GoTopless 2019 in Paris, France
Gotopless took place on Paris Plage this year, just like last year where we were able to match for a whole 32 minutes before being stopped by the police. (we had lasted only 2 minutes the year before)
On this very hot sunny day, there was an obvious absence of equality between men and women on Paris Plage. Countless men were topless and enjoying the bright sun while women had to dutifully wear their “mini burkini” to cover their chest.
We began our match, walking slowly on the beautiful path along the Seine as a group of 3 topless women and 2 topless men.
The reaction of the people who noticed us was mostly nonverbal. We noticed astonishment, but also envy and even admiration toward us for daring to do what we were doing.
In the beginning, a group of women wearing a two-piece swimsuit kindly warned us that the police was nearby, and that they might fine us. We appreciated this act of solidarity and understood they approved of our behavior.
We were able to quietly demonstrate for more than half an hour and enjoy this pleasant feeling of complete freedom while awakening the conscience of others by modeling what all women who want to bare their tops should be able to do.
Maryline, Head of GoTopless in France said “being topless on the beach in Paris Plage should be considered normal! But there is a strong regression of topless activity for women on French beaches. So, going topless has become indecent again in certain places. If you don’t exercise your right, you simply lose it! We have to win it back for equality’s sake!”.
At one point, we came across a conservative Jewish family and felt the weight of religious morality pointing to the root of body repression. The 2 men wearing a kippah and the 2 women wearing long dresses reacted very strongly at the sight of our topless chests.
One woman quickly turned her back on us and the other put her hand in front of her husband's eyes to stop him from seeing this sinful situation, screaming that it was very embarrassing for both of them.
After 30 minutes, we were stopped by the police from the city of Paris. Things haven’t changed since last year though we enjoyed our freedom 30 minutes longer this time and the police agents were very courteous. However, they ordered the topless women to cover up but not the topless men, making gender inequality strickingly obvious.
Had we refused, they would have called the Paris patrol to arrest us. We decided not to take it any further.
We went on to rejoin the other gotopless members who were standing at the entrance of Paris Plage, holding a banner and passing out leaflets .
Aside from our street action, we also sent "Happy Gotopless" letters and cards to the mayor of Paris, Mrs. Hidalgo, her deputy, Marlene Schiappa, and all the female delegates in the Macron government.
GoTopless celebrates 12th anniversary with parades in NY City and Venice Beach, CA
Las Vegas, Aug 21—The women's organization, GoTopless—established in 2007—continues to lead the fight for gender topless equality with its 12th edition of GoTopless Day on Aug 25 in honor of Women’s Equality Day.
The activist movement was inspired by Rael—International spiritual leader and fervent Human Rights and gender equality advocate.
In NY City, Los Angeles, and countless other cities, women and men will stand up for equality. Women will go sans shirt with the picture of a penis on their front while men will wear a top with the picture of a vulva on their front to remind Americans of the precise source of current topless discriminatory laws: one’s genitals.
“The absurd laws around female nipples point to the lingering bodily repression still inflicted on women by Abrahamic religions in the 21st century. And they are reflected by obsolete, prudish ordinances in our society even today,” stated Nadine Gary, Raelian Guide and President of GoTopless.
“A law that only criminalizes topless women, but not topless men in public leads to ‘sexual violence against women’,” Gary said. She added, “It hypersexualizes women’s chest and creates a predatory reaction in many men."
“Already 35 US states are legally topless on paper, but the law is often not enforced and many women are concerned about going topless for the fear of being harassed. Steep fines must be given to men to deter them from doing so," Gary remarked.
Gary believes that in a safe environment, women will recover the confidence to exercise their equal topless rights.
On August 25th, the goal of GoTopless Day in both NYC and Venice Beach is to inspire and empower women. In NYC, they are invited to exercise their topless right, since it is legal in that state. In Venice Beach, CA, however, they are encouraged to come and stand up for gender topless equality, which is currently denied in LA County. The parade in New York City is slated to start at 12:30pm on W58, between 8th and 9th, whereas the parade in Venice Beach, CA, is slated to start at 1pm on Ocean Front Walk @ Park Ave.
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GoTopless embraces G7 ‘gender equality’ agenda on GoTopless Day and demands Equal Topless Rights be enforced all Western Democracies
New York City, Aug 19 - The women's organization, GoTopless embraces the timely ‘gender equality’ agenda proposed by the G7 during their summit in Biarritz, France on Aug 25 as the 7 nations leaders announced their intention ‘to make equality between women and men a major global cause’.
GoTopless, inspired by world Spiritual leader and human rights activist, Rael, has been leading the fight for gender topless equality since 2007.
GoTopless Day demonstrations invariably fall on Aug 26, Women's Equality Day or on the Sunday closest to this date, like this year. And, as fate would have it, GoTopless Day 2019 will take place during the French G7 summit.
On Aug 25, in NYC, Los Angeles and countless other cities and communities, women and men will stand up topless for equality, some with masks of Donald Trump and a vulva drawn below the belt to remind Americans of the true reason for topless gender inequality, ie, what’s between their legs. In the demonstrations, women will go topless with a picture of a penis in their front to denounce current topless gender discriminatory laws.
"Topless rights have been the exclusive privilege of men for over 80 years! It is about time Western Heads of State denounce the fact that human rights are dictated strictly according to one’s vulva or penis” states Nadine Gary, Raelian Guide and president of GoTopless.
GoTopless exposes nipple inequality and denounces the abysmal bodily repression still inflicted on women by Abrahamic religions in the 21st century and carried out by obsolete prudish laws even today.
“A law that unilaterally criminalizes women for going topless in public begets ‘sexual violence against women’” says Gary, “and it is one of the causes the G7 intends to overcome”.
Gary adds: “It hypersexualizes women’s chest and creates a disrespectful reaction in many men, reinforcing a macho attitude among them”.
GoTopless members agree with G7 leaders that women must be educated.
"Women must be educated to embrace their bodies from the youngest age” says Gary, “and our laws must validate this cultural shift by unequivocally adopting gender topless equality. Already 35 US states are legally topless on paper but the law is not enforced.” https://gotopless.org/topless-laws
"And, many women are concerned about going topless because of the fear of being harassed" Gary remarks "Steep fines must be put into place to deter men from doing so"
"Eventually, both men and women will become accustomed to seeing female breasts in public. Women will grow the confidence to exercise their topless rights and men will develop the respect to be comfortably in their presence." Reassures Gary
The G7 nation leaders have agreed to show concrete legal progress when they reconvene next year.
“The timing couldn't be more adequate” rejoices Gary “Aug 26, 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of Women's Equality Day which commemorates the passing of the 19th amendment. It will be the perfect date to enact topless equality at the Federal level in the USA.”