Women Rally to Go Topless

Over the top protest against 'gender discrimination'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2010 3:31 AM CDT
Updated Aug 23, 2010 5:23 AM CDT

The protesters wanted to get something off their chest—namely, their tops—and most passers-by were thrilled they did. A Los Angeles beach yesterday became the latest site of the growing "Go Topless" movement by women who are demanding the same rights as men to go bare chested. Some two dozen women wearing nothing more than band-aids or bits of red tape above the waist marched at Venice beach along with similar demonstrators in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Denver and Miami Beach to protest laws denying women equal rights to take off their shirts in public.

"Demand topless equality," demonstrators chanted, while sympathetic men donned red bikini tops to show their solidarity with the women. "If we are not allowed, men must be forced to hide their chests on the basis of gender equality," said organizer Nadine Gary. Men were understanding, noted the Los Angeles Times. "We walk around topless," said one bosom buddy stud muffin. "They should be able to if they want."
(More topless stories.)

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