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21-Aug-2018,
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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.


19-Mar-2018,
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Gotopless activist files a petition in U.S. Supreme Court

Chicago, IL - March 19 - On March 12, 2018, after 4 years of inconclusive court battles, Sonoko Tagami, member of the woman's organization GoTopless has filed a petition in the U.S. Supreme Court through attorney Joel Flaxman. 
 
"Sonoko is appealing before the Supreme Court to finally lay to rest the constitutional challenge of whether men and women have equal gender rights when it comes to topless rights".  states Nadine Gary, GoTopless president.
 
 
"Ms. Tagami decided to take her case to court and sued the City of Chicago in order to challenge the blunt gender discrimination she had been the victim of" explains Gary.  "Since its inception 11 years ago, GoTopless has always claimed that equal topless equality is protected by the US constitution and that if the courts rule otherwise, then men will need to be forced to cover up their chest in public thus preserving gender equality". 
 
"That was the claim made by Spiritual leader, Maitreya Rael, a relentless defender of equal rights when he recommended the creation of GoTopless in 2007"  informs Gary.
 
'Now, the central legal question before the Supreme Court judges is whether 'traditional moral norms' really take precedence over the Equal Protection clause in the US Constitution as the 7th District judge panel ruled last year when presented with Tagami's case." states Gary
 
"Many traditional moral norms have justified countless reprehensible, unconstitutional acts in our country's history"  says Gary, "And, thankfully they don't hold up to the supreme law of the land. 
 
"In today's society, a favorable ruling for gender topless equality would also have a major impact on the #metoo movement sweeping our country right now"  says Gary. "When women are given unequivocal equal rights not only in mind but in body as well, our traditional, chauvinist moral norms will gradually give way to a more respectful rapport between the sexes." 
 
"Topless equality speaks volumes to empower womanhood and free everyone from the shackles of Judeo-Christian guilt and shame".  concludes Gary
 

 


13-Nov-2017,
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Gotopless petitions for rehearing in US 7th Circuit Court

Chicago Nov. 13 - On Nov 8, 2017, in a 2 to 1 margin, a three Circuit Judge panel composed of Frank Easterbrook, Ilana Rovner and Diane Sykes ruled to dismiss the GoTopless law suit, Tagami v the City of Chicago.

In 2014, Sonoko Tagami was fined by the Chicago police for being topless on International GoTopless day on the beach where men can be seen topless without any concern from the police" declares Nadine Gary, president of GoTopless. "GoTopless will petition for rehearing within the next 14 days through our lawyer Joel Flaxman. Such unconstitutional and archaic ruling does not belong in our justice system."

Ever since its inception a decade ago, Gotopless has been claiming that women have the same constitutional right to go topless in public as men. If not, men should also be forced to hide their chests.  This claim originated from Spiritual leader Rael whose all-encompassing vision on gender equality begot the creation of GoTopless.

Gotopless’ claim was met with disagreement from Judges Easterbrook and Sykes who invoked "[the] general interest in preserving health, safety, and traditional moral norms and public order." to keep the discriminatory status quo in place.

"It is those same traditional moral norms that have kept women being sexually discriminated and harassed for centuries without them having the means to denounce it without repercussions" said Nadine Gary. "The traditional norms dis-empower women and condemn them to 'modesty' and silence. Gotopless is similar in essence to the #Metoo campaign. It is essential that our lives, including our clothing or lack of, are not dictated by traditions and religious beliefs but by the respect of the constitution that guarantees gender equality".

"Our position was supported by Judge Rovner who rebutted her colleagues conclusion with a series of powerful arguments convincing GoTopless that gender topless equality can no longer be ignored by the justice system.

Rovner refuted the idea that gender stereotypes are constitutional just because we've always had them. She wondered if:  " ...something passes constitutional muster because it has historically been a part of ‘our culture”.

Rovner further challenged the lawfulness of public sensibilities concerning gender-based classification and inquired “whether the particular ‘sensibility’ to be protected is, in fact, a reflection of archaic prejudice or a manifestation of a legitimate government objective”.

Rovner squarely addressed the consequences of “imposing a burden of public modesty on women alone”.  She warned of the “ramifications that likely extend beyond the public way”.  She adds that “evaluations based on stereotypes of how women should dress, appear, and comport themselves can constitute sex discrimination violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964”.

She discredited her colleagues who presented the notion that the law condemning bare-chested women in public was part of a broad consensus.  Rovner indicated that "only three states (Indiana, Tennessee, and Utah) have statutes clearly treating the exposure of the female breast as indecency" and that " the Model Penal Code is limited to public exposure of the genitals (male or female)."

Rovner dissented from her 2 colleagues by concluding that Tagami has a potentially viable First Amendment and sex discrimination claims and should be permitted to develop the record in support of her claims”.

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