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OCEAN CITY, Md. — This coming summer, Chelsea Covington plans to hit the beach topless.
She’s is not an exhibitionist or a nudist. Instead, she believes in normalizing the female body and has traveled throughout the mid-Atlantic, blogging about her interactions with people along the way.
She has taken photos at the Washington Monument, biked along trails in Philadelphia and visited beaches in New Hampshire, Assateague Island and Ocean City.
The 27-year-old from Maryland’s Eastern Shore advocates for “topfreedom,” the belief that women have the same rights as men to not be obligated by laws cover their chests.
I just received an E-mail from a female Marylander which opened with, “Hello… today I saw the OC Coastal Dispatch article regarding [topfreedom] and it mentioned you…”
And I was like… the what??
Because that’s one of my local papers!
And then I was like, well that would explain the blog metrics today🙂
Sure enough, Shaun Soper (who I have always respected as a professional journalist, and still do) of the Coastal Dispatch wrote a factual, non-sensational, accurate article about the Attorney General of Maryland’s pending opinion regarding the legality and constitutionality of female bare-chestedness and equal protection.
So… for all of you Ocean City/Eastern Shore residents visiting my blog for the first time as a result of Mr. Soper’s article, welcome! Thank you for stopping by.
Source: The Maryland Topfreedom Conversation (Hi, neighbors!)
curato’s note positive, constructive, non confrontational engagement can lead to positive results from those in power.
The last two days were chilly, windy; the days before were those things and rainy, too. But Tuesday? Tuesday, improbably, the temperature got up to 80 degrees, and the sun shone down like a memory.
Carpe diem, they say — and carpe we did, with both hands. Only a few of us made it out to Central Park at lunchtime, but those who could did, and enjoyed cupcakes from Magnolia,
Source: A Last Touch of Sun
I started this piece as a reply to the evolution comment thread under my Live (Top)free or Die article, but decided just to post it as its own article since I haven’t been posting during this election season.
(I’m fine, for those that have written to ask if my absence implied anything bad. While I am very personally busy with some great projects, I am happy and healthy. Thank you for asking. I have been out and about bare-chested and have been working quite hard on some legal conversations in Maryland, Rhode Island and Delaware. I’ve been laying low because I feel like the tone of the national conversation regarding sexual assault right now has created an environment in which it is very difficult to have quiet, meaningful conversations about equality. To those outside the U.S., suffice to say, the collective social anxiety leading up to this election is palpable and wide-spread and as I have repeated throughout my blog, you really can’t make headway with someone who is in mid-brain panic, and right now, the whole country feels like it is in a mid-brain panic, so I’m letting everything settle down until I come back with any regularity. Please be patient. Just a couple weeks to go hopefully.)
Source: The Evolution of Breasts: does it matter?
curator’s note :phenomenal example of intersectional awareness
Well, it’s true: we do want to change the world. Just like John Lennon wrote.
We want people to see women’s bodies the same way they see men’s: neutrally, as objects in the world, objects of beauty some of the time, objects of simple utility other times, in either event deserving of respect and fair treatment. The way we set out to achieve this is by going out in the world and using our bodies in a wide variety of ways, and doing it unclothed to the same extent men have been doing for ages, and hoping that repeated exposure to the sight will cure people of whatever concerns or anxiety or fear or prejudices they might have.
Most of the time this involves sitting in the park reading books — we are a book club, after all. But when Adam Benedetto of Loudest Yeller Bicycle Tours approached us to suggest a topless bicycle tour of literary and historical sites in downtown Manhattan, we jumped at the chance.
Source: You Say You Want a Revolution?
A few dozen women, and some men, went topless Sunday afternoon as they walked down Broadway in New York City. It was part of GoTopless Day, which calls for women to have as much right as men to be bare-chested in public.READ MORE: Women in US plan to go topless in push for equalityThe march was led by some women carrying a banner, followed by others in a convertible, with the top down, of course. Coming up at the end was a pair of giant inflatable breasts. Onlookers gawked and took photos as the parade participants went by.It’s been legal to be bare-breasted in New York since 1992.The event in New York City was one of several planned for cities across the globe. Gatherings were planned in New Hampshire, Los Angeles and more
Why should the men in this picture be allowed to be topless in public but not the women? In fact, the women in this picture were allowed to be topless in public one Sunday in August 2014 during the demonstration at Mont-Royal in support of topless equal rights for women. Sylvie Chabot (centre, in white jeans) leads a march around the George-Etienne Monument on Mont-Royal as part of a Go Topless demonstration. (Photo by Jillian Page exclusively for jillianpage.com.)
Topless Parade’ participant gets punched in throat by leering man
The attack unfolded at the corner of 47th Street and Second Avenue, after the near-nude woman spat in the man’s face following an inappropriate comment, witnesses said.
When the man, clad in a checkered red shirt, tailed and eventually confronted her, the woman spat in his face again, according to bystanders. He then clocked the exposed co-ed in the throat and shoved her before police closed in on the duo.
Both were cuffed and led away from the rally, where only about 50 women and men bared their breasts to expose the lack of “equal topless rights for all.”
The lack of support did not go unnoticed by those who opted to doff their tops — many taking part in the rally noted the crowds were mostly made of up gawking men and creeps with cameras.
read more – Source: New York Post
curator’s note The newspaper’s coverage is equally detaining in the way the parade participants are described.