'National Topless Day' Is Our New Favorite Cause, Because Breasts Are Awesome!
We may be living in 2016 but women in the world do not have the same equal rights as men. This is not just an issue plaguing third world countries or nations with strict religious laws, it is everywhere. The ability to vote, work, have equal pay, and reproductive rights differs from country to country.
As much as countries like the United States have made progress, there is still a long road ahead. We live in a society afflicted with double standards. Women are still judged and shamed for doing the same things men do and no one bats an eye.
Today women in the U.S. and other parts of the world will be taking off their shirts and bras while the men will don bikini tops and bras in support of women to go topless in public. Go Topless Day is an annual event asking for gender-equality.
Go Topless Day falls on the Sunday closest to Women's Equality Day which falls on August 26th.
Women's Equality Day commemorates women achieving the right to vote in the United States.
On this day both women and men protest laws that prohibit women from walking, running, and be topless.
Men on the other hand are free to walk around without their shirts on without any repercussions.
Men are encouraged to cover their chests while women take their tops off.
Protesters often hold up posters with signs stating, "Men and women have nipples. Why should women hide theirs?" or "Equal topless rights for all or none."
Women use nipple covers or pasties to cover the areola to avoid getting arrested in states where going topless is still illegal.
The group GoTopless was established by Frenchman Claude Vorilhon, a former auto-racer and journalist. Vorilhon now goes by the name Rael and is the spiritual leader of a UFO-based religion called the Raelian Movement.
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The Go Topless movement began in 2007 with the actual protests and events taking place a year later.
Countries like Canada, Colombia, Australia, France, South Africa, and England, among others observe this day.
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