Women to pa­rade top­less through New York

The China Post - - LIFE -

Women will pa­rade top­less through the streets of New York on Sun­day, flash­ing their breasts in the name of fem­i­nist lib­er­a­tion as they celebrate an­nual GoTo­p­less Day.

The marches are or­ga­nized by women’s rights group GoTo­p­less, which cam­paigns for women to be able to go shirt­less across the world.

It is al­ready le­gal for women to bare their breasts in public in Amer­ica’s big­gest city, and po­lice will seal off the route of the pa­rade from Colum­bus Cir­cle to Bryant Park, or­ga­niz­ers said.

Dozens of peo­ple are ex­pected to take part when the march be­gins at 12:30 p.m. (1630 GMT). Par­al­lel events will take place in Los An­ge­les’ Venice Beach as well as other U.S. and Euro­pean cities.

“Peo­ple should not feel that it needs to be a taboo” to go top­less, said the head of the group’s New York chap­ter, Rachel Jessee, who is also an ac­tress, model and per­former.

“It’s a hu­man right, and women should be cre­ated equally, but a lot of peo­ple view it as some­thing very sex­ual.”

She told AFP that forc­ing women and girls of a cer­tain age to cover up sub­jected them to “shame and em­bar­rass­ment,” which is “not healthy for the mind.”

GoTo­p­less be­lieves its cam­paign has been given a shot in the arm by the 2014 com­edy film “Free The Nip­ple” and celebri­ties such as Mi­ley Cyrus flash­ing their breasts in public.

Both men and women are in­vited to take part in Sun­day’s events, which fall a few days from the 95th an­niver­sary of Women’s Equal­ity Day, when Amer­i­can women were given the vote.

AP

Robert Burck, who per­forms as the Naked Cow­boy, wears a bra as he plies his trade in New York’s Times Square, Wed­nes­day, Aug. 19.

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