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anudist
anudist

March 4th, 2005, 5:30 pm #1

Time to get something off our chests
Wednesday, March 02, 2005

By Samantha Bennett

From time to time, I turn this space over to kind of a Women's Issues Minute for a look at pay inequity, low voter turnout or some such unsightly soup stain on the shirt of our national pride.

But I've been missing the big issue now on the cutting edge of American civil liberties.

Breast equality.

Ha! And you male readers were about to turn the page, weren't you?

Actually, this struggle was brought to my attention by a man. I have received countless impassioned e-mails about the tragedy of imprisonment, shame and discrimination that American women's breasts suffer every day, which I must admit I had never even considered, living in a cold climate.

The more I learned, the more impressed I was. Maybe not a lot of men wanted to help women get the vote; maybe not a lot of men have stood up for equal opportunity; maybe not a lot of men do half the housework and child care; but there seem to be quite a few brave, selfless men willing to liberate our breasts.

This gross injustice has been exposed recently by a public defender in California who is trying to legalize topless sunbathing, pointing out that it's discriminatory to punish women for what men can do legally.

Due to a court ruling in California, a woman convicted of indecent exposure might have to register under Megan's Law on a list of sex offenders -- putting a Gidget who playfully slips off her bikini top for more even UV damage in the same league as pedophiles and rapists.

This, of course, makes no sense. It also has never happened to anyone. Cops aren't interested in busting topless sunbathers, and sunbathing doesn't qualify as "lewd intent," which is what matters for Megan's Law.

(I can't wait to hear what the Governator has to say about all this. His spokeswoman, when asked by the L.A. Times, responded, "You've got to be kidding me.")

Meanwhile, on the other coast, a "topfree revolutionary" is organizing a "Topfree Stand," a topless protest march, in Daytona Beach, Fla., on March 13. She is inviting "the women of spring break" to participate.

Going topless for public nudity in Daytona at spring break is kind of like a pub crawl for disorderly conduct in New Orleans at Mardi Gras.

In her manifesto blog, the organizer, whom I won't name because she seems averse to publicity, states, for those who might think this is just about stacked young babes showing off, "We Are Not In This To Show Anyone Anything." Below are some pictures of her, topless.

She wants to take this issue to the Supreme Court (this Supreme Court?) and asks for donations to a "war chest."

But, darn it, this is not about getting hammered on spring break and pulling up your shirt. That's "Girls Gone Wild." This is about freedom, equal rights and the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and boobs. It's right there in the Constitution.

Well, not really. Not even for men. If it were, all those "No shoes, no shirt, no service" signs in convenience stores might have to come down.

Don't get me wrong: I thought the fuss about Janet Jackson was excessive and embarrassing. The "wardrobe malfunction" was inappropriate, not the end of civilization. Americans have never gotten over our Puritan horror of the human body and seem unable to distinguish between nudity and lewdness.

That said, there's a way to end the discrimination against women's breasts: Make men keep theirs covered, too. In this age of rampant obesity, I don't think you'll get much objection to that from women.

As for attractive young women and wide-eyed men crusading to end the intolerable oppression of breast imprisonment, here's a little story.

Three years ago, 15 girls died in Mecca when their school burned. The Saudi religious police forced them back into the fire because they were not wearing the head scarves and black robes required for women venturing outside among men.

There are women around the world who can only dream of going out in a T-shirt and shorts, much less the thong bikini you can wear to the tiki bar to do shooters with frat boys.

Who's going to free them?




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Slomo
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March 5th, 2005, 3:54 pm #2

She wants to take this issue to the Supreme Court (this Supreme Court?) and asks for donations to a "war chest."
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So that would be a "war chest" to finance a "chest war"?
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nicky
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March 16th, 2005, 3:57 pm #3

Time to get something off our chests
Wednesday, March 02, 2005

By Samantha Bennett

From time to time, I turn this space over to kind of a Women's Issues Minute for a look at pay inequity, low voter turnout or some such unsightly soup stain on the shirt of our national pride.

But I've been missing the big issue now on the cutting edge of American civil liberties.

Breast equality.

