August 22 is National Go-Topless Day


52 Responses to “August 22 is National Go-Topless Day”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I expect my rights as a photographer will be fully protected given the public nature of this event.

  2. Phikus says:

    I see an Austin event on the site. Austin has it in the city charter that women can go topless whenever they wish, but this does not mean I would discourage the event. It seems there could always be more women taking advantage of this than those that do.

    Thanks, BB, for keeping us abreast of this, and for lending your support. Yes, thanks for the mammaries!

  3. djfatsostupid says:

    I’m surprised no one mentioned this yet, but one of the hilarious quirks of American law is that while people haven’t settled the issue of whether 14th amendment rights protect it under the notion of equality of genders, 1st amendment rights do protect it as long as it is being done to make a clear statement. So basically you have a constitutionally protected right to go topless as long as you are doing so at a protest to the illegality toplessness.

    As noted above, many North American jurisdictions have overturned laws against women baring their breasts in public, but it hasn’t resulted in women actually doing so. Living in Toronto I have never seen a bare breast in public except for breastfeeding. People who want to continue the norm on public toplessness should probably just quietly acquiesce to decriminalization. Much to the chagrin of nearly half the population, it will not result in women suddenly deciding to take their shirts off.

    • dragonfrog says:

      Your reference to breastfeeding is right on, and I think you may have missed it yourself.

      If being bare-breasted in public is illegal, then so is breastfeeding in public – it becomes something that has to be done in hiding. There’s no need for fashions to change to include breast-revealing outfits for women (though they’re now free to – who knows, maybe one day they will). The thing is that that’s one activity that women pretty much must bare their chests for, and they stood under threat of punishment for caring for their kids.

  4. Palefire says:

    I think I’m okay with this as long as there is some sort of age restriction. Or maybe a “droopiness” restriction. That would go for men, too.

    • Brainspore says:

      No dice- if ugly people can show their faces in public then droopy old people can show their bodies in public.

      Though I really hope my parents choose not to.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Topless is something normal and actually kinda unremarkable, women do have the right to do it wherever they want.

  6. damajackal says:

    Does anybody know how to contact these people? This would be a perfect place for me to play a concert, since half my songs are about boobs anyway.

  7. Brainspore says:

    Also: how come none of the UFO-themed cults from California can be this cool? The Scientologists take all your money and Heaven’s Gate is just a depressing mix of celibacy, castration and suicide.

  8. susana1553 says:

    They want to sell more clothes!!!

  9. Norman says:

    Economy’s tanking, but who cares? I want to show my boobies. Some people have way too much time on their hands.

    Here’s the difference: nobody takes a picture of a man’s chest.

    Another difference: touch a random man in the chest, he’ll think you’re weird. Touch a random woman’s chest, and you’re going to jail.

    Men and women are different. Deal with it.

    • Brainspore says:

      Economy’s tanking, but who cares? I want to show my boobies.

      If the people who are showing their boobies for a UFO-cult-sponsored holiday are the same people who are supposed to be fixing the economy then we’re probably screwed anyway.

      Now who’s the real boob here?

  10. Anonymous says:

    If women can cope without rioting in the street every time they see a hot man without a shirt on, AND if women can avoid vomiting or cowering every they see a fat wrinkly old man without a shirt on, men can surely do the same when they see a pair of attractive boobs on display, or a pair of wrinkly sagging old lady boobs, or anything in between really.

    Jerrill, you are forgetting that women are inherently superior to men. Allow me to apologize for my gender, we are retarded.

  11. Anonymous says:

    If everyone starts going topless, boobs will stop being exciting. If even men had to wear shirts, I think getting naked would be that much more fun.

  12. narrowstreetsLA says:

    “Or else, men should have to wear something to hide their chests.” I love the wishy-washiness of Rael’s conviction.

  13. Donald Petersen says:

    On Sunday August 22nd, 2010, topless women [will rally] in great numbers across the USA to protest this gross inequality in the law

    Sigh… if only.

  14. William George says:

    Or else, men should have to wear something to hide their chests.

    Given the condition of most mens chests these days, I think I agree with this demand.

  15. starbugtwo says:

    In Ontario it’s legal for women to be topless. I wish they made it so it was illegal for both sexes to be topless. It’s very disturbing to see guys walking around showing off their moobs.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Or else, men should have to wear something to hide their chests.”

    This is bs… I’m fit and skinny and I definatly don’t have moobs… This isen’t fair! Why should I cover my chest cause some idiot thinks they got abducted by a UFO??? I would be fine with women going topless but don’t make us men suffer for your sweet revenge!

  17. Fiesta says:

    I fully approve of this protest and will be camping out with some lawn chairs and beer to watch.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I have seen the boobies in a town outside Paris France on Father’s Day weekend in a public park; right next to the pedestrian path leading through it.

