Wednesday, September 3, 2008

National Gotopless Protest Day


For many people, the matter is quite an important. Probably, that is why the Website captured again the public attention, raising to the top 12 line in Google Top Searches.

Topless2! is an official US organization, claiming that women have the same constitutional right to be bare-chested in public places as men.
Rael, spiritual leader and founder of states: "as long as men can be topless, constitutionally women should have the same right, or men should also be forced to wear something hiding their chest."

Topless3 claims constitutional equality between men and women on being topless in public. Currently, women who dare to be topless in public in the US are repeatedly being arrested, fined, humiliated, and criminalized. On Aug 23rd, 2008, topless women arranged multiple rallies in different USA cities to protest this inequality in the law and demanded the fundamental right to be topless where men already enjoy that right according to the 14th amendment of the Constitution. August has been chosen for the peaceful protests, because in 1970, Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day "as a reminder of women’s continuing efforts for equality".

Protesters, many of whom wore plastic nipples over their clothes as a sign of their cause, argued that topless women are more pleasant to look at than some men who remove their shirts in public with no legal repercussions.


I would say that these ladies have their points, from all perspectives - legal, ethical, aesthetical, and psychological. May be, that is time for USA to reach little but more open-minded position. I am sure, while glancing back from the future on these protests they will look funny and immature. But, remember, how ridiculous were viewed women in short dresses in the public not so long ago? Time is running forward, and some societal processes are stalling.

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