Ha! And you male readers were about to turn the page, weren't you?

Actually, this struggle was brought to my attention by a man. I have received countless impassioned e-mails about the tragedy of imprisonment, shame and discrimination that American women's breasts suffer every day, which I must admit I had never even considered, living in a cold climate.

The more I learned, the more impressed I was. Maybe not a lot of men wanted to help women get the vote; maybe not a lot of men have stood up for equal opportunity; maybe not a lot of men do half the housework and child care; but there seem to be quite a few brave, selfless men willing to liberate our breasts.

This gross injustice has been exposed recently by a public defender in California who is trying to legalize topless sunbathing, pointing out that it's discriminatory to punish women for what men can do legally.

Due to a court ruling in California, a woman convicted of indecent exposure might have to register under Megan's Law on a list of sex offenders -- putting a Gidget who playfully slips off her bikini top for more even UV damage in the same league as pedophiles and rapists.

This, of course, makes no sense. It also has never happened to anyone. Cops aren't interested in busting topless sunbathers, and sunbathing doesn't qualify as "lewd intent," which is what matters for Megan's Law.

(I can't wait to hear what the Governator has to say about all this. His spokeswoman, when asked by the L.A. Times, responded, "You've got to be kidding me.")

Meanwhile, on the other coast, a "topfree revolutionary" is organizing a "Topfree Stand," a topless protest march, in Daytona Beach, Fla., on March 13. She is inviting "the women of spring break" to participate.

Going topless for public nudity in Daytona at spring break is kind of like a pub crawl for disorderly conduct in New Orleans at Mardi Gras.

In her manifesto blog, the organizer, whom I won't name because she seems averse to publicity, states, for those who might think this is just about stacked young babes showing off, "We Are Not In This To Show Anyone Anything." Below are some pictures of her, topless.

She wants to take this issue to the Supreme Court (this Supreme Court?) and asks for donations to a "war chest."

But, darn it, this is not about getting hammered on spring break and pulling up your shirt. That's "Girls Gone Wild." This is about freedom, equal rights and the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and boobs. It's right there in the Constitution.

Well, not really. Not even for men. If it were, all those "No shoes, no shirt, no service" signs in convenience stores might have to come down.

Don't get me wrong: I thought the fuss about Janet Jackson was excessive and embarrassing. The "wardrobe malfunction" was inappropriate, not the end of civilization. Americans have never gotten over our Puritan horror of the human body and seem unable to distinguish between nudity and lewdness.

That said, there's a way to end the discrimination against women's breasts: Make men keep theirs covered, too. In this age of rampant obesity, I don't think you'll get much objection to that from women.

As for attractive young women and wide-eyed men crusading to end the intolerable oppression of breast imprisonment, here's a little story.

Three years ago, 15 girls died in Mecca when their school burned. The Saudi religious police forced them back into the fire because they were not wearing the head scarves and black robes required for women venturing outside among men.

There are women around the world who can only dream of going out in a T-shirt and shorts, much less the thong bikini you can wear to the tiki bar to do shooters with frat boys.

Who's going to free them?




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(Samantha Bennett can be reached at sbennett@post-gazette.com or 412-263-3572.)

PG Columnists Columnist Archives ----Ruth Ann Dailey ----Samantha Bennett ----Barbara Cloud ----Gene Collier ----Reg Henry ----Tom Hritz ----Diana Nelson Jones ----Sally Kalson ----Peter Leo ----Tony Norman ----Brian O'Neill ----Dennis Roddy ----Marilyn McDevitt Rubin Columnist Bios ----Ruth Ann Dailey ----Samantha Bennett ----Barbara Cloud ----Gene Collier ----Reg Henry ----Tom Hritz ----Diana Nelson Jones ----Sally Kalson ----Peter Leo ----Tony Norman ----Brian O'Neill ----Dennis Roddy ----Marilyn McDevitt Rubin
"That said, there's a way to end the discrimination against women's breasts: Make men keep theirs covered, too."
What has happened to America that it has become so easy to think about limiting freedom?
Gay people marry?
Women uncovering their breasts?
Are conservatives so crazy they would actully make men wear shirts just to preserve their phobias?
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Wayne
Wayne

March 16th, 2005, 5:11 pm #4

No, real conservatives aren't that crazy. But the Republican party doesn't want real conservatives any more and the conservatives formed the Libertarian party. The religious right, while calling themselves conservatives, are the antithesis of the Libertarians. Look at the little chart of political believes the Libertarians promote. The religious right, from what I've seen of them, are much more totalitarian than conservative.

