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2017 is ‘Equal Topless Rights Year’ says women's organization GoTopless (censored)
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8 – GoTopless, the organization that launched the Equal Topless Rights Movement, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017. Its court case, Tagami vs. the City of Chicago, is also slated to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this year.
“Hopefully that hearing will precede our annual GoTopless Day, which this year falls on August 26, Women’s Equality Day, 97 years after the 19th Amendment granted equal voting rights to women,” said GoTopless President Nadine Gary.
She said GoTopless’s cultural revolution targets “the sexist, monotheistic, male- dominated culture that plagues our society.”
Rael, the Raelian Movement’s spiritual leader, inspired GoTopless, and stated: “Muslims force women to wear burqas and niqabs, but that same sexist mindset forces Western women to wear tops in public.” He added that “hypocritical” politicians” support gender equal rights but not topless equality, and said cultural revolutions consist of details: “…Equal topless rights appear insignificant compared to war, violence and starvation, but achieving those rights will have a healing impact on those male-created horrors.” [See Rael's speech here:]
“Melania Trump had an uninhibited European upbringing regarding nudity,
so we’re asking her to promote topless equality and empower others to demand this fundamental constitutional right,” Gary said. “Equal topless rights would heal the body guilt and shame women have endured for centuries and free men from obsessive behavior over breasts, which comes from discriminatory topless laws.”
“We hope the Supreme Court will reverse this decades-old gender discrimination (men have been able to go topless since 1936) by upholding the 14th Amendment that grants equal rights. Gender equality must prevail, either by granting women equal topless rights or by eliminating the men’s. Separate gender rights is unconstitutional.”
Gary said GoTopless is prodding society to give women the same rights men have, especially in the taboo area of topless equality.
“Topless equality is a blow to male dominance since controlling women’s bodies has always been a key part of that dominance,” Gary said. “Rael emphasizes that when women are fully empowered, their caring nature as life bearers can heal the unspeakable mess created in a world ruled exclusively by testosterone. Equal gender topless rights will empower today’s women as much as equal gender voting rights empowered 20th century women.”
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Topless rights case just one short step from U.S. Supreme Court
CHICAGO, Nov. 22 – On Nov. 1, a three-judge panel at the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard oral arguments for equal topless rights in Tagami v. City of Chicago,bringing the legal battle launched by the women’s organization GoTopless just one step away from the U.S. Supreme Court.
“On August 24, 2013, police ticketed GoTopless activist Sonoko Tagami for indecent exposure for appearing bare-chested at an annual GoTopless Day rally at North Lake Beach in Chicago,” said GoTopless President Nadine Gary. “None of the shirtless men present were ticketed for the same behavior, so Tagami sued the city of Chicago for discrimination.”
Attorney Kenneth Flaxman has been defending Tagami’s equal topless rights since the beginning of her legal battle three years ago.
“He’s basing his arguments on the first and fourteenth amendments of the U.S. Constitution,” Gary said. “After he argued the case before the Court of Appeals last week, he reported that one judge seemed to favor equal topless rights while another expressed the view that a woman's body contains more erogenous areas than a man’s, implying that the law shouldn’t ignore established social sensibilities concerning the covering of female breasts.”
The third judge, the only male on the panel, remained silent on the issue, according to Gary. Adding that the panel will render its opinion sometime in the next twelve months, she quoted Flaxman as saying, “If the court upholds the current restriction on topless rights, we will seek further review before the Court of Appeals. And if that is unsuccessful, we will seek further review by the United States Supreme Court.”
“The GoTopless cultural revolution initiated by spiritual leader Rael in 2007 will celebrate its tenth anniversary on Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, 2017,” Gary said.
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In the name of your constitutional rights, wear a Burkini -Topless !
FREEDOM ! EQUALITY!
In response to the recent media storm caused by the banning of the Burkini on French beaches, the international organization GoTopless.org is launching a campaign "Wear a burkini - Topless ". However amongst all this noise, the French leaders and state institutions are keeping remarkable quiet on the subject of personal freedom and gender equality of the right to be topless.
"Equal rights for everyone, regardless of origin, condition, appearance, belief, sex or gender, includes the right to be topless, just as much as the right to wear a burkini "said Maryline Canin, GoTopless coordinator in France. "The freedom of dress is a fundamental right which must be respected, regardless of any political and religious considerations," she continues.
The campaign "Wear a burkini - Topless" was inspired by an idea from Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement who had already initiated the GoTopless Movement in 2007 and whose support for gender equality is uncompromising. He recently stated: "Muslims are being criticized because they force their women to wear a burqa, a niqab, or a burkini. Yet that is exactly the same sexist thinking forcing Western women to hide their breasts in public." He added that "the hypocritical politicians are claiming to do all they can to support equal rights for women, but so far no one has dared advocate for equal rights to be topless" (see Rael’s full speech.).
Regarding the French government, Maryline Canin says that GoTopless activists have been confronting each successive minister of women’s rights for several years on this issue without any response to date, and yet now the Prime Minister himself has just declared that Marianne’s bare breast is France’s symbol of freedom, that is to say one of its fundamental constitutional principles.
"In France, under the fuzzy pretext of decency and public order, we have been persuaded to relinquish our personal freedom at the expense of an authoritarian and discriminatory logic" says Maryline Canin.
While the mayors of Cannes, Le Touquet and other cities are banning the Burkini, in Paris on the other hand, equivalent authorities are trying to prevent women from going topless on beaches. Men on the other hand, can walk about topless without any problems. That is why we decided to bring this to the public’s attention through an open letter to Mr. Valls, the prime minister of France in the hope of resolving this discrimination (link to letter).
“The price of freedom today for every "French Marianne", that is to say any women choosing to be topless just like men, is a 15,000 euro fine and a year in prison for sexual exhibitionism" explains Maryline Canin. "Correct dress-code expected of women: not too covered and not too bare. That is the limit of “freedom and equality” rationed out by the archaic and sexist texts applied in France, all under the domination of monotheistic thinking" she concluded.
Wear a Burkini-Topless!