Gotopless activist Phoenix Feeley released early from jail after 9-day hunger strike
“Phoenix refused to pay fines for going topless and then launched a hunger strike while incarcerated to protest New Jersey’s gender-discriminatory topless laws,” a spokesperson for GoTopless said this morning. “She stood up for her constitutional rights and wouldn’t back down. And after a long, nine-day ordeal, she won!”
GoTopless also released the following statement made by Feeley after her release:
“I didn't shed a single tear in their cage and they couldn't break me. Not even the guard’s violent threats could stop me, and that’s because of everyone who loves and believes in me. I spent nine days naked and on a hunger strike while confined to a filthy cell in lockdown. There was 24-hour video surveillance. I wasn’t allowed visitors, mail, phone calls, or anything other than a couple of blankets and a tiny window to the outside world. The warden let me out early, and I’m happy it’s over.”
Feeley added that she is thankful for “the enormous show of support and expressions of love” she received from GoTopless members and others sympathetic to her cause through her 9 days of standing up for women's equal topless rights.
“I wouldn’t have been able to live through it without their love,” she said. “To the anonymous donor who offered to pay my fines, to the strangers who sent me mail, to my friends who sent their support, and to the protestors who set off fireworks in front of the jail Saturday, which was my only entertainment while I was in there, thank you!”
Feeley will be honored as guest speaker for the GoTopless Day event in New York City on August 25. The date for the event was chosen to honor Women’s Equality Day.
GoTopless Praises Porn Industry's Breast Cancer Research donations
What is it that makes money earned through the pornographic industry not worthy of cancer research? Is it because sex is considered "dirty" and "shameful" in our American subconscious and the reaction of the Komen's foundation is a mere reflection of it?
GoTopless disagrees with many feminist organizations who insist on disassociating women's breasts from sexual thoughts. Who are we kidding? Of course, breasts can be sexual! In fact, the whole human body can be sexually arousing once a human being has reached puberty. It is simply a fact of life. Human beings don't need to be desexualized, they need to be educated to respect one another as sexual beings as laws dictate. Bare breasts are not an invitation for rape!
Contrary to Komen's negative reaction, GoTopless encourages all breast cancer foundations to proudly accept donations from the pornographic industry and even openly partner with them. First, because pornography is a lucrative business and research could make considerable advances and second because it sends a powerful, positive message to our society and especially to women. Currently, women continuously inhibit their sexuality in order to save their "good girl" reputation or, if they live out their sexuality, it is with guilt and they will often resort to drugs and alcohol to help dissipate it. Inhibition and guilt are two powerful negative emotions that can create severe illnesses in one's body and maybe even breast cancer.
Some may argue that the pornographic industry exploits women as sexual objects which is detremental to a woman's self-esteem. In truth, the porno industry capitalizes on all human sexual fantasies, sometimes objectifying consenting male, female, transgender actors and everything in between. One day, these consenting human actors will be replaced by biological robots but in the meantime they are fulfilling this need in society as hairdressers, doctors, cashiers, lawyers, garbage collectors, teachers, etc... do in their respective fields.
So, why not "Fuck for the cure!" if it helps eradicate breast cancer way before our baby girls grow boobies?
Nudist Activist gets naked at SF Committee Hearing on Nov 5, 2012
GoTopless was most delighted to see the reaction of nudist activist Gypsy Taub during the Hearing. She was called to testify and, in the mist of doing so, she bravely took off her dress and stood naked before the Committee while continuing to speaking in defense of nudity until a police officer escorted her out. Please see her heroic action of civil desobedience and listen to her bold statement at http://www.mynakedtruth.tv/
GoTopless applauds her behavior and speech! Breasts are nothing to be ashamed of, nor is the rest of our bodies. In her speech, Gypsy mentions "the sacred of the human body" made in the image of its maker which reflects the views of GoTopless. Human females and males were literally created (scientifically) in the image of their creators (see rael.org). Regardless of our individual spiritualities, shame and guilt of our bodies must completely disappear from our minds and lives if we are to build a society with sustainable human values. This senseless, religion-based guilt must go!!!
A protest against the Nudity Ban on Wednesday, November 14th at 12 noon, at the steps of the City Hall of San Francisco. The protest is clothing-optional.