    Definitely surprising.

    But all of us just said, “Oh well, that’s Europe. That’s how they are. No big deal. Moving on.”

    Besides, she was cute and in good shape, just like a lot of French girls.

  19. Ugly Canuck says:

    What is with you Americans? Don’t you believe in equal rights for women?

    “In 1996 the Province of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, became legally topfree due to a criminal court challenge by Gwen Jacob. Because the highest court in Ontario was interpreting a Canadian federal law, this case has set an important precedent for all of the other provinces in Canada. Attempts to change the law to re-criminalize women have not been supported by Canadian voters.

    As a result of the Gwen Jacob victory, women throughout other provinces in Canada have challenged local and federal laws seeking to criminalize the female breast.”


    As in the case of gay marriage, the sky has not fallen on Canada because of this either.

    The female breast is such a useful and beautiful thing, is it not?

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s also a sexual thing, that’s likely the chief reason why it’s illegal; It’d sort of be like a male pants-less. The site isn’t reasoning right when it asks for equality, since male and female breasts aren’t the same thing. Good pecs to girls would be like a man seeing a good pair of legs on a woman: attractive, but not explicitly sexual. With female breasts, though, it’s a different story. Men see them as explicitly sexual objects; it’s precisely why there are so many comments on here that say “I’m all for it! Now let me get a chair and camp out to watch me some titties”. It’s just how it is. Besides, I’ve asked women about this subject before, and they all say “well yeah, I guess it’d be ok if I got used to showing my boobs to everyone, but then I wouldn’t have any support; that’s the biggest reason why any girl wears a bra or bikini.” Personally, I’d find it a little annoying, since being a man I’d find it explicitly sexual but couldn’t do anything and would have to keep my cool. It’d just be constant teasing. I bet it’d make a fair amount of guys flip.

      tl;dr boobs are explicitly sexual, pecs are not. Explicitly sexual things apparently don’t work well in societies like ours, since we cover up our genitals and freak when we see any in public.

      • Anonymous says:

        Ugh, that is terribly ignorant. You just likened simple mammary glands to SEX ORGANS. Have you ever taken human anatomy?
        Please don’t tell me you’re one of those boys that obtain any female specific “education” from pornos. Which of course hyper-sexualizes breasts to an absurd, unreal extent, much of your culture does that and so you get this conditioned response in males, which obviously is to the benefit of said porn industry or whatever else making money off of them. They are well aware of this. But the fact remains, female breasts are not sexual organs, and they are not inherently sexual in nature. I repeat, they. are not. sexual organs. If they were, their sole function would not be to feed babies. Are you saying babies are sexual? I apologize but wtf is wrong with Americans. This entire mindset is harmful to women.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        boobs are explicitly sexual, pecs are not.

        Um, no. I gather that you’re either a straight man or a lesbian. Ask the other demographics if pecs are any less sexual than breasts. Or just go to YouTube and search for ‘pec bounce’.

        • Anonymous says:

          Gahhh! Burkas for EVERYONE!

        • Anonymous says:

          The pec bounce isn’t a good refutation. I said “explicitly” for a purpose. It can be very sexual, just how, as I pointed out but I gather you ignored, a woman’s legs (or butt, or feet, whatever you may be in to) can be sexual, but in general they aren’t viewed that way; the point is, though, that those things don’t say “sex!” as much as breasts do. I agree with other posts that a society can desensitize themselves to them, but I think a society like America’s can only do it to a point, which I think is generally right now (e.g., boobs in movies, nude beaches, etc) — unless there’s a huge change in values.

          • Brainspore says:

            …the point is, though, that those things don’t say “sex!” as much as breasts do.

            Breasts can talk now?

      • Brainspore says:

        boobs are explicitly sexual, pecs are not.

        Women’s faces are explicitly sexual, men’s are not. —The Taliban

      • cjp says:

        Men see breasts as ‘explicitly sexual’ because they have been explicitly sexualized by our culture. In many places (and/or times) the female breast is not seen this way and one of the benefits of having an egalitarian topless law is that it changes one’s perception of the female form.

        I live in Ontario and I very much appreciate the fact that if I need to change my shirt after a run or want to dive into a lake in Algonquin shirtless just like my male friends, I won’t be arrested.

        A woman near my town has found a great use for this prudish view of breasts – she walks around topless to get some piece and quiet.

        “The 56-year-old says she is sick and tired of her neighbours’ five-year-old grandson driving a loud all-terrain vehicle for hours on her quiet street in Seeley’s Bay, near Kingston. So she found a solution under her shirt.

        De Florio has discovered that if she goes out topless, the boy’s horrified grandparents rush the child into the house.

        And she said she will continue to go topless every time the child rides the ATV.”

    • mccrum says:

      What is with you Canadians? Always behind the curve. First with kicking out Britain: 1776, cool with topless ladies New York State: 1992.

