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04-Jul-2012,
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Facebook censors GoTopless statue of liberty

This article appeared last year - Note that this year, GoTopless Day is Aug 26, 2012

LAS VEGAS, July 20, 2011 – GoTopless.org is calling for a public protest after an image at the organization’s Facebook page depicting the Statue of Liberty with bare breasts was removed by Facebook staff. The disputed image was a photo of a painting by GoTopless member Donna Grabow.

The incident began when GoTopless president Nadine Gary received an e-mail from Facebook staff on July 18 explaining the reason for the photo’s removal. It read, in part:

“You uploaded a picture to ‘NEW YORK National Go Topless Day: A March for Women’s Equal Rights! AUG 22" that violates our Terms of Use, and this picture has been removed. Facebook does not allow photos that attack an individual or group, or that contain nudity, drug use, violence, or other violations of the Terms of Use.”

“Clearly the image wouldn't have been taken down had Grabow also drawn a beard around the statue’s face,” said Brigitte Boisselier, a GoTopless member who is also international spokesperson for the Raelian Movement. (Both organizations were founded by Rael, who launched GoTopless to promote equal topless rights for women.)

“I’m asking all my friends on Facebook and those who believe in equal rights for men and women to post the picture that was taken down,” Boisselier said. “Some frustrated individuals can’t see a nipple without freaking out or feeling offended, but we’ve already had enough discrimination against the female body. I’m asking all women on Facebook to stand for equal topless rights by posting this photo to their own pages. And I’m also asking all men who can appreciate a female body without feeling guilty to do the same.”


30-Jun-2012,
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Photo of Rihanna exercising her topless rights in NYC banned from Facebook page

Photo of Rihanna exercising her topless rights in NYC banned from Facebook page;
GoTopless.org to hold Aug. 26 rallies to secure women’s topless rights


Facebook has informed Nadine Gary, president of the organization GoTopless (gotopless.org), that it is temporarily freezing her Facebook account because she posted a photo of Rihanna in which the celebrity appeared without wearing a top in NYC.

Gary said a Facebook representative told her that the picture, which Gary had posted on Facebook on behalf of GoTopLess, violated the social media site’s rules of decency.
“GoTopless is an activist women’s organization devoted to promoting women’s constitutional right to go topless in public,” Gary said in a statement released this morning. “The U.S. Constitution clearly upholds gender equality, and that principle should apply to laws dealing with the right to go topless as well as to the right to vote, bear arms and do many other things.”
Gary said Rihanna was seen exercising that right in New York City back in March, when she was seen going topless to a casual evening dinner.


18-Aug-2011,
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Press release: GoTopless Aug 21, 2011 is National GoTopless Day

With the slogan, “Topless equal rights for all or none,” GoTopless.org is summoning men across America to cover their chests on Aug. 21 in the name of equal rights.

On that day, for the fourth consecutive year, the U.S.-based organization will stage a national GoTopless Day protest to proclaim a woman’s constitutional right to go bare-chested in public. During the protest, while participating women go bare, male participants will cover their chests with bikini tops or bras to proclaim equal rights for both genders.

Sound ridiculous?

“It’s no more ridiculous than women having to wear tops at all time in this double-standard, topless battle that’s being waged in public and in the courts,” said Nadine Gary, president of GoTopless.org.

For Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement and founder of GoTopless.org, the equation is simple: "As long as men can go topless, either women should have the same constitutional right or men should also be forced to wear something that hides their chests.”

“We will force men to legally cover up if women can’t go bare,” agreed Gary, who is also a Raelian priestess. “After 4 years, our national protests are starting to bear fruit, for a growing number of women across the country are reaching out to us. They’re beginning to feel empowered by our demonstrations and the constitutional message we bring.”

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