This has always bothered. Why can men go around without shirts (except for in establishments with food and some stores) but we have to cover up? Why does the fact that my nipples are backed with mammary glands and fat make a difference?* The freedom to go topless is a sort of silly thing, but, as I believe I have said in the past, these little things all add up to a heaping pile of unfair. On both sides of the gender divide.
This may be a discrepancy many of you have noticed, but some people are actually acting on. Gotopless.org has organized protests for topless equality. They are all occurring on “Go Topless Day” and D.C. is included! Some places in America it is already legal for women to go topless and D.C. is one of them. Here is a map, courtesy of gotopless.org, that shows the topless laws in American states. Keep in mind, though, that some cities within states have different laws.
The one possible tripping point is the owner of the website, The Raelian movement. On the home page of the website, the movement says that it was “founded in 2007 by spiritual leader Rael”. If you’ve never heard of them (which I hadn’t), they believe that scientists from another planet came to Earth and started life. I’m sure they believe other things, but that is mostly all they say on their website when they are explaining themselves.
The only two mentions of the Raelian movement on the site are the one I mentioned and the recommended reading of the Raelian book, “Intelligent Design”. Accordig to the wikipedia article (I know, great source) some claim that the Topless Day event is a publicity and recruiting method for the religion/philosophy. I’m distrustful of organized religion to begin with, so I wouldn’t put it past them. The Rael movement has been involved with a number of protests, though, so this may just be what they do. Either way, I believe that these topless days and protests may actually get some awareness for how absurd this double standard is and how easily it can be fixed.
*I’d say some men have breasts as large as mine, but as those of you know me are aware of, that is very unlikely.