Go Topless Day in Phoenix, 8/25/12

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Topless women took to the streets in downtown Phoenix on Sunday as part of a protest against gender inequality.

"Go Topless Day" apparently exists on an international level, in an effort to make laws about showing woman-boobs and man-boobs the same.

If guys can walk down the street "topless," then Phoenix "Go Topless Day" organizer Jenna Duffy tells New Times women should be able to do it too. Read the full story about Go Topless Day.

Photos by Joseph Maddon.

Published on August 26, 2012

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gotopless
gotopless

It is back, Larger and more fun then last year.  

Go Topless, In The Valley of the Sun is back for the second year in a row.  

Starting at 09:00 am. on Sunday the 25th of August 2013.  

Tempe’s Farmer’s Market located at 805 South Farmer Avenue, 85281. Found at University Dr. just west of Mill Ave.  

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

 For further information email: gotoplessaz@gmail.com.

kimberlyw1979
kimberlyw1979

With the amount of ignorance that exists in the world, I've had to grow somewhat accustomed to it, but every once in a while I come across a level of stupidity that exceeds far beyond the norm and this is a perfect example. While you persist in your self-righteous, indignant tone for a valid argument, you've consistently been given them and yet you offer nothing intelligent to counter all of these replies. Do you think it's an accident that you have not one comment in support of your absurd ideology? The fact is that female breasts are a sexual body part and should not be exposed in public. Women should not run around with their tits hanging out just as men should not run around with their dicks hanging out. Your comments are both arrogant and contradictory in nature. On one hand you say that there's no difference between men and women baring their breasts and that men should be able to control themselves and on the other hand, you say that the fatass photographer who snapped the shot of you topless probably had to go jack off somewhere due to his inability to maintain himself. In your efforts to present yourself as an intelligent, strong-minded woman trying to validate this utter tripe, you've instead managed to come off as a mindless, egotistical twit. You actually stated that women are going to receive unwanted sexual attention and/or be victimized by rape whether they are clothed or not. Surely you're aware of how ludicrous that sounds. While it is true that rape will continue to be perpetrated by sexual deviants, it would increase tenfold if women were to run around topless.
I'm a 33 year old woman. I'm also a liberal and I'm all for equal rights, but your argument is ridiculous and the vast majority of both men and women tend to agree.

francisco
francisco

Women want to go topless. Who the 10 women? Go Topless but when you get hit on by every woman and every man or you get a comment you dont like dont go crying or try to sue someone. What about kids? Do you think that I want my daughter or son to see boobs everywhere? You people are the same ones that complain about everything thats wrong with society and do everything to make it get worse. This is so stupid that I had to write a comment. I mean if you want to take it off take it off. As for guys that walk around with out shirts. I would think he does it around his house or while he goes swimming but there are some that walk around but those people just dont care and I would consider them trashy for doing it. What are you gonna do if you go to eat or shop or have to go the doctors. But all in all its the children it will affect in the long run stop being so selfish.

jmduffy222
jmduffy222

I haven't seen one valid argument as to why women shouldn't be allowed to go topless...how typical of the men use their go to argument tool-INSULTS! Get out of third grade boys! Cutting down a woman's self-esteem doesn't make you smarter or better, it makes you guys childish.

Sindi
Sindi

Would be nice if men weren't so obsessed by a woman's breasts.  Until then we have to keep them covered. We were given breasts to feed our children and not for men's enjoyment. 

If Eve had not eaten the apple we all would be able to run around without any clothing.  It was the devil's doing.

rfurcini
rfurcini

 @wtf... 

I am a heterosexual man as well and you do sound like an idiot.  You ought to try to consider the perspective of rights from the opposite gender's side. All they want is te same option to have a top off without breaking the law. It has nothing to do with gender or attracting attention. Your prepubescent mentality towards women is really the problem here. It's time to grow up and change your perspective on gender equality.

wtf...
wtf...

THis is ridiculous, why do women want to show their boobs now? if all women start showing their boobs then we'll get so used to see them it won't be fun.... leave it to a guy's imagination, it's fucking awesome not knowing what they look like in real until you get that special chance...leave it for me to discover.....! don't fucking spoil one of women best hidden secrets

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

 @jmduffy222 Rape?  Unwanted sexual attention? Are those not valid arguments?  Like it or not, breasts have sexual connotations in modern society and there are men who will have a hard time controlling their natural urges.  Why do you think strip clubs have so many bouncers?

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

 @Sindi Men will always be obsessed with women's breasts because they are one of the most basic differences between men and women.  No amount of exposure will change that fact, men will just ignore the ones they don't find attractive and spend more time staring at the ones they do find attractive.

jmduffy222
jmduffy222

 @Sindi We believe the obsession will go away when baring our breasts isn't so taboo

xlyinia
xlyinia

 @wtf...

 You do realize that your statement makes you sound like a complete jerk who believes women's breasts belong to HIM.  Sir, they are on OUR bodies we can do whatever we want with them.  The fact that you assign their usefulness to YOU is gross. Seriously "leave it for me to discover"?  Really?  They are only "hidden secrets" becasue men like you have forced us to cover them up and have shame over them for centuries.  It is a brave new world sir, perhaps you should wake up to it.

jmduffy222
jmduffy222

 @maxonepercent Nope, it would be valid if clothed women were never raped, but countries with the strictest dress codes have rampant rape. Unwanted sexual attention is a male problem and I don't think females should have to dress a certain way because men can't control themselves. Those men, who can't control their urges, look for victims where there is opportunity. I doubt a woman would walk down a deserted street in the middle of the night topless, because of course there is a risk. But a fully clothed woman is just as vulnerable in the same situation. The leg was sexualized in the early 1900's, and was punishable by jail time  if a woman were to show her legs, even at the beach. Now we wear shorts and nobody says anything. Strip clubs are a place where women are sexualizing themselves, a girl walking down the street or at the beach is not being a normal person is not. The fact that men would see them as sexual objects (assuming they were minding their own business), is a man's problem. So, valid argument please?

garymoore1985
garymoore1985

@jmduffy222 @wtf... Guys having fun, in their sexual way, & women having fun, in their political way, is a great thing. Don't you agree, Jenna?

wtf...
wtf...

