Topless protestors to bare it all for equality's sake in Sunday rallies


A group of protestors are stripping down and baring it all Sunday in the name of gender equality.

Two topless rallies are planned in Minnesota Sunday as part of international GoTopless Day. It's the first time Minneapolis has participated in the event, according to the RedCurrent blog.

Organizers say women have a constitutional right to bare their chest, just like men can. But the laws don't hold up. The argument - men had to fight for their right be bare chested in 1936, so women want to have the same rights and are fighting for it, GoTopless says on their website.

The first rally is from 3 - 8 p.m. in Alexandria at Noonan Park at 9th Ave. E. and Nokomis Street, according to the website.

GoTopless Day is held annually on the Sunday closest to Women's Equality Day, Aug. 26. The website states:

"It is only logical that GoTopless Day protests (or celebrations depending on the legal status of your city) would fall around Women's Equality Day since the right to go topless for women is based on gender equality as their right to vote once was."

The Minneapolis rally is scheduled from 4 - 5:30 at Gold Medal Park at S 2nd St. As of Friday, 2,000 people have said they plan to attend on the event's Facebook page.

Fair warning ladies, you are asked to cover your nipples for legal reasons. Men are asked to wear something to cover their "tatas," the Facebook page states, "to show how stupid this double standard truly is."

But Minneapolis coordinator Faith Neumann tells the RedCurrent, "It's a PSA, it's not a demand. If you want to go topless, just know what you're risking."

She tells MinnPost in an interview she is ready to be arrested and go to court for it. Neumann credits the response on the event's Facebook page as a sign that "people care."

According to Minnesota State statutes, nudity is defined as "showing of the human male or female genitals, pubic area or buttocks with less than a fully opaque covering, or the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering of any portion thereof below the top of the nipple, or the depiction of covered male genitals in a discernibly turgid state."

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