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Saturday, May 01, 2010

TOPLESS WOMEN PROTEST IN MAINE

Topless women march for equality
By Glenn Adams, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
FARMINGTON, Maine - A forecast of sunny skies in April seems like the perfect time to put the top down. But a drive in a convertible isn't what some Maine women had in mind Friday.
Nearly two dozen of them marched topless through this college town to protest what they call a double standard that allows men to take off their shirts on a hot summer day. Many men joined the women, taking off their shirts and marching side by side. Joining the scrum were gawkers snapping photos.
It's already legal under state law for women to go topless in public in Maine. But the protesters in Farmington want it to become socially acceptable, too.
"It's about gender equality," said Tia Jacques, joined by husband Charles Jacques, as a mob of people moved through downtown Farmington, causing a traffic backup.
Added Charles: "Whether you choose to do this or not, I want you to be free to do this." He also offered some advice: "Keep making a big deal about it until it's not a big deal."
Friday's event was organized by 22-year-old Andrea Simoneau, a student at the University of Maine at Farmington who was inspired by her participation in a topless march April 3 in Portland. She'd been going topless downtown and near campus for the past couple of weeks to drum up interest in the march.
Thanks to the back-to-back events and ensuing Internet buzz, Maine is fast earning a reputation as a place where women can let down their hair -- and their tops.
Not everyone is happy with the display of skin.
"Men shouldn't be half-naked in public, either," said Heidi Marshall, who held a sign that said "Tops for All" as the mass of people marched past.
And Al Thurlow cautioned that the tactic could backfire by causing towns to consider restrictive ordinances. "It's going to open up a can of worms," he said.
Simoneau, for one, had no regrets. She encouraged other women to take up the cause. And she said she wasn't going to let camera-toting men ruin her day, either.
"Unfortunately, there's no way to deal with people taking pictures for prurient interest, but I feel the best way to deal with that is to just ignore it," she said.


Excuuuuse...me..from one free thinking redneck to free thinking Yankees...are you out of your fucking mind?...Believe me..there is not one person out there that wants to look at my ole droopy tits and there is not one reason why I'd want to go topless to desensitise the public to seeing my droopy tits..You'd have to have one of those 'heart chargers' to follow me around, because them old farts would be dropping like flies. I can see it now when they bring some ole dude back to conscious, his first words would be.."Her tits....her tits...they went all the way to her belly button."

15 comments:

Twain12 said...

i seen them all lol...a lot of beaches in gemany alow to go topless :D

Jan said...

Let me get this straight: they're showing their tits, which is legal, because they want showing their tits to be "socially acceptable"? What the fuck does that mean anyway?

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

TWAIN:no one ever said no big thing to me about my tits.
JAN:my sentiments exactly..plum silly

Mom said...

I have to very careful when going topless. I might trip over one of low hanging boobs.

PENolan said...

And what a fine belly button it is, too!

I just passed the Honest Scrap award on to you for brilliant and passionate writing from the heart.
xo
Tricia

billy pilgrim said...

every time we have one of those topless deals it seems the real good looking gals don't participate.

not that i'm paying attention or anything.

Ted Amadeus said...

Damn, I was hoping for some pictures...Oh well.

rjjs8878 said...

Your droopy tits couldn’t be any worse than men with fatty man boobs and hairy backs.

texlahoma said...

I'm all for it, but I don't think it will catch on here in Biblebelt.

Intense Guy said...

If these were the babes from the winning soccer team...

More proof that Maine-rs are really Maine-iacs.

Maybe they were feeling left out of the Immigration/Arizona thingy...

Sling said...

I think I'll go to Maine,and stand in solidarity with my oppressed,half-naked sisters!
..It's my civic duty,you know.

Rainwolf said...

Yeah, don't want people confusing my nipple ring with a belly button ring. Think I'll pass.

Kulkuri said...

Saw something about this last month and thought they were a little early in the year. I guess they lucked out and had a nice day.

I'm all for freedom, let'm hang loose!!

heartinhand said...

Makes me glad I live in a part of the world where the weather kind of forces people to wear clothes. LOL! It's snowing here today. SNOWING! So much for screwing outside.

The Sports Lounge Team said...

i know its pretty serious. and they are not going to award the premierships to the teams that lost in the Grand Finals so the Eels will always have to wonder :-(