I probably mentioned in another post that in the 1950s the US was proud to have freedom, and compared itself with the Soviet block and Germany. I don't remember hearing any such comparisons in the last 30 years, and we have adopted a lot of the bad ideas of our former enemies.

]My high school annuals each have one or two class pictures, for example, where the girl is wearing a sheer blouse and you can clearly see her bra or slip. A picture at one school dance shows a dress sheer enough that you can see the girls legs and her date's pants through the dress.

I assume that this kind of thing would violate dress codes at most schools today, but those dress codes would have been denounced as unamerican when I was in school.
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nicky
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March 17th, 2005, 2:59 pm #5

Time to get something off our chests
Wednesday, March 02, 2005

By Samantha Bennett

From time to time, I turn this space over to kind of a Women's Issues Minute for a look at pay inequity, low voter turnout or some such unsightly soup stain on the shirt of our national pride.

But I've been missing the big issue now on the cutting edge of American civil liberties.

Breast equality.

Ha! And you male readers were about to turn the page, weren't you?

Actually, this struggle was brought to my attention by a man. I have received countless impassioned e-mails about the tragedy of imprisonment, shame and discrimination that American women's breasts suffer every day, which I must admit I had never even considered, living in a cold climate.

The more I learned, the more impressed I was. Maybe not a lot of men wanted to help women get the vote; maybe not a lot of men have stood up for equal opportunity; maybe not a lot of men do half the housework and child care; but there seem to be quite a few brave, selfless men willing to liberate our breasts.

This gross injustice has been exposed recently by a public defender in California who is trying to legalize topless sunbathing, pointing out that it's discriminatory to punish women for what men can do legally.

Due to a court ruling in California, a woman convicted of indecent exposure might have to register under Megan's Law on a list of sex offenders -- putting a Gidget who playfully slips off her bikini top for more even UV damage in the same league as pedophiles and rapists.

This, of course, makes no sense. It also has never happened to anyone. Cops aren't interested in busting topless sunbathers, and sunbathing doesn't qualify as "lewd intent," which is what matters for Megan's Law.

(I can't wait to hear what the Governator has to say about all this. His spokeswoman, when asked by the L.A. Times, responded, "You've got to be kidding me.")

Meanwhile, on the other coast, a "topfree revolutionary" is organizing a "Topfree Stand," a topless protest march, in Daytona Beach, Fla., on March 13. She is inviting "the women of spring break" to participate.

Going topless for public nudity in Daytona at spring break is kind of like a pub crawl for disorderly conduct in New Orleans at Mardi Gras.

In her manifesto blog, the organizer, whom I won't name because she seems averse to publicity, states, for those who might think this is just about stacked young babes showing off, "We Are Not In This To Show Anyone Anything." Below are some pictures of her, topless.

She wants to take this issue to the Supreme Court (this Supreme Court?) and asks for donations to a "war chest."

But, darn it, this is not about getting hammered on spring break and pulling up your shirt. That's "Girls Gone Wild." This is about freedom, equal rights and the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and boobs. It's right there in the Constitution.

Well, not really. Not even for men. If it were, all those "No shoes, no shirt, no service" signs in convenience stores might have to come down.

Don't get me wrong: I thought the fuss about Janet Jackson was excessive and embarrassing. The "wardrobe malfunction" was inappropriate, not the end of civilization. Americans have never gotten over our Puritan horror of the human body and seem unable to distinguish between nudity and lewdness.

That said, there's a way to end the discrimination against women's breasts: Make men keep theirs covered, too. In this age of rampant obesity, I don't think you'll get much objection to that from women.

As for attractive young women and wide-eyed men crusading to end the intolerable oppression of breast imprisonment, here's a little story.

