Topless Protest Planned for Tempe, With March Down Mill Avenue

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Joseph Maddon
Last year's topless protest in Phoenix.


Topless women (and men) will be marching down Mill Avenue in Tempe in a couple of weeks.

Last year marked the first time a Phoenix-area "Go Topless Day" protest was organized, as about 40 men and women marched in downtown Phoenix in what was billed as a protest against gender inequality.

See also:
-Slideshow: Go Topless Day in Phoenix, 8/25/12

The belief is that women should have the same right as men to be bare-chested in public.

Jenna Duffy, the local "Go Topless Day" organizer, tells New Times the protest will start at the Tempe Farmers Market at 10 a.m. Sunday, August 25.

Duffy expects many more people in this year's protest because of the move to Tempe.

Laws around the country vary on the issue. In some places, including New York City, there's "top freedom" -- meaning there's no issue with bare-chested women in public.

Arizona law says it's indecent exposure if a woman "exposes the areola or nipple of her breast or breasts and another person is present, and the defendant is reckless about whether the other person, as a reasonable person, would be offended or alarmed by the act."

So, women looking to protest Arizona's law will have to cover their entire nipples with tape, to keep it legal. Men do the same, in protest of the law.

Check out photos from last year's protest on the next page.


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kobidobidog
kobidobidog topcommenter

It should be an everything less march. Bring sunblock.

:1 Corinthians 12: 23And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness."
The parts that are seen by people as being uncomely not having have any honor are seen by God as being comely worthy of honor. Religions thought  they were crafty when they hide the truth creating the legal system.

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aztoplessprotest
aztoplessprotest

The national Go Topless Day is back again for the third year in the Phoenix metro area.


This year it is on Sunday the 24th of August 2014 at 10 am.
Location the Steele Indian School Park on Indian School Road at 3rd Street in Phoenix, Arizona.
 

All are welcome to attend this Legal and Open to the public free event, your Toplessness is not required.
 

For more information e-mail; gotoplessaz@gmail.com:

Karyl Krug
Karyl Krug

It's been legal in Austin, TX, forever. So been there, done that -- there's no T-shirt. My heart is with the ladies; but having nursed a child, and being 53 years old, I keep those things to myself nowadays. Viva Hippie Hollow (before the perverts moved in), Barton Springs, Liberty Lunch, & the Armadillo WHQ. It was fun while it lasted.

Hayden Diana
Hayden Diana

Day Tip? What the heck you talking about?

Evelyn Fuller
Evelyn Fuller

LOL In the extremely liberal Eugene, Or, this is 1 protest you won't see---they have no "anti-nudity" laws there.

youdumbzombie
youdumbzombie

It would be nice if all the bros who just want to see tits stayed home tomorrow...

Lynn Smith
Lynn Smith

Damn! Less than an hour from now. Here's your opportunity to display those hard won abs of steel.

itsmedeanna
itsmedeanna

Fuck this!!! I will protest! There is a huge difference between mens' and womens' chests.

Rita Mary
Rita Mary

@Dave Demlong either you're a pig or you were there and so including your beak nosed self...

Liana Flores
Liana Flores

I agree with the inequality of the law, both men and women should be required to cover up or neither at all. I just got a great visual of the male bikini top!

Mitch Phoenix AZ
Mitch Phoenix AZ

This is not an LGBTQ issue. This isnt about rape or religion or politics or lewdness (a western thing btw) or stupidity or boredom or laziness or motherhood. This is a "why cant all people be topless at the same time" issue.

Mitch Phoenix AZ
Mitch Phoenix AZ

human rights is never a waste of time. wait until something you need/want/love/desire/crave is taken from you. I think on that day you will reflect on your statement and think negatively upon it.

Jonny Synthetic
Jonny Synthetic

Now look at the comments towards the bottom of this.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Jazus!  No one wants to see that disgusting shit.  (That is, of course, unless you are exceptionally good looking and have a hard body.  Fake boobs need not apply.)  

