Catherine Bosley

Catherine Bosley

Rudi
Rudi

January 23rd, 2004, 2:07 pm #1

Has anybody else heard the story about Catherine Bosley? She was a TV Network News anchor on WKBN TV in Youngstown, Ohio. She and her husband took a vacation to Key West earlier in the year of 2003. While there, she decided to enter a wet t-shirt contest. While on stage, somebody in the crowd recognized her and took a number of pictures which were then posted on the internet. These were brought to the attention of WKBN management in early January of this year and she was forced to resign under a decency cause in her contract. Some say she was fired, others that she chose to resign, and yet others that she was forced to resign. Regardless, the end result is that she no longer has a well paying job that she held for 10 years and most probably, her career is ruined. Thoughts? Comments? Apparently, no laws were broken in Key West. She was not arrested or harassed while in Key West. Might this explain why a number of women are “uncomfortable” with being topfree in public in the United States, today? (not in Utopia, Europe, or the USA 20 years from now). Is it worth jeopardizing a
career in order to exercise a little bit of freedom? Also, do you think it would have made any difference if the pictures were taken on the legal topless South Beach sand?
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Nat
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January 23rd, 2004, 2:57 pm #2

I'm not familiar with this case, but I've heard of many similar cases, for example a female firefighter who was fired for posing for Playboy magazine, although she had broken no laws or done anything that was illegal. This is the kind of bigotry we are trying to end.
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michaela
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January 23rd, 2004, 6:59 pm #3

Has anybody else heard the story about Catherine Bosley? She was a TV Network News anchor on WKBN TV in Youngstown, Ohio. She and her husband took a vacation to Key West earlier in the year of 2003. While there, she decided to enter a wet t-shirt contest. While on stage, somebody in the crowd recognized her and took a number of pictures which were then posted on the internet. These were brought to the attention of WKBN management in early January of this year and she was forced to resign under a decency cause in her contract. Some say she was fired, others that she chose to resign, and yet others that she was forced to resign. Regardless, the end result is that she no longer has a well paying job that she held for 10 years and most probably, her career is ruined. Thoughts? Comments? Apparently, no laws were broken in Key West. She was not arrested or harassed while in Key West. Might this explain why a number of women are “uncomfortable” with being topfree in public in the United States, today? (not in Utopia, Europe, or the USA 20 years from now). Is it worth jeopardizing a
career in order to exercise a little bit of freedom? Also, do you think it would have made any difference if the pictures were taken on the legal topless South Beach sand?
I haven't heard of this either. It sure seems to me that decency clause or not, a person should be able to do what they want on their vacation. She wasn't on her job, so her contract really wasn't breached. It's like me...as a commercial driver I am not allowed even a trace of alcohol in my blood if I'm driving or about to drive a commercial vehicle or my own. Not .08, .04, or .01, but zip. But when I'm not about to be driving, I can drink just like anyone else if I want. No harm, no foul.
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January 23rd, 2004, 7:43 pm #4

try

http://www.glumbert.com/special/bosley.asp

she has very small breast implants no less
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elijah
elijah

January 23rd, 2004, 8:10 pm #5

i think that if catherine bosley was sunbathing topfree at a beach, she probably wouldn't have been fired.
just like the female fire-fighter posing in playboy, what bosley did was sexual. both of these women didn't do what they did to exercise their topfreedom or to be comfortable without a shirt, just like men. these women were teasing and flaunting their breasts in a sexual nature--hence they believe their breasts to be sexual.
earlier i posted about a lady, elizabeth book, who is organizing a march in florida to legalize the display of female breasts in public. book's story started out when men jeered for her to show her tits and she got arrested for doing it.
these are bad examples for the topfreedom cause.
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January 23rd, 2004, 8:15 pm #6

I'm not familiar with this case, but I've heard of many similar cases, for example a female firefighter who was fired for posing for Playboy magazine, although she had broken no laws or done anything that was illegal. This is the kind of bigotry we are trying to end.
women in playboy are topless, not topfree. i don't see the bigotry. the lady wasn't trying to be comfortable on a hot day without a shirt and just happened to be on the playboy set.
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Nat
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January 23rd, 2004, 8:23 pm #7

