by MC Anton, NowJournal.com
Sunday August 23, 2015
National GoTopless Day arrived at a time in New York City where the topic of public toplessness is current news. The proliferation of character performers in Times Square has caught the attention of new outlets and City Hall. The characters pose for photos for money and are sometimes aggressive. The latest manifestation of this trend is nude body painted women posing for photos with tourists, including children.
Under consideration is making toplessness in public forbidden except at beaches, for women – and men. The courts had previously ruled that if men could take their shirts off in public, then women had the right also. Since rights can’t be unequal, City Hall is planning on taking the right away from men, in order that those rights could be taken back from women.
Given the uncertainty about the laws in the future, this could well be the last GoTopless Day in NYC, so NowJournal decided to cover the event, which consisted of a parade from Columbus Circle to Bryant Park where more bodies were painted and speeches were made.
You can find out more about the movement at GoTopless.org