DOZENS of women have walked topless through downtown Portland, in the US state of Maine, in order to bring attention to what they claim is a double standard when it comes to the public display of upper torsos.
Event organiser, Ty MacDowell, told myFOXmaine.com she set up Saturday's event - with a police escort - because she could.
Maine's nudity laws only apply to exposed genitals.
Ms MacDowell said she was surprised by the number of men who showed up with cameras.
"I'm really upset by the men... all the men that are here, just like watching it like it's a parade," she said.
"We should be able to walk down the street and not have this many men taking pictures of us," a participant shouted.
Some bystanders said they were upset at the spectacle on a sunny weekend in the historic city centre, saying children were present.
The walk went off without any problems and organisers said they expect to plan similar events in the future.
When you get a group of people to march down a street doing something not normally seen everyday, and it's a bunch of women marching down the street showing off their boobs..... and so much attention was brought to them doing this which was the whole point in doing this in the first place.... exactly wtf did they expect would happen?
"We should be able to walk down the street and not have this many men taking pictures of us,"
Sure fine.... do it then.... individually.... when you get a group of women together to make a spectacle over something, be that just attention to yourselves or attention to a cause, by all walking as a group topless..... you invite all sorts of attention.
And the same thing would happen if it was a bunch of guys walking down a street in a group, exposing their chests and/or other body parts..... there'd be all kinds of women there taking pictures and hoot'n & whistling like it was a Chip'n'Dale Marathon.
"I'm really upset by the men.... all the men that are here, just like watching it like it's a parade,"
Well yeah.... if you have a police escort leading the way, getting everybody's attention.... it'd sure look like a parade.
And really, there's not much difference between a marching protest and a parade, except maybe one group is more angry over the other.
It's the same thing I see towards the Gay Pride Parades..... they're parades, but they're also a form of protest..... with a bit of a catch 22.
Many homosexuals want to be treated equally and not given more attention over the next person.... that they're no different.
Ok..... then why have huge parades to shove your homosexuality and being different in everybody's face? I don't shove my hetro in everybody's face or the lifestyles I chose.
Treat it normally like everything else, and everybody else might treat them normally too.
Same thing for this..... if you want to change this "double standard" towards public nudity between men and women, then go out and live your life normally doing what you believe.... shop, walk, hop on the bus topless if you want.
But getting a group of people together to all do the exact same thing, whether you call it a parade or protest, with police escort on top of that.... all you're doing is saying "HEY LOOK AT US!" ~ So don't complain when some of the looks you get are looks you don't like.