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Topless rights case just one short step from U.S. Supreme Court
CHICAGO, Nov. 22 – On Nov. 1, a three-judge panel at the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard oral arguments for equal topless rights in Tagami v. City of Chicago,bringing the legal battle launched by the women’s organization GoTopless just one step away from the U.S. Supreme Court.
“On August 24, 2013, police ticketed GoTopless activist Sonoko Tagami for indecent exposure for appearing bare-chested at an annual GoTopless Day rally at North Lake Beach in Chicago,” said GoTopless President Nadine Gary. “None of the shirtless men present were ticketed for the same behavior, so Tagami sued the city of Chicago for discrimination.”
Attorney Kenneth Flaxman has been defending Tagami’s equal topless rights since the beginning of her legal battle three years ago.
“He’s basing his arguments on the first and fourteenth amendments of the U.S. Constitution,” Gary said. “After he argued the case before the Court of Appeals last week, he reported that one judge seemed to favor equal topless rights while another expressed the view that a woman's body contains more erogenous areas than a man’s, implying that the law shouldn’t ignore established social sensibilities concerning the covering of female breasts.”
The third judge, the only male on the panel, remained silent on the issue, according to Gary. Adding that the panel will render its opinion sometime in the next twelve months, she quoted Flaxman as saying, “If the court upholds the current restriction on topless rights, we will seek further review before the Court of Appeals. And if that is unsuccessful, we will seek further review by the United States Supreme Court.”
“The GoTopless cultural revolution initiated by spiritual leader Rael in 2007 will celebrate its tenth anniversary on Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, 2017,” Gary said.
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In the name of your constitutional rights, wear a Burkini -Topless !
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!
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GoTopless: a cultural revolution to change the world
August 22, Las Vegas, NV – On August 28, the women's rights organization GoTopless will hold its 9th annual Go Topless day in the US and around the world triggering a cultural revolution that will change the world according to a statement released today by GoTopless.
GoTopless pride parades and other events will take place in the legally topless cities of New York, Toronto, Vancouver as well as topless discriminatory cities such as Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, Geneva, and over 60 other cities worldwide.
The GoTopless cultural revolution specifically targets the age old, sexist, Monotheistic, male dominated culture that still plagues our society today.
Maitreya Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement whose adamant support of gender equality inspired the creation of the GoTopless Movement in 2007 states: "Muslims are criticized for forcing their women to wear a burqa or a niqab but it is the exact same sexist mindset that forces Western women to wear a top in public". He adds that hypocritical politicians are quick to support gender equal rights but under no circumstances would they advocate for gender topless equality!".
Rael explains that cultural revolutions are made of small details, contrary to what people think. He continues “The battle for equal topless rights appears insignificant compared to wars, violence, or child starvation and yet its achievement will have a direct healing impact on these male-created horrors."
The way GoTopless is changing the world is by pushing societies to give the exact same right to women as they do to men in all areas of their lives without exception, especially the taboo area of topless equality. It’s a blow to the core of male dominance since controlling women’s bodies has always been a leitmotif for that culture.
“Gotopless finally frees women from the body guilt and shame they have been formatted to dutifully endure for centuries. But it also frees the men from their obsessive behavior over breasts, a direct consequence to discriminatory topless laws” points out Nadine Gary, President of GoTopless.
Rael emphatically states that when women are fully empowered and in power, their caring nature as life bearers will be able to heal the unspeakable mess left in a world exclusively ruled by testosterone.
See Rael's thought-provoking speech (Aug. 14, 2016) on the importance of gender topless equality.
"It can be said that Equal Gender Topless Rights in the 21st century will empower women as much as equal gender voting rights in the 20th century." says Nadine Gary, President of GoTopless.
Go Topless and change the world!
See original song for equal gender topless rights that includes scenes of GoTopless Day events worldwide last year.