If you see a lot of bare boobs or men in bikini tops this Sunday, do not be alarmed. August 22 is just National Go Topless Day.
For the past three years, GoTopless has been holding protests where the men wear bikini tops and then women wear nothing, save for a couple strategically placed stickers.
The idea came from the Raelian Movement, a religion that believes that life on Earth comes from alien scientists and that these scientists created males and females in their own image. Spiritual leader Maitreya Rael, who founded GoTopless.org, states on the website:
"As long as men can be topless, constitutionally women should have the same right, or men should also be forced to wear something hiding their chest."
OK, then. I agree with the basic sentiment, but I will not be going topless and here's why:
I'm modest. I breastfed my daughter for one year and my son for two-plus (still going!), but have never nursed without a cover in front of a man other than my husband. I just prefer to be covered up when nursing in front of men.
I have also never flashed my breasts on a dare or to get beads at Mardi Gras or really for any reason at all. I tend to like to stay covered. I have been to nude beaches and happily participated. I love to be nude at home, spending much of my day that way when the kids aren't around, but I'm not into making a spectacle of my breasts.
Mostly, I'm not into giving men what they want.
I have the idea that the men who "care" about this movement only do so because they want to see boobs. I doubt they would have given the same attention to women's equality when it was abortion rights or equal pay or voting rights on the line.
No way. I think these men like boobies, plain and simple. And there's nothing wrong with that, but I'm not going to parade around topless for "equal rights" while giving men a show. That isn't for me.
Does this make me a prude? I don't think so. There is a difference between modesty and being a prude. I couldn't care less if every other woman in the world wants to rip open her bodice and put her mammaries on display. It should be legal to do so.
But please count me out.
Will you participate in the festivities?
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