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National Topless Day Venice Beach.. Equality or Immorality?
August 25, 2010 | Venice Beach, California |
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iReport — In Venice Beach, California, over 200 women & over 50 men gathered to celebrate the 3rd Annual National Topless Day. They marched from Navy St. down the Venice boardwalk, where surprised onlookers, many tourists, got an eye full. Camera's quickly came out and cheers of encouragement were heard from the crowds that began to form.
The attention they received however, was not with out opposition. A few Christian men gathered to protest against the women's display of indecency. A heated argument ensued.. and the age old debate over "what is moral and perverse" didn't even come close to being resolved.
The group marched for gender equality... freedom for women to "Go Topless." The women want to be able to bare their breasts in the same public places as men; including, and especially at the beaches. In 1975 Venice beach was the most popular "Bare it all Beaches" in Los Angeles County. Now Public nudity is illegal at all Los Angeles county beaches.
Permits were obtained by the protesters to hold this demonstration,although the law still dictates they must cover their nipples. The women placed red tape over their nipples in an X and the men wore bikini tops to symbolize their recognition of the gender inequality.
I covered, or uncovered, this demonstration last year. I asked one of the demonstrators from last year what had changed during the coarse of the year. According to Nadine Gary, a couple of things she noted were the Christian groups protesting, and many other cities getting involved to stage their own demonstrations. 11 total throughout the U.S.
They were a happy group of topless protestors, chanting as they continued down the boardwalk.. maybe feeling a little of the freedom they so desired.
I really wonder about this whole thing.
the guys that are in the video dancing and are involved supporting the whole thing.
are they really supporting the cause for equal rights or do they just want to be able to see women's breasts??
I for one think that it can't happen.
men tend to see women's breasts as sexual desire, a bedroom only kinda deal (or when it comes to breast feeding a baby)
that's the major difference between a man that takes his shirt off and a woman that takes her shirt off.. she is seen as a sexually desired object when she reveals her breasts..
it's like if men were to start walking around without pants on showing themselves.
and the one guy is right, there are children around that don't need to see this.