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11th annual GoTopless Day, Aug 26: Constitutional Gender Topless Equality means “all or none”.
Las Vegas, NV, Aug 23 - The 11th annual GoTopless Day will take place in cities across the US, Canada and worldwide on August 26 in commemoration of Women Equality Day (the passing of the 19th amendment).
"As long as men are allowed to be topless in public, women should have the same constitutional right” stated Maitreya Rael, international spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement who inspired the creation of the women’s organization, GoTopless in 2007.
“This would seem a straightforward argument” noted Nadine Gary, president of GoTopless and Raelian Guide “but in high courts, topless activists are being confronted with judges’ claims that ‘morality’ and ‘people’s sensibilities’ supersede constitutional gender equality.”
“Our request for a hearing of the Gotopless court case Sonoko vs The City of Chicago was turned down by the U.S. Supreme Court a few months ago” Gary explained “so the fate of Topless Equality is currently left to each State though 33 of them are legally topless”.
“Morality, then, is the only ‘legal’ argument blocking topless equality ” emphasizes Gary “and it is deeply rooted in the Judeo-Christian values of shame and guilt”.
“But what could be immoral about a human body part allegedly made in the image of "the creator(s)" as the Bible reminds Christians and Jews?” Gary pondered. "‘People’s morals’ and ‘sensibilities’ are highly subjective and not necessarily constitutional as most judges admit. Women's right to vote was once considered indecent and yet, when challenged by enough of them, the Constitution rightfully prevailed".
“Now, if courts decide that women’s topless rights are just too challenging for ‘people’s morals’ and ‘sensibilities’ in Western Democracies in the 21st century, then there is only two viable options to preserve constitutional gender equality: “men should be forced to wear something to hide their chests,” as Rael declared a decade ago and/or "thousands of women should take on the streets topless” adds Gary. Their peaceful nipples shall overcome the local forces who won't have enough time to fine or lock them all.”
The goal of Gotopless is to inspire both actions in US streets and in all Western democracies, on August 26th because equal means all or none !
Refer to the gotopless ‘boob map’ to locate a GoTopless event around the world on August 26th.
In Canada, human mammals struggle with breastfeeding instinct in public and nipple equality in their species
Vancouver, April 19, 2018 – At the end of March, Serah Small, a 24-year-old Alberta hockey player, made National news because she breastfed her baby in the locker room during a hockey tournament in Grand Prairie, Alberta .
“The natural act of nursing one’s young, replicated by every mammal on Earth, somehow created a media frenzy among human mammals as if Aliens had landed on Earth!” remarked Denise Belisle, GoTopless leader in Canada.
“Why would this natural, instinctive behaviour be regarded as an oddity among ‘civilized’ Homo sapiens?” asked Belisle. “Giving a baby a breast to feed on is just as natural and decent as giving an apple to a five-year- old child.”
“The problem in our society is not that women want to breastfeed their babies, but that they want to do it in public and while doing so, exposing their breasts,” Belisle said. “There is so much discrimination toward women and their breasts because our Judeo-Christian values make us perceive the naked body with guilt and shame. That includes the female nipple but strangely not the male nipple.
” Since its inception 11 years ago, GoTopless has alway maintained that “as long as men are allowed to be topless in public, women should have the same constitutional right. Or else, men should have to wear something to hide their chests.”
“That was the claim made by the Spiritual leader, Maitreya Rael, a relentless defender of equal rights when he recommended the creation of GoTopless in 2007,” informs Belisle.
Equal rights is the core of GoTopless’s mission statement because the human nipples must be treated in equality under the law, in Alberta and everywhere in Canada, including Quebec where topless equality is still baffled due to a murky law
legislating the issue in this largely Catholic province.
“All Canadian provinces should seek inspiration from Ontario and British Columbia when it comes to topless equality,” insists Belisle. She concludes: “My hope is that our society finally accepts and recognizes women’s body as equal to men’s and puts equality before so-called Christian morality.”
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