“Go-Topless Day” in New York Was Semi-Nude and Well-Spectated

On Sunday, New York City played host to an event/protest that organizers called "National Go-Topless Day," whose purpose is to draw attention, according to Reuters, to inequality in topless rights between men and women. Local topless perambulator Moira Johnston has been personally informing New Yorkers of the legal right women in the city have to bare their chests as freely as men do when the weather gets buttcrack hot during the penultimate third of summer, but "Go-Topless" drew about two-dozen topless women, several topless men and a whole gaggle of voyeurs grossly using their phones to record grainy, palsied videos of topless women.

Karen Heaven, whose name seems a little made-up, organized the event, which she hopes will help normalize the often head-turning phenomenon of women going topless in New York...by making a little bit of a spectacle out of it:

We say there is nothing wrong with the female nipple. My dog has six, I have two, but I can be put in jail for showing my nipples. It's 2012 — what are we thinking?

We're not thinking, clearly, otherwise we'd make hilarious six-pack bras for lady dogs. The going-topless debate in New York has aged considerably over the last year or so, and it seems that most people, at least, are aware of the fact that women can go topless just the same as men. What hurdles remain to convince women that they not only can go topless, but that they can do so without having a chorus of New Yorkers shout, "Boobies!" all at once, well, that remains to be determined.

More interesting is where "Go-Topless Day" got its genesis. Brace yourselves: In 2007, a former sports car journalist (for real) named Rael founded a religion called the Raelian Movement (or Funky Rae's Cult for Stupids), which maintained that Earth and all its diverse inhabitants were created by extraterrestrial scientists. How did Rae come to learn of this, you ask? Well, a space alien visited him in a French volcano park, which sounds like a set piece for a James Bond movie.

"Go Topless Day in New York seeks equal right to bare chests [Reuters]