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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Topless is Legal in Portland, Maine

Hubby is really bummed.  There was a topless protest march in downtown Portland this weekend, and he missed it.! 

A dozen or so women and a few men walked down Congress Street in Portland, Maine, topless, bearing their taa-taas to protest the double standard that exists in our society.  Men can take off their shirst on the streets, on the beach, and no one cares.  If women do the same, people tend to get their panties all in a bunch.

The goal of Go Topless (the group behind this type of demonstration) is to get society to accept the sight of a woman bare to the waist the same way they do men.  In this city, it's not illegal to let the girls out;  the law only restricts the airing of hoo hahs and men's junk.  Their hope is that eventually, if a woman wants to remove her shirt on a hot day, or she wants to nurse her baby in public, those actions will not attract attention--they'll be ho-hum, run of the mill, normal.


Guess you had to be there if you wanted frontal views........
 
There were a few men who strolled topless with the ladies in a show of support;  or maybe to support the ladies' lack of support?


Ho-hum was not the reaction Saturday, however; hundreds of men armed with cell phones and cameras were snapping away, as though they had never seen a bare breast.  Police stood by, trying to keep order.  One officer said that because the demonstrators had not filed for a permit, they had to keep to the sidewalks.  The streets would have been closed of if they had requested permission to stage a march, rather than a stroll, which might have made for less traffic congestion.


From the newspaper write-ups about the event, I guess some of the "strollers" had good points; some were just not as salient.  The weather was in the low 70's that day, with a bit of a breeze; you might say it got downright nippy!  The group hopes to stage additional events through the summer, including on Augest 23, which is the official Go Topless Day.

 I guess I have no objection to women going topless, as long as they don't expect me to turn the girls loose!  Trust me, that would be a real downer!






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33 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I am definitely moving to Portland!

Marla said...

I would have been tripping all over myself....literally.

hummer said...

Okay I am sorry this had me ROFL Don't you mean 'a bit nipply'...the famed Chevy Chase comment.

Unknown Mami said...

Well maybe your could wear a supportive bra with breasts painted on them in solidarity.

25BAR said...

topless is the way forward. don't you have any photos shot from the front? they did a *protest* to highlight the double standards that exist in society.. give them their full due!

Brian Miller said...

i cant beleive i missed being born on go topless day by one day...more power to them for putting up with the guys with cameras...

From the Kitchen said...

Hello. I'm new to your blog. I think Maine must be the new California!! I'll be back to "visit" soon.

Best,
Bonnie

DJan said...

I think this is a great step forward in equality. But boy they sure feel better when restrained! Forget jogging or dancing, for most of us anyway!

Bossy Betty said...

Gotta love Portland. Last time we were there the pirates were parading.

Elly Lou said...

I'm with them! In theory. In reality, just reading that made my boobs hurt.

Alyssa said...

Too funny! I am definitely NOT moving to Portland. Heck, I'm not even visiting Portland. In August.

I guess Maine is a whole lot more liberal/progressive than we are here.

Question: does that apply to female police officers too? Seriously, how can she handcuff a criminal, say "you're under arrest" with no one laughing?

jules said...

The thing is, I have NO desire to bare my chest in public. Why would you want to?

lakeviewer said...

I didn't know so many liberated women lived in Maine.

Steven Anthony said...

men, women, I think we should all just keep our clothes on...the world is much pretier that way...lol

kbxmas said...

Thank you, I needed a laugh today. This was great.

Canadian Blend said...

"A dozen or so women..." ??

The reporter doesn't know how many? All you have to do is count the breasts and divide by two.

Writing Without Periods! said...

I'm definitely NOT moving to Portland. Topless and me: A lot of tripping if you know what I mean.
Mary

ethelmaepotter! said...

So, I guess Hubby will out there, front and center, on August 23, huh? If my Fred gets wind of it, he'll book a flight, get his eyes checked and purchase new glasses, brush the dust of the old binoculars, and stake his place on the sidewalk two days early!

*LLUVIA* said...

LOL!

Good for them! I too, would not let the dogs out! LOL!

natalee said...

lol!!!!!! i wouldnt relese mine either..lol!!!!

Laura said...

Hummer, thats the exact line that came crashing into my head too! LOL

This post was hilarious!

I thought I was the only person who used the words "hoo hah"!

Eva Gallant said...

Laura: Hope I didn't steal the phrase from you...don't think so. I've been using it for some time.

Writing: Unfortunately, I know EXACTLY what you mean!

Canadian: I'll bet your math skills would be limited in the face of such a dilemma! lol

Steven: At least all of us who are over 40! lol

Jules: It's the heat--that global warming thing!

Elly: Ah, take an aspirin and live dangerously.

25Bar: I didn't take the photos; the local tv station did!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

I would be totally grossed out by those men taking pictures and ogling me. I understand the protest but it just looks like a big show for perverts.

carma said...

seems very liberating, but the temp would need to be above 80 for me to partake :D

Deb said...

They're aliens. This is from the GoTopless website:

"...GoTopless was founded by the Raelian Movement, which recognizes that life on Earth was created by advanced extraterrestrial scientists. These scientists, both male and female, used their mastery of genetic engineering to create humans in their own image (breasts included!)..."

More proof that boobs walk among us.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Hey if they want to drag them down the sidewalk power to them.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Oh good lord. What a hoot!
xo

My name is PJ. said...

If we were all running around naked, there would be some group demonstrating for the right to wear clothing.

It's lovely that people put so much effort into this, but imagine if they put that same effort into making a difference for animals or children or the environment or battered women or finding a cure for any number of diseases.....


I think they never got enough attention when they were kids. :)

Tam said...

Hilarious, Eva! Topless Latte stands are all the rage out here in the PNW...tell your hub to head back to Seattle 'cause now we have lingerie latte stands, too. Thongs and all. It makes me crazy. I should adopt a more humorous attitude, I guess...

Poetic Shutterbug said...

I can barely type, I'm laughing too much :D That is a usual sight here. Although here it is so normal that people don't even acknowledge it so guys snapping photos, you wouldn't even see :D

Eva Gallant said...

Deb:I read that....really weird!!

Brenda said...

Great, entertaining post. People from Maine always come up with something interesting to protest about.

Visiting from BPOTW

Anonymous said...

Next time they march topless I'm going to be there in my bare chest. My husband likes the idea of other men staring at my bare chest.

Jeanne