Is America ready for topless sunbathing beaches?
8/30/2013 11:58:00 AM
Is America ready for topless sunbathing beaches? Will it be good for tourism?
August 25th marked the sixth anniversary of Go Topless Day. It's always held right around Women's Equality Day, which this year marked the 93rd anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving American women the right to vote.
Celebrations and protests in favor of top-free rights were held around the world, including in over 30 U.S. cities.
Some women feel since American society has sexualized women's breasts for so many years, it's going to take much more than an annual celebration/protest to change attitudes allowing topless sunbathing, so why even bother.
Other women point out how liberating it is to be top-free, especially at beaches. And it's immaterial whether some people in society sexualize breasts or not. Going topless wherever men can be shirtless is a matter of legal equality. And the New York Supreme Court agreed with these women in 1992, making it legal to be topless in New York.
Most people don't realize, but it used to be illegal for men to be shirtless on U.S. beaches. It was felt that the sight of a man's bare chest in public was immoral, so women and children had to be protected from those "evil" bare chests.