August 26, 2012. I saw an
article in the newspaper where the town of Asbury Park, NJ denied women the
right to go topless at one of their beaches. Checking further I ran across
a website called gotopless.org which planned a rally in New York City on August 26th;
which is also the anniversary
of Women's Equality Day. This information led to my visiting Bryant Park in New
The event started at noon and there
were more cameras at the park than I have ever seen in one place. The go
topless leader drew a huge crowd.
Shortly after noon, other topless females joined the
group. One guy wore a bra in solidarity (he was the only male at the park
wearing a bra !).
After a few short remarks and thousands of
photographs later, the women moved the rally along the streets of Manhattan
toward Times Square. Using a megaphone the leader kept chanting:
"Free your breasts, free your mind" and all the photographers said: "right on".
Looking for a height advantage, many photographers
stood on objects along the street and on building supports. (pointing to
the guy in the photo at the far right, one of the other photographers said:
"he must be a high society wedding photographer" ?).
Being in New York City one expects to see unusual
people: 1. The profit of doom was following the topless girls
religiously, 2. Tonto (with drum but no sign) must be advertising underwear, 3.
the statue of liberty was for hire (have your picture taken with the Statue of
Liberty), 4. a cheerleader was handing out brochures to a Broadway show,
5. a man, whose face became artwork, was displaying his unique tattoos', 6.
two guys, lacking a gym, were working out using a street sign.
Well, the women finally arrived at the heart of
Times Square to a huge crowd of supporters.
What's this? In the middle of a topless
event, a fully clothed female drawing attention. Very pretty indeed !!
Another what's this: a young photographer asked
the leader to pose with a flip-flop on her right breast ??
At this point, I took a lunch break and
later rejoined the rally at Bryant Park which was still going strong.
A guitar musician showed up and the girls started
It occurred to me that '3 of a kind does beat a
Seriously, could there ever be a better
photo ad for Poland Spring water?
A young woman, testing the waters with 'timid
nipple syndrome' tried her best. Maybe next year.
I admit to not knowing jewelry, but this woman
had what looked like a Star of David with a Swastika inside???
According to the website gotopless.org, the
following cities have been "topless tested":
NC, Austin, TX, Boulder, CO,
Columbus, OH, Eugene, OR, Honolulu, HI,
Keene, NH, Key West, FL at Fantasy Fest,
Madison, WI, New Orleans, LA, at Mardi
Portland, Or, Santa Fe, NM, South Miami
Beach, FL (on the beach) and Washington,
A most unusual event. The women were
serious, and a large number of people were made aware of their cause.