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

(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.”

It's time for women to start normalizing toplessness.
It's time for women to start normalizing toplessness.   (Shutter Stock)
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Why shouldn't women of all shapes enjoy the option of T-shirt-free sunbathing or stoop sitting on summer nights with the same equanimity our male counterparts do?
- Mary Elizabeth Williams

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