Ladies, It's Time to Go Topless

People will never stop staring until we normalize it
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2010 9:58 AM CDT
Updated Apr 10, 2010 2:05 PM CDT
It's time for women to start normalizing toplessness.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Two dozen women in Maine were scoffed at for getting angry when men ogled their topless march—but female toplessness doesn’t have to be a big deal, and it’s about time we all “grow up a little.” Going bare up there is perfectly legal in many places—and “any day the temperature goes above 55 degrees, we're guaranteed to get an eyeful of male shirtlessness,” writes Mary Elizabeth Williams on Salon—so why don’t women feel comfortable stripping down?

“Maybe because real life is rarely fair or equal,” she continues. We do, after all, “live in a country where a woman taking off her shirt is often seen as a desperate plea for Mardi Gras beads.” If more women started normalizing toplessness, sure, people would stare at first—but maybe we would eventually “find ourselves living in a country with a slightly more mature attitude toward our areolae.”

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