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Police violates the right of legally topless sunbather in British Columbia - The importance of standing up for your topless right.

During the weekend of June 14, 2015, Jessica Lehegarate was sunbathing topless on the legally topless public beach of Kelowa, BC, Canada. A police officer walked up to her and told her that he was going to arrest her if she didn't put some clothes on or else she'd have to leave immediately. Jessica rightfully responded that it is legal to go topless in British Columbia. The officer answered that he couldn't charge her but that he could arrest her.  

Such situation is outrageous and no woman should put up with such intimidating, discriminatory tactics.  If you are a female who is legally going topless in public, be prepared to educate the police who may stop you by having a copy of your local indecent exposure statute pertaining to female breasts in your belongings.  If the police continues to harrass you and decides to arrest you and it is clear that going topless is your only "crime", then you have the option to politely comply with the arrest (if someone else is filming the sitution, all the better) and then turn back and sue the police and / or the city for wrongful arrest.

In NYC, two notorious topless activists, Phoenix Feeley and Holly Van Voast were both wrongfully arrested in the City while going topless in public. They both sued and received a significant sum of money in damages. If you have the patience and the determination, you are strongly encouraged to do the same wherever topless rights are already recognized.  It seems to be the only way for law inforcement employees to learn to respect women's topless rights. Sometimes it takes a financial "slap on the wrist" before a city learns its lesson.

Now the NYC police is regularly briefed on Women's topless rights in the City but we still advise women to carry that statute if they plan on going topless.  One can never be too cautious.

Thank you, Jessica for bringing this matter to us and allowing us to share with the public.  Each story brings us closer to a true equal gender topless society. Please feel free to share yours with us.

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Rael criticizes critics of scientist’s shirt worn in televised interview; Gotopless invites Taylor to join its next topless rally

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 19 – Rael spiritual leader of the International Raelian Movement (IRM), had critical words for a news article that lambasted scientist Matt Taylor for wearing a shirt the article's author deemed offensive and politically incorrect.

Rael’s comments countering the article viewpoint were issued today in a statement released by the IRM.

Taylor, who worked on the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Project that landed a spacecraft on Comet Philae, recently appeared on a televised interview for Nature Newsteam. During the interview, in which he commented on the project, he wore a shirt that lavishly depicted nude women in alluring poses.

The article attacking both Taylor and his shirt, entitled “I don’t care if you landed a spacecraft on a comet, your shirt is sexist and ostracizing,” and carrying the subheading, “That’s one small step for man, three steps back for humankind,” appeared ontheverge.com on November 13. Referring to Taylor’s apparel as “a bowling shirt covered in scantly clad caricatures of sexy women in provocative poses,” the author commented that Taylor chose to “represent the space community” wearing a shirt that “demeans 50 percent of the world’s population.”

“This is a very stupid article; you can be a female scientist and also enjoy posing naked,” Rael commented in today’s statement. He added, “This criticism is full of Christian prejudice against sex and nudity.”

Taylor apologized publicly for wearing the shirt. But according to Raelian philosophy, which celebrates nudity, the unadorned female body and renditions of such, Taylor owed no one an apology.

“On the contrary, he should be commended, both for expressing his individuality with expressive clothing and for wearing a shirt that celebrates the nude female body in all its glory,” said Brigitte Boisselier, spokesperson for the IRM. “ We are still struggling from thousands of years of gender prejudice and imposed modesty on women. Sexy looking girls are considered sluts and Gotopless activists are fined. (The Gotopless organization, inspired by Rael, unites men and women fighting for equal gender rights so that everyone can legally go bare-chested in public.)

“I hope Matt Taylor will join our next Gotopless Day rally wearing his now-famous shirt,” said Gotopless Spokesperson Nadine Gary.

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GoTopless activists join Femen to protest the recent 'sexual exhibition' accusation against them in Paris

On Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, five GoTopless members joined forces with the FEMEN association in France to support two Femen members accused of sexual exhibition for protesting topless in the French capital.

"Would men in a similar protest, and shirtless, also have been charged with sexual exhibitionism?” wondered Maryline Canin, GoTopless leader in France.

We will recall on GoTopless day three years ago in France, the alleged country of human rights, six GoTopless women who were still fully clothed were arrested and prevented from engaging in the peaceful protest, while men who were shirtless and part of the group were free to protest.

This past Sunday Maryline Canin was with the Femen group and this is what she witnessed: 35 Femen women with flower wreaths in their hair as a symbol of their femininity and proudly disobedient, with beautiful energy, have shown for two hours their unwavering commitment to change attitudes and laws in France and walked to the courthouse, where their trial was held a few days earlier.

• Topless and free
• I’m a feminist, not an exhibitionist
• A shirtless man is cool, free, and legal. A topless woman is criminal.
• My nudity is my freedom...
• Not a criminal, not a criminal

These were some of their powerful slogans that we chanted with them.

The police force was quick to arrive on the scene and, with a crowd of tourists and many photographers present, they stormed toward women, surrounded them and sometimes dragged them to the ground before taking them in their vans. We have since learned that they were arrested and charged with sexual exhibitionism again!

“As more and more women are claiming their right to be topless on social networks by posting photos of their back and nude breasts, as renown fashion designers reveal female breasts during fashion shows, as women protest topless in front of embassies in France, a country known for its buoyancy and culture, other women are arrested simply because they are topless and because they demand the right to have the freedom to do with their bodies as they see fit. Does this not illustrate how much work still remains to be done (or undone) in our sexual revolution where, even in Western countries, we still point the finger at so many Muslim countries and complain regarding the disparity that exists between the way men are treated versus women?” explains Maryline Canin. And what is even more astonishing and confusing is how various political officials, including the mayor of Paris, on the one hand express support for freedom of expression and freedom of creation, while on the other hand remain completely silent when it comes to defending the real equal rights for women to be topless as men are. Has equality between women and men become a politically correct term in France, the only country where Femen women are accused of sexual exhibitionism? How much longer shall we wait before we see the coming of an open minded elected official, as New York’s mayor, who ordered officers in his police force not to harass topless women in the streets?
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