This can’t be serious, can it? It is, eturbonews today, Aug. 31, say it is so. In its quest for the right for women to bare breasts, an organization calling itself GoTopless is launching its first Nipple Pride Parade in New York City on Aug. 23–on the 8th annual GoTopless Day– in honor of Women’s Equality Day. It’s going to be interesting to see how this goes over in the Big Apple which is already up in arms over the number of bare-breasted women prancing around Times Square. But Rachel Jesse, the GoTopless fearless leader defends the parade saying, “For 23 years, New York has been a beacon of topless equality.” (In 1992, the state’s supreme court ruled for a woman’s group, the Topless Seven, establishing topless equality statewide.) “But few women exercise their topless rights in New York even now,” Jessee said. “Shame and guilt are deeply ingrained, and they find it hard to break free. The purpose of the Nipple Pride Parade is to empower them to overcome those feelings. Decades ago, bare-chested men were arrested for indecent exposure, and many were self-conscious about going topless after it became legal. But men overcame their reluctance and women can too!” GoTopless feels that women’s breasts should be fair game and not sexualized.
The GoTopless web site emphatically proclaims:” Equal topless rights for all, free your breasts! Free your mind”! “We are a U.S.-based organization founded in 2007 by spiritual leader Rael and we claim that women have the same constitutional right that men have to go bare-chested in public.” “As long as men are allowed to be topless in public, women should have the same constitutional right. Or else, men should have to wear something to hide their chests” Rael, founder of GoTopless.org and spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement (rael.org)”
While celebrations will be held all over the country, listed on a Boob map on the GoTopless site, on Aug. 23, the New York parade will begin at 1 p.m. at Columbus Circle and ends at Bryant Park. The event is open to public to watch or participate. “It’s liberating and empowering to free the body from repression. Freeing nipples frees minds, restoring self-image and self-esteem. Our parades overflow with joy and fun. We’ll have breast-decorated floats and carnival costumes, topless acrobats and other performers.” You can find a whole lot more information about this liberated organization on its website as well as videos that we couldn’t publish here due to nudity.
With all the hoopla already in swing in New York, GoTopless will be going up against some pretty stiff opposition when they strut their stuff next Sunday (see video).