i think that if catherine bosley was sunbathing topfree at a beach, she probably wouldn't have been fired.
just like the female fire-fighter posing in playboy, what bosley did was sexual. both of these women didn't do what they did to exercise their topfreedom or to be comfortable without a shirt, just like men. these women were teasing and flaunting their breasts in a sexual nature--hence they believe their breasts to be sexual.
earlier i posted about a lady, elizabeth book, who is organizing a march in florida to legalize the display of female breasts in public. book's story started out when men jeered for her to show her tits and she got arrested for doing it.
these are bad examples for the topfreedom cause.
I agree that this is not the best way to achieve breast freedom, but the fact is what these women did in no way prevented them from doing their jobs and so the problem is not what they did- it the bigotry of our society and their employers that is the problem. That is what needs to be fixed.
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Nat
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January 23rd, 2004, 8:28 pm #8

women in playboy are topless, not topfree. i don't see the bigotry. the lady wasn't trying to be comfortable on a hot day without a shirt and just happened to be on the playboy set.
So? If Playgirl ask me to take off my shirt and show off my muscles (no laughing please) no one would care. So it is the fact that she is a woman that is causing the problem- that IS bigotry! She should have a right to take off her shirt for any reason I have a right to take off mine!
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elijah
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January 23rd, 2004, 8:45 pm #9

I agree that this is not the best way to achieve breast freedom, but the fact is what these women did in no way prevented them from doing their jobs and so the problem is not what they did- it the bigotry of our society and their employers that is the problem. That is what needs to be fixed.
in what way did the society or employer display bigotry? it would be bigotry if--for example--a porn star was fired for doing what bosley did.
it's true that what bosley did doesn't affect how well she does her job, but it does affect the viewer's perception of her. male viewers, by the nature of being men, will try to picture her naked instead of listening to the news.
sexuality and productiveness don't mix. that's why there's rules about what's appropriate in workplaces, schools, etc. just like you don't see your teacher, students, coworkers, or customers sexually, it's unfortunate that bosley's "customers" are potential millions of viewers who now see her in a sexual way.
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JB
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January 23rd, 2004, 10:16 pm #10

Has anybody else heard the story about Catherine Bosley? She was a TV Network News anchor on WKBN TV in Youngstown, Ohio. She and her husband took a vacation to Key West earlier in the year of 2003. While there, she decided to enter a wet t-shirt contest. While on stage, somebody in the crowd recognized her and took a number of pictures which were then posted on the internet. These were brought to the attention of WKBN management in early January of this year and she was forced to resign under a decency cause in her contract. Some say she was fired, others that she chose to resign, and yet others that she was forced to resign. Regardless, the end result is that she no longer has a well paying job that she held for 10 years and most probably, her career is ruined. Thoughts? Comments? Apparently, no laws were broken in Key West. She was not arrested or harassed while in Key West. Might this explain why a number of women are “uncomfortable” with being topfree in public in the United States, today? (not in Utopia, Europe, or the USA 20 years from now). Is it worth jeopardizing a
career in order to exercise a little bit of freedom? Also, do you think it would have made any difference if the pictures were taken on the legal topless South Beach sand?
I think if Ms. Bosley had merely been topfree at a beach, she would not have attracted attention, but she attracted attention because by entering a wet t-shirt contest, she was saying "hey, look at me".

It reminds me of a story I saw on tv a couple of years ago about a female college student (in California) who worked at a topless bar to put herself through school. One night, some male students from the same school visited the topless bar and recognized her as a fellow student athlete. Of course, they told everyone they knew at school and the "news" got to the people who run the athletics programs. The student was "fired" from athletics for giving the school a bad image. While she worked at the topless bar, she did not wear any team clothing or identify herself as a student of that college or a student athlete, so how could she possibly be giving the school, the team, etc, a bad image? And what of the male students who frequented the topless bar? If the exotic dancer/athlete was giving the team a band image by performing, wouldn't the male students be equally guilty for being present there? I don't know if any of them were wearing the team colors.

The female student was not kicked out of school, just the team. I know there is one public college in California that has recently had several student athletes who have criminal records, and those athletes were recruited for athletics despite criminal records, some involving violent crimes. I definitely see that something is very wrong, men being treated one way, women in another.

In the case of the female newscaster, she probably has little legal recourse since she signed a contract in which she agreed that her employer could fire her for doing something that might be considered controversial.
If instead of the wet t-shirt contest, she had taken part in a PETA demonstration or an anti-war (or even pro-war) demonstration, I think she would also have been fired. I don't think it was so much for what she did, but for the publicity that might be generated and that the publicity would be perceived to be a bad type of publicity.
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