Feminism | Posted by Jessica S on 08/26/2009
Go Topless Day?
Did you know that August 23rd is Go Topless Day?
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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