 @xlyinia  @wtf... REALLY???? wth???  you must be one of those girls in the pictures because your answers are RIDICULOUS. I"m only giving you my point of view as a man..you call me a complete jerk because i think women's breast are beautiful? ... just what do you gain from showing your boobs? inequality? is that all you can do to gain inequality? 

 

I wanted to be respectful to you but now I demand to see your boobs now!! show 'em to me..

 

jrbobdobbs
jrbobdobbs

 @xlyinia   Shut the F up. Yours are probably saggy anyway. No one wants to see them.

aztoplessprotest
aztoplessprotest

Keep in mind that exhibitionism is an act of exposing oneself for sexual pleasure, which is not what we're about. Men walk down the street topless, who cares right? Women do it, they're sexual perverts...we'd kind of like society to get over that notion.

jmduffy222
jmduffy222

 @maxonepercent  @poophead.live I'm far from naive, just unmoved. We're not exhibitionists, exhibitionists flaunt themselves for perverse reasons, I assure you mine are strictly for equality, of course you can't see past my tits to see the human being that is tired of women being treated like second class citizens, like sexual objects, like nothing, like children who get to be told what to do all the time. So bared breasts are damaging to the very moral fabric of our society? Then the answer is simple, make men wear bikini tops or tape over their nipples, as a law. It's fairness that I'm after, after all. The law is absurd(i.e. I can walk around with pasties, my breasts completely bared, so what is it about guy nipples that makes them legally more bearable than female nipples?) Get over the danger part, you care none that women are hurt and taken advantage of every day, so spare me. We know that some men are rapist assholes; when an attractive woman walks down the street clothed she is singled out and gawked at, stared at, hit on, stalked, hurt, so being topless or not doesn't change that, this protest brings awareness to the real underlying feelings on breasts and to the folly of men. 

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

 @jmduffy222  @poophead.live Like it or not breasts ARE a sexual trait and will always be seen as one, no amount of exposure is going to change that fact.  Moreover, why should a handful of exhibitionists (who are perfectly free to walk around topless in certain adults-only venues) be allowed to force an uncomfortable change upon everyone else in society?  Also, you seem pretty naive about the motivations of men.  Common sense dictates that young women walking around topless are only going to attract negative attention upon themselves which could become potentially dangerous, not only for themselves but for the general public.  I think a good analogy is the use of alcohol, it should only be consumed in certain controlled environments, not walking down the street in front of the local elementary school.

jmduffy222
jmduffy222

 @maxonepercent  @poophead.live I did NOT say that women were all united on this, if you read my previous post I said it's not like everyone will just take their shirts off the next day. No, I know there is an outstanding opposition to this, but I don't care.When I threw this protest, I found women from all demographics that liked this idea. A 92 year-old woman even came out in support because she had gotten kicked out of church for wearing pants when she was younger. I'm not at all surprised that some women don't agree, but don't you be surprised for one second if there are some who do. Both sexes are known to get upset when a woman breast feeds, and how uptight of a society are we if we get upset when a woman nurses her young? Our society needs to take a serious look at the way we view breasts(negative, sex objects). Just because you don't agree, and can't see it, doesn't mean other people don't. if you're against it, then vote against it, but don't think for one second that your arguments are valid and that your perspective on breasts is healthy.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

 @poophead.live  @jmduffy222 Women ARE the majority of the human population and make up a majority of voters as well.  You act like all women are united in the desire to walk around topless, and that is absurd.  I think you might want to talk to a few women outside your circle of "rebel-without-a-clue" friends and see what they think about letting young ladies walk around with their tits bouncing in the breeze, you will probably be surprised to find that most women do not agree with you.  In reality, I don't think men would be nearly as opposed to allowing women to walk around topless as other women will be.  Just look at how upset other women get when a mother breast-feeds in public!

poophead.live
poophead.live

 @maxonepercent  @jmduffy222 We're definitely not asking for nudity, just the same rights where men can go topless. Of course the majority is against us! When hasn't it been? When women wanted the right to vote the majority was against them for a long time. They eventually got the right to vote because they demanded it. I'm simply letting society know that I don't think it's fair that I would be labeled a sex offender being topless at the lake, when my fiance is standing topless right next to me. We want equal rights, either men should wear a bikini top at the lake or women should be allowed to be topless too if they so choose. It's not like if we got the right to go topless everyone would do it, it's just that we don't think it's fair that our breasts are so damaging to peoples psyches that we require laws that tell us how to dress. Still need a valid argument.

 

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

 @jmduffy222 Here is a valid argument.  Nudity, both male and female is offensive to many people.  We live in a democracy where the majority rules.  If the majority of people are offended by seeing half-naked women walking around then, as a society, we have the right to enforce laws to prevent it.  Personally, I think men walking around without their shirts on is every bit as trashy-looking as women doing the same thing.  People like you would be happy if we were all running around buck naked and eating leaves and twigs like a bunch of damn dirty apes.

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