international organization GoTopless.org is launching a campaign "Wear a burkini - Topless ". However amongst all this noise, the French leaders and state institutions are keeping remarkable quiet on the subject of personal freedom and gender equality of the right to be topless.

"Equal rights for everyone, regardless of origin, condition, appearance, belief, sex or gender, includes the right to be topless, just as much as the right to wear a burkini "said Maryline Canin, GoTopless coordinator in France. "The freedom of dress is a fundamental right which must be respected, regardless of any political and religious considerations," she continues.

The campaign "Wear a burkini - Topless" was inspired by an idea from Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement who had already initiated the GoTopless Movement in 2007 and whose support for gender equality is uncompromising. He recently stated: "Muslims are
being criticized because they force their women to wear a burqa, a niqab, or a burkini. Yet that is exactly the same sexist thinking forcing Western women to hide their breasts in public." He added that "the hypocritical politicians are claiming to do all they can to support equal rights for women, but so far no one has dared advocate for equal rights to be topless" (see Rael’s full speech.).

Regarding the French government, Maryline Canin says that GoTopless activists have been confronting each successive minister of women’s rights for several years on this issue without any response to date, and yet now the Prime Minister himself has just declared that Marianne’s bare breast is France’s symbol of freedom, that is to say one of its fundamental constitutional principles.

"In France, under the fuzzy pretext of decency and public order, we have been persuaded to relinquish our personal freedom at the expense of an authoritarian and discriminatory logic" says Maryline Canin.

While the mayors of Cannes, Le Touquet and other cities are banning the Burkini, in Paris on the other hand, equivalent authorities are trying to prevent women from going topless on beaches. Men on the other hand, can walk about topless without any problems. That is why we decided to bring this to the public’s attention through an open letter to Mr. Valls, the prime minister of France in the hope of resolving this discrimination (link to letter).

“The price of freedom today 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" explains Maryline Canin. "Correct dress-code expected of women: not too covered and not too bare. That is the limit of “freedom and equality” rationed out by the archaic and sexist texts applied in France, all under the domination of  monotheistic thinking" she concluded.

Wear a Burkini-Topless!



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