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Topless Protesters Take Over Maine Town

Maine demonstrators' wardrobes within state law
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2010 5:47 PM CDT
Topless Protesters March for Women's Rights
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.
(Read more Maine stories.)

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