Educational Piece about Topfreedom

By Paul Rapoport, Coordinator of the Topfree Equal Rights Association
Topfreedom and Top-Free Equality:
Topfreedom And Top-Free Equality- So what’s this topfree equality for girls matter? What’s its link to nudism?
Many naturists are not down for it, clearly. It’s an out-there public dilemma instead of a private campground one. Afterward there’s It ain’t bare, so it ain’t naturist.
But women’s topfreedom is in thick with naturism. It overly plans to free the body from priggish prudery. It too wants to demolish the unholy notion that skin = sin. It overly assaults the uncontrolled body phobia so beloved of politicians.
Topfree Equality
Still, we should not stand for people yelling Nude! at topfree women. Obviously, the media love to trap that word on them. What do you expect, when they use bare for almost anything less than a winter coat, including the asinine label naked evening gown?
The Topfree Equal Rights Association (TERA) was formed in 1997. Yep, we are going on 15. Our founding objective was to help girls hassled for being topfree. Ideally, we’d like to help them before they get into trouble, to avoid it!
Over time we have managed to meet every leading North American topfree activist (note – topfree not topless). All five of ’em.
Topfreedom and Topfree Equality
Only kidding. There are more, like the Rochester 7, from 1986. But the women who have chosen a long-term stand against patriarchal control of breasts are still few and literally way between. Improvement is slow.
Lately, another organization, GoTopless, has formed protests in August in favor of topfreedom. Great for them. Those happenings get the media salivating, and we need all that yakking. But GoTopless doesn’t understand legal situations. It also includes certain baggage the media do not take seriously.
Our chief co-worker in topfreedom is the Naturist Action Committee, whose Executive Director, not an attorney, can write a legal brief better than many attorneys.
The co-ordinator of TERA is a male. Oops, another credibility problem, although we don’t run into it much any more. We give out advice, help in legal issues, and encourage women: not to be topfree (’cause that is their selection) but to take steps to enable that option if they desire it, including supporting read who do.
In the early days, we heard lots of gripes against women’s topfree equality that naturists may easily envision. Here are a few, with comebacks we’ve never used (’cause we are considerate and all):
1. Breasts are sex organs!
They’re glands, ma’am, just modified sweat glands. How hot is that?
2. Girls prancing around showing their tits make guys assault them!
See that cow prancing over there? It’s gonna drive me to eat it.
3. Still, it’s not safe!
Psst, I’ll tell you a secret. Girls have brains. Enable them to use them.
4. What about the kids!
Yes, what about driving your ignorant bigotry on kids?
5. Only girls who’re hawt should let ’em out!
See no. 6 below, you sexist pig. (Note to self: drop the ’60s discussion.)
6. Only women who’re ugly should go topless!
See no. 5 above, you sexist pig. (Note to self: you neglected.)
7. Girls are different!
Got that right. That means they must not vote, go to school, get a job, or have cash. Keep ’em barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen!
Despite all that drivel, we’ve found the topfree motion being taken much more seriously even in the last five years. More girls (and men) see what it is about and what it’s not. Some of that is due to GoTopless. It is due more simply to the many girls who need control over their own breasts.
We understand that breastfeeding remains a problem in this state, because every time a woman feeds her child that way in public, some nut case is likely to hiss Obscene! But kids love breast milk. Everyone has to see them feeding that way, because it’s ordinary, natural, and essential. Pictures of breastfeeding aren’t porn. (Someone tell Facebook.) If women’s topfreeedom were possible, we’d have no problem with public breastfeeding.
So yes, what about the kids! Topfree equality is for them too, so they grow up healthy and free of breast fixation and women’s quelling.
Here’s to all those girls who get it and need to do something about it!
Topfreedom and Top-Free Equality Issues in addition to Nudistsand Naturists Top Free Blogsby -Young Nudists and Naturists website FKK
Labels: body pity, breasts, discrimination, , topfreedom and topfree equality, topless / topfree
Group: Feminism and Women’s Issues and Human Rights, Public Nudity and Being Nude In Public, Societal Activism
About the Author (Author Profile)
Guest blogs written solely for Naturist Portal.