Go Topless Day Photos: Does Free The Nipple Give Women Equal Rights Or Waste Feminist Nudists’ Time?

Go Topless Day photos are starting to spread around the internet, but some says the main reason that Free The Nipple photos are so popular is the exact reason that feminist nudists are wasting their time.

In a related report by the Inquisitr, Texas’ Go Topless Day turned into a fight over the Second Amendment and gun ownership.

The legal fight behind Go Topless Day does have a historical precedent. Almost a 100 years ago, it was actually illegal for men to go bare chested in public.

“In 1934, the first bare male chest was seen in a movie. The next year, Clark Gable removed his shirt on film, creating a scandal. At that time, it was illegal for men to be seen topless. The same year Clark Gable bared his chest, 42 men in Atlantic City were fined for going topless. In 1936, men finally earned their right to go topless in public.”

In modern times, Go Topless Day protesters like Carolyn Estes says topless women should be allowed the same equal rights as men.

“It’s absurd that someone has judged topless women as obscene, and yet topless men is considered normal in our culture,” said Estes, according to NBC. “We just abhor the double standard. We are practicing our rights. We think everyone should try it — it’s a lot of fun.”

Jaclyn Gardner disagrees.

“That’s just the way society is: Women are supposed to cover themselves. They’re supposed to stay that way,” Gardner said. “My boys aren’t supposed to see that before a certain age.”

The Go Topless Day group, which is organized by the Raelian religion, claim their movement is all about gender equality. Writing for Marie Claire, writer Sophie Tighe notes that the Go Topless Day photos themselves showcase one huge problem with the movement’s goals: an almost naked woman named Rachel Jessee is surrounded by a “swarm” of men who are using the protests as “an excuse to snap some real life pics for their spank bank.” The author points out that there are many other major issues facing the world, but allowing topless women freedom to go be nudists may not be a “cause worth protesting.”

“In it’s purest form, gender equality it is the belief that men and women should be socially, politically and economically equal. When choosing a cause to fight for within this cultural landscape, ideally the aim should be a result that demonstrably improves the position and lives of the unequal citizens. In this case: women. But in what way will women’s lives in the Western world be improved if tomorrow we were allowed to walk around topless in public?”

What do you think?

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