franklanguage (franklanguage) wrote,

Go Topless day!

Today was Go Topless day, a worldwide event, and a bunch of us lovelies met at Bryant Park to protest the disparity of treatment of topless men vs. topless women.

I don't know how the cut will go through from Dreamwidth to LiveJournal, so I just want to say some of the following images may be NSFW (but wouldn't be in a truly free society) so if you're likely to be offended or are at work, you might want to get away from this URL, or drape the monitor with a jacket or something.

Actually, for some reason the sort-of leader of this march met with a group of a few women at Bryant Park (40th street between 5th and 6th avenues), and stepped off toward Times Square around 12:15 PM; I got to the park around 12:30, which was the meeting time stated on the website. (I get that they were anxious to start, but it meant there were a few of us left behind, and might have made for a bigger rally if they had waited.)

Importantly, there was a woman, Phoenix Feeley, at the rally who shared her story of (recent!) imprisonment for daring to sunbathe topless on a New Jersey beach. The publicity she received helped the length of her imprisonment to be cut—she was imprisoned for refusing to pay a fine of $816—but it's pretty abominable that she was jailed at all.

Never take your rights for granted; they can be taken away at any time.

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Tags: boobies, bryant park, fucked-up shit, nyc, topless

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