Ira Deaton
Ira Deaton

Mariah, It isn't about the lewdness of any naked part of a man or woman's body, It's a protest against a law that classifies a woman exposed nipples and/or aureoles as a crime (Indecent Exposure). IMO, it should not be a crime for a woman to be fully top exposed. Although Herein lies the problem, the female breast as a whole is associated by a large section of our society as sexual/erogenous/private. As for men obviously, read the bone head Beavis & Butthead comments all over this thread. Now for women, I wouldn't believe for a second if the law was abolished We'd see any significant change in women's standard clothing attire covering up their top halves (Excluding breast feeding which is a fact of human nature and is not illegal in public as well as the fact when women are done breast feeding they don't let their breast flop out for the rest of the day uncovered in public). Seems obvious many women consider their breast sexual/erogenous/private parts of the body as well. I'd approximate less than 1% of Women would go running around topless if it was legal, which furthers adds to my doubt of the true purpose of this "Protest". If you heard on the news tomorrow that it was no longer illegal for you not to not wear a top, breasts fully exposed, would you take off your shirt and bra heading out the door? Our society isn't relaxed enough for something like this to be widely accepted. The protest just seems meaningless and doesn't convey the main argument against the law with the requirement of covering up the nips/aureoles as a precondition to participate. It's symbolic in its nature at best and will attract a large number of people with the desire to see some skin which does nothing to further the goal all while distracting from the purpose of gaining more influence/support to actually change something. If this was truly about rallying against an unjust law/legislation I think they could approach it in a way to attack the law itself, in a direct manner. Then possibly it could set the right stage for some Civil Disobedience which I think should be a display of nonviolence openly breaking the law in question in a protest/march setting.

brian1086
brian1086

The law reads; "exposes the areola or nipple of her breast or breasts and another person is present, and the defendant is reckless about whether the other person, as a reasonable person, would be offended or alarmed by the act."  So if no one is present, nor offended nor alarmed, then it should be legal, right?  Like Lady Godiva riding through the streets of Coventry, she would have been totally legal…. wait a minute… there was that bastard “peeping Tom” who quite ironically we get the expression peeping Tom from.  He was present and probably alarmed.  Lady Godiva would have been busted in AZ all because of him.  So word of advice  DON’T BE ALARMED OR OFFENDED EVERYONE!!!

Wyane Biggs
Wyane Biggs

Protest" a law, by very neatly following the law in question to its Exact Letter

Wyane Biggs
Wyane Biggs

I noticed that your comment was one of the few that were intelligent,to bad the NewTimes reader ship is mostly fucking retards liking comments about areolas and shit.

Mariah DeRaet
Mariah DeRaet

This is about a woman's nipples being no more lewd than a man's. Has nothing to do with rape.

Greg ßennẹtt
Greg ßennẹtt

seems like we're top in the nation for just about everything..

Ira Deaton
Ira Deaton

We are going to "Protest" a law, by very neatly following the law in question to its Exact Letter. Next lets act like this isn't purely an attention grabbing event, then likely complain about the negative sexual responses that this will (obviously) garner. It will surely gain us our dignity (back?).

Mariah DeRaet
Mariah DeRaet

All of these comments are disgusting. They're protesting the very objectification that's present in this thread.

Luka Bleu
Luka Bleu

You can bet the only women that will be marching are old cows w/ saggy utters...lol

John Hiett
John Hiett

Topless bars will lose some tips on this day ;)

Sophie Corona
Sophie Corona

waste of time. Go protest for something that can make a difference. Stupid bored people!!!

Raymond Tucker
Raymond Tucker

I forget where it was, but I remember hearing about one of these protests where the protesters got mad because a bunch of guys came out to see tits and started taking pictures and stuff.

pyrodice
pyrodice

@Dave Demlong If they spread the word better at ASU this year, there will be!

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@brian1086  

The problem is the inclusion of the "reasonable person" standard.  It is not whether or not anyone is offended or alarmed; but rather, would a "reasonable person" under the same circumstances by offended.  Otherwise you are fine.

pyrodice
pyrodice

@Wyane Biggs Pushing it to within a millimeter of its limits, anyways.

Say, did they mention if the covering had to be opaque?

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