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“For each of the past 10 years, GoTopless.org has held annual Go Topless Day events on August 26,” begins yesterday’s press release from the group, “to honor Women’s Equality Day—commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment. This year, Go Topless Day falls precisely on Women’s Equality Day!”

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“It is indeed on August 26, 1920 that women earned the right to vote in America on the basis of ‘gender equality.’” Or words to that effect …

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“In 1971, the U.S. Congress made August 26th into a nationally recognized date and named it Women’s Equality Day,” explains GoTopless.org’s president Nadine Gary. “The president of the United States is summoned to commemorate this date each year.”

He didn’t show—unlike the group’s ravishing redhead Rachel Jessee

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… but then, we’ve already heard he prefers to “grab ’em by the pussy.”  

“We hope the President will find this cause one that he can truly support,” says the other president, Ms. Gary. “Trump hasn’t tweeted this out, but he has a beautiful First Lady and daughter and it would be nice to own up to their bodies and femininity.”  

As Nadine has: “All our woman participants will bring their peaceful and joyful determination to be respected as a human being and not to be discriminated against because of the size of their breasts.” An area in which Madam President Gary X•cels!

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Wikipedia defines the day thusly: “Go Topless Day is variously known as International Go Topless Day or, in the States, National Go Topless Day.” One size fits all …

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“The Go Topless campaign runs much deeper than a little nipple show,” Nadine Gary makes clear. “It rattles an obsolete social system that needs to be overcome for ‘the new human being’ to emerge and a peaceful world along with it.”  

And it’s emerged that “at least 19 events were held in the USA and 40 events worldwide” to mark the day. With Italy—in four separate cities—leading the way:

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Lovely Lake Garda is perhaps the most picturesque.

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Its World War II ally has also advanced to the front … as Freiburg, Germany generously takes our minds off the recent revival of neo-Nazis.

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“The list of cities worldwide where Go Topless rallies will take place is growing every year,” proclaims Ms. Gary. “Each city brings its own color in the topless panorama.” Yet only Geneva, Switzerland can boast of being the European hub of the United Nations!

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And in terms of topless tanning, Europe has long been much more free than here.

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Though America remains the Land of Liberty for the world’s huddled masses

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… so count your blessings that we still prefer our women uncovered.

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Bravely, even some Muslim ladies are openly rebelling of late. “By imposing a top on women, western societies are no different from those forcing women to wear a veil or burka,” announces Arab activist Maryline Canin (below left).

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“And the only way to end this control over women’s bodies is to once and for all end this inequality in the right to be topless (above right). The correct dress code expected of women remains: not too covered and not too bare.”  

“On Saturday, August 26,” declares GoTopless.org, “people in cities around the world are invited to stand up for a woman’s right to go topless in public.” And left

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Not surprisingly, the above scene was seen on the streets of New York—one of only 16 U.S. cities that allow women to bare their breasts in public, as depicted on the group’s ‘BoobMap 2017’:

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The only one in Texas is its state capital, Austin

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… which might explain why it avoided the brunt of today’s Hurricane Harvey. Which, on ominous overhead weather maps, did look a bit like a bare boobie!

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As usual, midtown Manhattan was the center of the storm for this afternoon’s activities …

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… even if this shirtless dude found his phone more pleasing to the ‘eye’ than his her•icane!

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“The many thousands of women supporting the Go Topless movement are unifying,” said a spokesman last night, “and will defy again on Saturday and every year until they are granted equal topless rights.” Sleuth sees it as a fitting symbol of solidarity

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Of course, not all topless women are equal—which makes the Manhattan march’s inclusion of all shapes, sizes, hues and hair colors so tree•mendous:

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“The push for women to go topless in the 21st century is as strong as women wanting to vote in the 20th century,” insists movement founder Nadine Gary. “It may be sensual, but it’s not illegal to be sensual.” Here, here!

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It’s also ironic that on the same day women march for equal exposure rights, the world’s attention will be turned to two topless men—Colin McGregor and Floyd Mayweather—who’ll generate no arrests, zero stares … and hundreds of millions in revenue!

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“Men and women have nipples,” read a sign in today’s NYC parade. “Why should women hide theirs?” See any dis•pair•ity?

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A speaker demanded legislators “strike down all laws in states that prohibit women from showing their areolae and nipples in public wherever men can” …

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…not to mention blue hair, tattoos and unshaven underarms—no doubt in honor of our previous post on Armpits4August!

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“The events not only encourage women to go topless in public,” Wikipedia notes, “but also men to cover their chests by wearing brassieres or bikinis.” X marks the spot.

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Why even coeds in Carolina {Asheville, NC} took to the streets to beat the heat!

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Washington, DC native Sleuth thinks it’s a Capitol idea …

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… since it’s been legal for women to go topless in his hometown for over three decades!

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So stare at this one decade demo instead:  

 

To honor the 10th, he’ll spend the next 10 days uncovering Go Topless Day and its offshoot, Free the Nipple.