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GoTopless Pride Parade and other events around the world on Aug 24

LAS VEGAS, August 20 - The women's rights organization GoTopless will hold Go Topless Pride Parades and other events in over 60 cities worldwide for its 7th annual GoTopless Day,August 24, according to a statement released today by GoTopless.

“Equal topless rights for women is a constitutional right,” said Rachel Jessee, New York City’s GoTopless leader. “The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution specifies equal rights for everyone. That includes the right to expose body parts common to both genders, including the chest and nipples."

The states of New York, Texas and North Carolina are a few states that already honor the Constitution but many cities in those states have passed unconstitutional ordinances to prevent women from going sans shirt.

GoTopless’s goal is “to eliminate the current double standard,” Jessee said. “If women can’t go topless, the only way to ensure equality is to make men cover their chests too, as spiritual leader Rael declared when he inspired GoTopless in 2007.”

Jessee pointed out that before 1936, people thought it indecent for men to go bare-chested in public.

“Women's ankles, knees and belly buttons were taboo back then, but today nobody bats an eye,” Jessee said. “Why should showing breasts be different?”

She emphasized that GoTopless members don’t bare their breasts to attract attention.

“Showing female breasts should be a natural part of life, a non-event,” Jessee said. “The right to go topless is immensely empowering for women after centuries of living under macho laws and puritanical Judeo-Christian values.”

Living under such constraints is debilitating to a woman’s self-esteem and body image, Jessee said.

"At our events, we invite all women to celebrate their bodies and femininity,” Jessee explained. "Women are life bearers! How can their breasts and nipples be considered indecent?”

The idea that bare female breasts pose a threat to society or to children is absurd, she said.

“Children are nurtured by breasts,” she pointed out. “Showing those breasts is a powerful way to emphasize women’s nurturing role in our ailing world.”

As a member of the Raelian Movement, Jessee follows an atheistic, creationist philosophy.

“Raelianism encourages me to embrace my nudity,” she said. “The body is a masterpiece, engineered in the image of our creators, the Elohim. Guilt and shame aren’t part of my value system and shouldn't be part of anyone else’s. The shaming of women and girls violates human rights and should be illegal.”

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Demi Moore’s daughter invited to New York City’s first GoTopless Pride Parade

LAS VEGAS, June 2 – The organization GoTopless will hold its 7th annual GoTopless Day events worldwide on Aug. 24 in honor of Women’s Equality Day.

“We’re inviting Demi Moore’s daughter, Scout Willis, to New York City’s first GoTopless Pride Parade,” said Rachel Jessee, GoTopless spokesperson and leader of GoTopless NYC. “By walking topless in New York City this past week, she showed that a woman’s breasts are nothing to be ashamed of, and that the sight of a woman’s body is natural, noble and dignifying. In our events this year, we especially want to convey a sense of pride in female top-lessness. We want all the shame and guilt to fade away.”

Other invited celebrities include Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Amanda Palmer.

“We’re hoping they’ll show their GoTopless pride and inspire the women’s community around the world,” Jessee said, adding that GoTopless is a “feminine activist organization seeking women’s constitutional right to go publicly topless.”

“It’s a matter of gender equality,” Jessee explained. “Men earned the right to go topless 82 years ago and it’s time for women to have that same right! But note that we’re a feminine organization, not a feminist one. We won’t act manly to earn our rights. Femininity anchored in determination will win our cause.”

She pointed out that women earned the right to vote based on gender equality.

“That’s why GoTopless Day Pride falls on or near Aug 26, Women’s Equality Day,” Jessee said. “We’re demanding gender equality for topless rights. As international spiritual leader Rael, who founded GoTopless in 2007, puts it, ‘As long as men are allowed to go topless in public, either women should have the same constitutional right or men should also have to wear something that hides their chests.’”

Two GoTopless Pride Parades are planned for the United States: in New York City and Hollywood, with more than 50 other cities participating in other GoTopless Pride events.
(See the GoTopless Pride Map at: [link]

“New York has been legally topless for women since 1992, but Los Angeles still bans it,”
Jessee said.

GoTopless’s 7-year campaign has even led to the making of a movie, “Free the Nipple,” directed by Lina Esco.

“It will be released soon,” Jessee said.
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Gotopless challenges ‘Facebook’s hypocritical and unconstitutional policy’

LAS VEGAS, May 25 – In a statement released today, Gotopless, a U.S.-based organization founded in 2007 by spiritual leader Rael, announced that women have the same constitutional right men have to go bare-chested in public, and that social media companies such as Facebook act unconstitutionally when they deny women the right to post topless pictures.

“Just as men fought a century ago for the right to go bare-chested in public, we have to fight now to change the puritan values that make people go wild when they see, or even think they see, a woman’s nipple,” said Gotopless Spokesperson Rachel Jessee.

Jessee pointed out that although Gotopless includes both women and men among its members and supporters, the general public “still has a long way to go.”

“International companies like Facebook have a responsibility to lead the way toward change, but they’re doing the exact opposite instead,” she said. “I’m dumbfounded by Facebook’s hypocritical and discriminatory policy of removing any image from our Gotopless Facebook page that contains a nipple. The censors probably didn’t even realize we were showing male nipples! In one picture we posted, a male breast montage covered a woman’s breast, and the caption said, “Why is it OK to show his breast but not mine?” Facebook removed the photo, even though pictures of bare-chested men are allowed. But since the face shown was a woman’s, they assumed the breast shown was hers too.”

All of which proves Gotopless’s claim that Facebook is acting unconstitutionally, according to Jessee

“Some women have flat breasts and some men have large ones, and they all have nipples,” she continued. “The difference lies only in the minds of those who either have sexual fantasies when they see a woman’s breast or take offense. Showing an ankle was once deemed shocking in the West, just as it is today in the Middle East. “Our great-grandmothers fought for the right to show some bare skin. Now it’s time to free our nipples along with our ankles.”

Gotopless is currently rallying supporters, including on its Facebook page, and plans to climax its campaign on Gotopless Day, August 24, with GoTopless Pride Parades in locations across the United States and worldwide.

“We hope thousands of women will turn out for that, Jessee said.

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