Topless Protesters Take Over Maine Town

Maine demonstrators' wardrobes within state law

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 30, 2010 5:47 PM CDT

(Newser) – Topless protesters filled the streets of Farmington, Maine, today, agitating for an end to the double standard that says shirtless men are A-OK but shirtless women are scandalous. Fully clothed counterprotesters—one wielding a blanket—urged the demonstrators to cover up, but they're within the law, notes the Portland Press Herald. "It’s almost like a circus,” said an attendee waving a sign that read “Pornography doesn’t belong on the streets."

Organizer Andrea Simoneau said a recent topless march in Portland inspired her to put on the event, which a police official described as "very quiet and peaceful." The overwhelmingly pasty-white New Englanders who took advantage of the balmy spring weather didn't go over well with one 104-year-old spectator. "I’ve never seen anything in my entire life like this and I hope never to again," she said.

Counterprotester Elaine Graham tries to get University of Maine at Farmington student Andrea Simoneau to cover up during a topless march April 30, 2010, in Farmington, Maine.
Counterprotester Elaine Graham tries to get University of Maine at Farmington student Andrea Simoneau to cover up during a topless march April 30, 2010, in Farmington, Maine.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
University of Maine at Farmington student Andrea Simoneau, left, is videotaped during a topless protest Friday, April 30, 2010, in Farmington, Maine.
University of Maine at Farmington student Andrea Simoneau, left, is videotaped during a topless protest Friday, April 30, 2010, in Farmington, Maine.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Spectators watch women pass by during a topless protest Friday, April 30, 2010, in Farmington, Maine. The state has no law barring women from going topless in public.
Spectators watch women pass by during a topless protest Friday, April 30, 2010, in Farmington, Maine. The state has no law barring women from going topless in public.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Topless protesters attract a large crowd, Friday, April 30, 2010, in Farmington, Maine.
Topless protesters attract a large crowd, Friday, April 30, 2010, in Farmington, Maine.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
University of Maine at Farmington student Andrea Simoneau addresses the crowd during a topless protest Friday, April 30, 2010, in Farmington, Maine.
University of Maine at Farmington student Andrea Simoneau addresses the crowd during a topless protest Friday, April 30, 2010, in Farmington, Maine.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Topless women attract the attention of bystanders, Friday, April 30, 2010, in Farmington, Maine.
Topless women attract the attention of bystanders, Friday, April 30, 2010, in Farmington, Maine.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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