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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
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)

(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.

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May 10, 2010 12:34 AM CDT
When I was a kid men where not allowed to go topless, Bathing suits were allowed on the beaches but get off the beach and a man had to wear trousers.. Go for it ladiesk good to shake a few people up. Not a big deal I remember my MIL (a former psychiatric nurse) saying to me one day "You haven't got anything I haven't seen and if you have I want to see it." LOL
John J Hubbard Jr
May 7, 2010 11:44 AM CDT
First let me say that I have lived in other countries besides the U.S. As Americans we are a very uptight society when it comes to PUBLIC NUDITY. We tell our teenagers to wait to have sex and complain about the programming on TV and say it to sexual. But yet we are bombarded in every form of media with sex. TV, Radio, Print, etc.... We tune into it and subscribe to it everyday. In Germany they have topless beaches and full frontal nudity on TV. In Saudi Arabi, Kuwait, Turkey, Iraq and Iran and the like, a women could be killed by a family member for dishonoring the family. Now with that said, What were these women protesting? It's not against the law in Maine for women to be topless in public. Just a matter of choice. If you want to walk around with girls hanging out for everyone to see, be prepared for the comments that will come your way. Good, Bad, or indifferent. That's it they are just boobs. All women have them, some guys do to and some guys are boobs. So to each their own.
May 5, 2010 1:03 PM CDT
where is my comment?