Feminism | Posted by Jessica S on 08/26/2009

Go Topless Day?

Did you know that August 23rd is Go Topless Day?


David Beckham is ALWAYS taking his shirt off (not that Im complaining about that), so why cant we?

David Beckham is ALWAYS taking his shirt off (not that I'm complaining about that), so why can't we?

While browsing the internet today, I came upon an interesting website: gotopless.org


They are a US organization claiming that women have the same constitutional right to be bare chested in public places as men. The founder of the organization, Maitreya Rael, says that “as long as men 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.”

They hold an annual protest every year, the next being next year in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the 19th amendment and Women’s Equality Day.

This is from their site:
Why a National GoTopless Protest day? Gotopless.org 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, criminalized. On SUNDAY AUGUST 23RD, 2009, topless women have rallied in great numbers across the USA to protest this gross inequality in the law and have demanded that their fundamental right to be topless be acknowledged where men already enjoy that right according to the 14th amendment of the Constitution.

They have a legal argument on the right to be topfree that states:
The 14th amendment guarantees equal protection under law and properly interpreted it guarantees women the right to be top-free where men are allowed to be topfree. Unfortunately, some jurisdictions do not recognize that right, and there is a less stringent test in the courts (called intermediate scrutiny) for gender based differential treatment than for e.g., racial classifications (which are analyzed under what’s called strict scrutiny).

Our rights under the 14th Amendment guarantee and include the one to be top free where men are allowed to – We seek to see legislation (or court decisions where arrests are made for being top free) in all jurisdictions to make explicit what should already be understood as implicit within the meaning of equal rights.

So, I suppose the question is, would you go topless, or celebrate Go Topless Day?

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  • Sarah @ at 3:55 pm, August 26th, 2009

    I’m all for equal rights, but even if legislation like this passes, how many women are going to walk around topless? How many women are going to endure the gawking and abuse that will follow when an unsuspecting family walks by? I sure as hell wouldn’t. Sorry. :(

  • Alex Catgirl @ at 6:09 pm, August 26th, 2009

    I got the notice the day after(August 24th)or I would of gone to the local rally.

    People always comment about my lack of bra, they are the ones with the problem, not I.

  • Jessi B @ at 6:48 pm, August 26th, 2009

    I wish I could not wear a bra, but, unfortunetly, or maybe fortunetly, I was gifted with a too large chest for that.

  • Erin @ at 7:17 pm, August 26th, 2009

    Why do I suspect that someone with a Y chromosome is really behind this “protest day”?

    In your dreams, boys! But feel free to go topless yourselves. :)

  • Rachel @ at 7:36 pm, August 26th, 2009

    If breasts weren’t so sexualized, if it were a more common occurrence, as this motion is trying to encourage, women wouldn’t be gawked at so much for going topless.

    I’m not here to decorate anyone’s world. If they have a problem with what I wear (or don’t), they can look away (or not), I don’t really care.

  • RebJ @ at 8:02 pm, August 27th, 2009

    I have heard about this. But men don’t really go “topless” either, unless it is at the beach. And you can definitely find topless women at beaches.

  • K8 AH @ at 11:10 pm, August 27th, 2009

    It is not that I personally would choose to go topless if given the opportunity… But for goodness sakes it shouldn’t be illegal! Why should the fact that my “top” includes more fatty tissue than a male “top” make me a target for arrest. This is pure and simple sexist bullshit! If we are going to get all puritanical about nipples, make men cover up too! They can wear triangle tops at the beach too!

  • Zola @ at 7:28 pm, August 30th, 2009

    I had an experience at summer camp where some boys complained that the girl’s swimsuits were too revealing and it was making them uncomfortable. As a result, all the girls were forced to wear tee shirts over their swimsuits, boys were not. When I complained that the boy’s exposure was making me uncomfortable as well, and requested that the boys wear shirts, the counselors laughed and dismissed it. It’s upsetting to me that that is still considered an okay thing to do. Why should boys go shirtless when we weren’t even allowed to wear bikini tops?

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