Topless March in Maine

Interesting march of topless women happened in Maine.  It is more interesting to check out all of the comments posted below the article as well.  Here is the link for the article and comments:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100404/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_topless_march;_ylt=ApeW2rc6pkbsmu_dISki7oXtiBIF;_ylu=X3oDMTJsZHM4ajI1BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwNDA0L3VzX29kZF90b3BsZXNzX21hcmNoBGNwb3MDMQRwb3MDMQRzZWMDeW5fdG9wX3N0b3J5BHNsawNlcXVhbHRpbWV3b20-

or you can read the article here:

Equal time: Women hold topless march in Maine

Sun Apr 4, 1:17 pm ET

PORTLAND, Maine – About two dozen women drew a crowd of onlookers when they shed their shirts and marched downtown in Maine’s largest city to promote what they call equal-opportunity public toplessness.

Organizer Ty MacDowell said the point of Saturday’s march in Portland was that a topless woman out in public shouldn’t attract any more attention than a man who walks around without a shirt.

The Portland Press Herald reports that by the end of the march, more than 500 people had amassed — a mix of marchers, young men snapping photos, oglers and people just out enjoying a sunny, warm day.

It’s not illegal for a woman to be topless in public in Maine, and police said there were no incidents or arrests.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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12 responses to “Topless March in Maine

  1. independant thinker

    I am a guy. I live in the country and go shirtless whenever the weather permits. I would have no problem with either women going topless or a law requiring the same amount of coverage for both men and women as long as it was enforced equaly

    • I think that a lot of people might feel this way, but the problem is that boobs have been genitalized (I coined a new word:), and because of that it is “irreligious” for women to show their boobs. The fact that it is socially acceptable for men to go topless but not for women is, for lack of a better word, STUPID. But bring religion into it, and it makes sense to the masses. Eesh!

  2. If either males or females desire to go topless in public let them express their exhibitionistic tendencies at home (in private) or at naturist camp or nude beaches where such is expected and welcomed. Neither sex deserves the right to go topless in mainstream society where their behavior is not welcome for many reasons.

  3. I am a man that has only bared my chest while swimming as a child- never had the need to bare my chest in any public situation for nearly 60 years.Never wore shorts for that matter since I started dressing myself.It WILL fly. Exhibitionism should be saved for the company of other exhibitionists and not forced upon the general public who might not welcome it. What it really comes down to is where do your rights to go topless end and my rights to walk fully clothed in public , unassailed by the company of topless persons whose presence I find disturbing start. Who will be accomodated first. Common sense dictates that unnecessary public toplessness or even bottomlessness should be reserved for appropriate venues of which there are many possibilities for those inclined to take part in. These would include nudist camps, nude beaches,
    strip clubs, life drawing classes and regulated photo shoots, etc. Toplessness for both sexes is allowable in ones private home without impinging on the rights of others anytime.

  4. Somewhere along the way boobs became sexualized, and, thus, taboo to bare in public. I think the best way for us to try to gain the freedom to go topless in public is to try to do it in small increments. Marches and protests aren’t exactly subtle. I don’t have the solution, but I’d love to have the freedom to go topless.

  5. I love breasts- female breasts of all types- you have the freedom to go topless or more anytime you like at my place as long as we are in private- in a non-sexual context of course. Alternatively you can always go topless in public at sanctioned public
    places where nudity is appreciated and encouraged.

  6. Bob, your comments seem to acknowledge that breasts are sexual. If not, then no one would be uncomfortable seeing them in public. True, I can go topless in private, but why shouldn’t I have the right to go topless whenever I choose. Again, if breasts weren’t sexualized by our culture then it wouldn’t matter. As harmless as the outline of a nipple showing through a shirt can cause hysteria in some folks. I have no hope that breasts will ever become de-sexualized so this issue will be debated for an eternity.

  7. Suzanne, “desexualizing” the female breast is probably a hopeless cause because basic biology and our culture as well define the breasts as being
    sexual organs. Although a secondary sexual characteristic, they are a primary erogenous zone and their sexual connotations cannot be denied. The female breast has been accepted as being characteristic of sexuality and fertility since about 22,000 years ago (Venus of Willendorf and Venus of Laussel sculptures)and is currently marketed as such on an extremely wide and profitable scale- as seen in our current media and in “Men’s Magazines” everywhere. If it’s any consolation, I’ve found that women can and do respond to the male breast as a sexual appurtenance as well . Perhaps the solution is not desexualizing the female breast- but rather sexualizing the male breast as well? Go get ‘em ladies!

  8. Bob–you are right about breasts being a secondary sexual characteristic; however, breasts are not sexual organs any more than other secondary sexual characteristics such as men’s facial hair.

    I think the issue here, for me, is that the “hysteria over the outline of a nipple through a t-shirt” that Suzanne talks about in her comment is juxtaposed with the overexposed sexualization of the breast in the media. On one hand, breasts should be covered up, they should be modestly kept under clothing, while on the other hand, they are used to sell everything from music to televisions to vehicles to alcohol.

    In my opinion, it sends a confusing message to women in society.

  9. First I’d like to say that there is a qualitative inherent sexual connotation to female breasts that is simply unavoidable. Unlike facial hair they are a
    primary erogenous zone that both give and receive
    sexual pleasure as well as signal sexual receptivity.
    Perhaps this contributes to their endlessly, almost abusive use in the media and marketing. Just because these profiteers have discovered their utility in shaping behavior and increasing revenue does not make such exploitation right, correct or even acceptable.

  10. I’ve tried to think of my breasts as merely body parts that happen to feed babies. I’ve tried to de-emphasize, de-sexualize, and downplay them. My breasts lie in their natural position, unsupported and free. Having said this, there are times when I almost give in to cultural pressures and consider buying a Womderbra!

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