Three years ago, 15 girls died in Mecca when their school burned. The Saudi religious police forced them back into the fire because they were not wearing the head scarves and black robes required for women venturing outside among men.

There are women around the world who can only dream of going out in a T-shirt and shorts, much less the thong bikini you can wear to the tiki bar to do shooters with frat boys.

Who's going to free them?




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(Samantha Bennett can be reached at sbennett@post-gazette.com or 412-263-3572.)

PG Columnists Columnist Archives ----Ruth Ann Dailey ----Samantha Bennett ----Barbara Cloud ----Gene Collier ----Reg Henry ----Tom Hritz ----Diana Nelson Jones ----Sally Kalson ----Peter Leo ----Tony Norman ----Brian O'Neill ----Dennis Roddy ----Marilyn McDevitt Rubin Columnist Bios ----Ruth Ann Dailey ----Samantha Bennett ----Barbara Cloud ----Gene Collier ----Reg Henry ----Tom Hritz ----Diana Nelson Jones ----Sally Kalson ----Peter Leo ----Tony Norman ----Brian O'Neill ----Dennis Roddy ----Marilyn McDevitt Rubin
Maybe in some alternate universe there is a truly liberal media where a topfree revolutionary like our friend Elizabeth gets a serious hearing, instead of becoming material for the 'wacky' & 'off beat' news section. For one, Samantha(i'm not a horrible prude!)Bennett can hardly find the difference between an interest in topfreedom and 'girls gone wild'. Why? Because men are infactuated with breasts! So of course the thought of the supreme court hearing a case on [sniker-sniker] breast freedom is just a joke. Why? Because there's no word for tit in the constitution.
What bugs me the most about this kind of writing is how dismisive it is. Instead of exposing the courage and determination it takes to pull off a topfree protest, the media joins in the national sport of public humiliation and produces a column that essenially reads; "Look at that silly woman. Doesn't she know we're all too fat to want to take our shirts off. Besides she's just lucky she doesn't live in arabia where instead of being ridiculed in the press, she'd be stoned in the street...think about it."
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March 17th, 2005, 10:55 pm #6

You would think anti-discrimination laws would cover something like this.
Requiring one gender to cover their chest while the other does not is discrimination any way you look at it.
Why are people concerned about every form of discrimination except this?
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peter
peter

March 18th, 2005, 1:03 am #7

Most likely because there doesn't appear to be anyone being discriminated against. If there were, men would stand up and put an end to it. Instead we continue to make sure that females are kept in their place. That is not discrimination it is just keeping things the way us men like them. If there were a real problem of discrimination there would be no "gentlemans" club, porn mags, stores, internet sites, movie channels.......
Naw....can't see anything wrong!
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bn
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March 18th, 2005, 1:09 pm #8

Maybe in some alternate universe there is a truly liberal media where a topfree revolutionary like our friend Elizabeth gets a serious hearing, instead of becoming material for the 'wacky' & 'off beat' news section. For one, Samantha(i'm not a horrible prude!)Bennett can hardly find the difference between an interest in topfreedom and 'girls gone wild'. Why? Because men are infactuated with breasts! So of course the thought of the supreme court hearing a case on [sniker-sniker] breast freedom is just a joke. Why? Because there's no word for tit in the constitution.
What bugs me the most about this kind of writing is how dismisive it is. Instead of exposing the courage and determination it takes to pull off a topfree protest, the media joins in the national sport of public humiliation and produces a column that essenially reads; "Look at that silly woman. Doesn't she know we're all too fat to want to take our shirts off. Besides she's just lucky she doesn't live in arabia where instead of being ridiculed in the press, she'd be stoned in the street...think about it."
It seems to me that a "Liberal Media" is not the problem, a maturity level in the media is.
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nicky
nicky

March 19th, 2005, 5:08 pm #9

[It seems to me that a "Liberal Media" is not the problem, a maturity level in the media is.]

I would agree except it is a tried and true tactic of the right-wing to dehumanize their enemies and make fools of their critics.
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peter
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March 19th, 2005, 9:13 pm #10

as well as the left wing.....
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