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.”
In the name of your constitutional rights, wear a Burkini -Topless ! (uncensored)
FREEDOM ! EQUALITY!
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!
Open Letter to Manuel Valls, Prime Minister of France (uncensored)
In a recent public statement, you used the representation of bare breasted Marianne as the symbol of women’s freedom.
As a representative of the international organisation GoTopless, I would like to thank you for highlighting this vital link to the empowerment of women.
GoTopless, an independent non-profit organization based in the United States, was founded in 2007 following the suggestion of spiritual leader Raël, with the goal of promoting gender equality, based on a simple premise: "where men have the right to be topless, women should also have the same right."*
Following the many unanswered letters sent to successive ministers of woman’s rights in your governmental team, I would like to elucidate in more depth the question of freedom and equality, and draw your attention to the present situation in France:
The female breast is incorrectly considered to be a sexual organ. Thus, the cost of freedom 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 ( Art. 222-32 of the criminal code). That is the price of freedom in France today!
Under a government purporting equality, how come men’s breasts escape this distinction? In what way are they different from women’s breasts?
Don’t forget that a century ago, when a woman showed a bit of leg above the ankles, she was arrested for indecent exposure. Today, only men can strip off their tops in certain public places such as swimming pools. Why should women be forced to wear a top, while men have a choice? This is blatant double standards ...
Where is the equality?
Allowing women these same rights as men would be a huge step forwards in removing archaic gender bias. The "topless" campaign seeking topless equality between men and women might at first sight appear trivial, but in fact it goes to the heart of the matter as it raises awareness about how politics and religion impact on our freedom.
By imposing a top on women, western societies, including France, are no different from those forcing women to wear a veil or a burka and the only way to end this control over women’s bodies is to once and for all end this inequality in the right to be topless. Whatever the situation or circumstance, to be covered or topless, that is the right of free choice of the individual themself.
It would be great credit to you if you were the one to give “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” the full meaning, with the legal implementation of the right for everyone to be topless. For our organization, freeing our breasts, freeing our body, is to free our minds. Not just for women. Men would also be released from their obsession of women breasts if breasts were not considered a shameful part of the body that should be hidden. Whatever is repressed will maintain obsession
For you who wishes to maintain and develop peace between people, we offer you have a crucial element to change society.
I remain at your disposal for any interview should you wish for a more in-depth explanation of our vision, so as to finally end this blatant discrimination.
Please receive, Mr. Prime Minister, my highest consideration.
GoTopless Representative France
(*) =Topless events organized on the occasion of the International GoTopless Day bring together thousands of people each year, on the Sunday closest to August 26, historical date marked by the Declaration of Human and Citizen Rights affirming equal rights - principle with constitutional status - as the principle of equality between men and omen in all fields, which appears in the preamble of the 1946 Constitution.