Topfreedom: A Woman’s Right?

I’ll have to admit that my agreeing that women should have the right to publicly go topless sounds a bit male-ish. Not so much sexist as just another ‘guy’ thing to say. But when you really dig to the heart of the issue, it is certainly about civil rights and the freedom women in most states do not have. Sure, I like breasts, but even more, I don’t like regulations and laws set upon people because of their sex. I feel it is as if the racial laws of ‘coloreds’ not being allowed in ‘white’ places still abide in some cases. Yes, it’s that deep and it is that wrong.

Here, however, is a change in the weather, according to the Christian Post on July 6th, 2011:

“FREE YOUR BREASTS! FREE YOUR MIND!” reads the GoTopless website, an organization that claims women have the same constitutional right that men have to go bare-chested in public.

Women across the country may have a perfect excuse to do just that on August 21. GoTopless has scheduled marches in various cities throughout the U.S. in order to honor National Women’s Equality Day. Women in the marches are expected to go topless, while men are asked to wear bikini tops, to symbolize the need for gender equality. Several cities where marches will take place include: Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

“The ultimate goal is for the laws to change on the national level so that women have the same rights as men,” said Lara Terstenjak to the Daily Caller, spokesperson for GoTopless. “As long as men are allowed to be topless in public, women should have the same constitutional right or men should have to cover up in public.”

But not everyone is thrilled about the idea of women ditching their tops. The Christian community is specifically opposed to it.

To go further with the article would be giving the Post their complete radical perspective and this is not the forum for such anarchy. And here we go from the now recognized website, gotopless.org and their latest article:

On Aug. 21, 2011, for the fourth consecutive year, U.S.-based GoTopless.org will stage a national Go-Topless Day protest to proclaim women’s constitutional right to go bare-chested in public. During the protest, while participating women go bare, male participants will cover their chests to comply with gender equal rights by wearing bikini tops or bras.

 Sound ridiculous? It’s no more ridiculous than women having to wear tops at all time in this double-standard, legal topless battle.

Again, to go further with the article wouldn’t be fair to the Christian Post so I’ll just keep this nice and simple. And I think my own personal beliefs mentioned above, give you a sense of how the world is turning and that would be a fine change for the likes of me who appreciate the freedoms one deserves as a human – and of course, seeing topless women isn’t too bad of a stretch as well.

AND AGAIN… This is from the Portland Press on April 6th, 2010:

PORTLAND – About two dozen women marched topless from Longfellow Square to Tommy’s Park this afternoon in an effort to erase what they see as a double standard on male and female nudity.

A group of women and men who had shed their tops march down a Congress Street sidewalk from Longfellow Square to Tommy’s Park. They were promoting the freedom of women to be topless in public. The group attracted many amateur and professional photographers.

The women, preceded and followed by several hundred boisterous and mostly male onlookers, many of them carrying cameras, stayed on the sidewalk because they hadn’t obtained a demonstration permit to walk in the street. About a thousand people gathered as the march passed through Monument Square, a mix of demonstrators, supporters, onlookers and those just out enjoying a warm and sunny early-spring day.

After the marchers reached Tommy’s Park in the Old Port, some turned around and walked back to Longfellow Square, but most stayed and mingled in the park. Some happily posed for pictures. Police said there were no incidents and no arrests – nudity is illegal in Maine only if genitals are displayed.

But you must remember, this is not about pornography or for the ‘all-the-way’ rights of going completely naked in public – that’s another thousand years off. This is about women being treated equally, even if they are built different. But not so different that men can’t, or shouldn’t, handle it. But I find on the internet a vast array of guys commenting like 10 year little boys making fun of the ugly kid in class. Pure immaturity and just real lack of respect for a woman because they are amused at breasts being bare, or just too suppressed in real life to respect a woman.

Woman are human, too, and women deserve to choose their freedoms, as much as a man does, to go topless when, in short, we are just people and we two sexes should have enough respect for each other that bare breasts shouldn’t be deemed dirty, nasty, pornographic or even sexual in most cases. I remind you that a point in time where women’s knees, elbows, necks and backs were deemed too sexual in nature that they were banned from being shown publicly but since dismissed. Breasts are as natural to women as their feet and natural in the course of nature as men’s own breasts.

For centuries women have been seen as both unequal to men but yet artistic, in that artists have photographed, sculptured, painted and even written about those beautiful qualities of a woman. As I have grown up, my prepubescent and immature lust for women are all gone, but my mature and adult appreciation for women carries on as one of the very few things I still see as beautiful works of God’s nature.