  20. Xeni Jardin says:

    I was there at the Venice protest last year, the same one promoted in this flyer. It was hecka lame.

    I mean, it’s Venice, throw a stick and hit a topless weirdo ANY day, whether nudity be legal or illegal.

  21. scragz says:

    I remember it’s legal for women to be topless in New York and, with some digging, it’s apparently legal in some other places in the US:

  22. davidasposted says:

    I hope this event goes better than their whole human cloning scam…

  23. Anonymous says:

    Ok, you win. Go topless.

  24. nutbastard says:

    spend a week at burning man and you’ll find that seeing breasts all the time is neither inherently sexual nor terribly distracting. after 3 days, you hardly even notice.

  25. sapere_aude says:

    On Sunday August 22nd, 2010, topless women [will rally] in great numbers across the USA to protest this gross inequality in the law and [demand] that their fundamental right to be topless be acknowledged where men already enjoy that right according to the 14th amendment of the Constitution.

    I don’t recall any mention in the 14th amendment about men having a right to be topless. No wonder the Teabaggers are trying to get the amendment repealed.

    Or could it be that this is just a really poorly constructed sentence?

    Personally, I’d prefer it if the law allowed women to go topless but required men to wear shirts; but that’s just a personal preference on my part. In any event, I guess we’d better be prepared for earthquakes on the 22nd.

  26. Anonymous says:

    In many ways, topfreedom is the only answer. Prudish laws to punish exhibitionists have unitended consequences for everyone else, in much the same way antiterrorism laws against plane bombers make everyone else’s vacation flight painful.

    Between breastfeeding and the fact that very few people glue their clothes on, the occasional slip is unavoidable.

    Given two normative cases, it’s easier to equalise than to change a rule for everyone.

    And why does it matter that children see breasts? This argument is the most bizarre — what do people think the sight of breasts is going to do to a child?

  27. hassenpfeffer says:

    Just saying that, as a middle-aging man, NO ONE but NO ONE needs to see me topless. How ’bout “go-topless day for those under 25 and/or who go to the gym 5x/week”?

  28. dagfooyo says:

    In my home state of Vermont it’s totally legal for anybody and everybody to be completely nude in public, which is awesome. And the right is frequently exercised with mixed levels of hue and cry and publicity.

    What do people think the chances of this getting celebrated here in SF are? I mean the people are down I’m sure, just that it’ll likely be too chilly. Damn you, cold SF summers…

  29. Anonymous says:

    I live in Ontario, and while the law says that women can go topless, they don’t. Sure some people do, but I can probably count on my fingers the number of times I’ve seen a woman topless in public. Changing the law doesn’t really change the way act for the most part.

  30. Ugly Canuck says:

    True, true…I am now ashamed of my ignorance in this particular branch of comparative law: maybe I ought to bone up on this, eh?
    But rest assured that I never forget that the USA is the original free country: and I am pleased to be occasionally reminded, as you have just done, as to how very free it can, in places, be.

  31. Jerril says:

    Speaking as a straight woman, the idea that female chests are sexualized and male chests aren’t is totally ridiculous.

    Take a look at a Calvin Klein advert some time, or any of the other clothing adverts in the “model is barely wearing the clothing supposedly being advertised” genre. There are so many bare chested men because HAMAGADHOT is a pretty common reaction among straight women (I’m not an authority on the gay male viewpoint, but I understand it’s pretty similar).

    Men are too busy ogling boobs to notice, but women are checking you out too. We just are lucky enough that YOU guys go topless in public on a regular basis and don’t really think much about it.

    The sort of long-running TV joke about female office workers ogling topless, athletic construction workers? It’s a “joke” because it’s “supposed” to be construction workers ogling women – not because topless construction workers aren’t sexy, but because women aren’t supposed to be sexually aggressive.

    If women can cope without rioting in the street every time they see a hot man without a shirt on, AND if women can avoid vomiting or cowering every they see a fat wrinkly old man without a shirt on, men can surely do the same when they see a pair of attractive boobs on display, or a pair of wrinkly sagging old lady boobs, or anything in between really.

  32. Halloween Jack says:

    I’d be happy to expose my breasts, if only Rael had delivered the switched-gender clone of me that he’d promised.

    (OK, so he didn’t really mention the switched-gender idea; that was me. But still.)

  33. mccrum says:

    I do believe that when I read about this law being passed while I was in high school I determined it to be The Best Law Evar.

    Since I moved here eight years after the fact however, nothing’s ever really been flaunted. Except by guys who really shouldn’t.

    Rest well in the knowledge that everyone around you has both full healthcare and cheap access to medicine. Oh, and you just went ahead and took it nationwide.

  34. Alan says:

    Well, that right nice of them Raelians! August 22 is my birthday.

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