UNITED STATES — The annual ‘GoTopless Day’ was Sunday, Aug. 23. The day of chest freedom always falls on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day, which is on Aug. 26.
“It is only logical that GoTopless Day protests (or celebrations depending on the legal status of your city) would fall around Women’s Equality Day since the right to go topless for women is based on gender equality as their right to vote once was,” gotopless.org wrote on their website.
For those who advocate ‘Free the Nipple,’ a movement that has been slowly fleshing itself out in society, Go Topless Day was the perfect reason to show exactly what they stand for.
It is already legal to be topless on Hampton Beach, but the day called for more bare chests than usual.
“I think there’s a lot of shame attached to the bare body, and I just want to bring awareness that it doesn’t have to be sexualized,” said Shawntay Grasso.
Men participated in the day, as well, with some covering their nipples with bikini tops.
“I think I look ridiculous, so I think we should have equal rights and a woman should be able to take their top off and feel comfortable,” said Nathan Surles.
However, there is some opposition to women letting it all hang out.
“My two children right now are staring at a set of boobs, which is very inappropriate,” said Jaclyn Gardner.
Jaclyn isn’t necessarily against the movement, she just doesn’t want demonstrators around her sons.
“That’s just the way society is. Women are supposed to cover themselves. They’re supposed to stay that way,” she said. “My boys aren’t supposed to see that before a certain age.”
In New York, men and women already have the legal right to expose their chests. But Mayor Bill de Blasio and others believe the body-painted women who take photos with tourists are a nuisance.