Educational Piece about Topfreedom

By Paul Rapoport, Co-ordinator of the Topfree Equal Rights Association
So what’s this topfree equality for women thing? What’s its link to naturism?
Many naturists aren’t down for it, certainly. It’s an out-there public issue instead of a private campground one. Then there’s It ain’t naked, so it ain’t naturist.
But women’s topfreedom is in thick with naturism. It too aims to free the body from priggish prudery. It too wants to demolish the unholy belief that skin = sin. It overly attacks the unrestrained body phobia so beloved of politicians.
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However, we shouldn’t stand for people howling Bare! at topfree women. Of course, the media love to trap that word on them. What do you anticipate, when they use nude for almost anything less than a winter coat, for instance, asinine label naked evening gown?
The Topfree Equal Rights Association (TERA) was formed in 1997. Yep, we’re going on 15. Our foundation purpose was to help women hassled for being topfree.
Over the years we have managed to meet every leading North American topfree activist (note – topfree not topless).
Just kidding. There are more, like the Rochester 7, from 1986. But the women who’ve chosen a long term stand against patriarchal control of breasts are still few and literally much between. Improvement is slow.
Recently, another organization, GoTopless, has organized demonstrations in August in favor of topfreedom. Great for them. But GoTopless doesn’t comprehend legal scenarios. Additionally, it comes with specific baggage the media do not take seriously.
The coordinator of TERA is a male. , another credibility issue, although we don’t run into it much any more. We give out information, help in legal issues, and encourage women: not to be topfree (’cause that’s their decision) but to take steps to allow that option if they need it, including supporting other women who do.
Here are a few, with rejoinders we have never used (’cause we are courteous and all):
1. Breasts are sex organs!
They’re glands, ma’am, merely modified sweat glands. How hot is that?
2. Women prancing around showing their tits make guys attack them!
It is gonna drive me to eat it.
3. Still, it’s not safe!
Psst, I Will tell you a secret. Women have brains. Enable them to use them.
4. What about the kids!
Yes, what about driving your ignorant bigotry on kids?
5. Only women who’re hawt should let ’em out!
See no. 6 below, you sexist pig. (Note to self: dump the ’60s chat.)
6. Only women who’re ugly should go topless!
See no. 5 above, you sexist pig. (Note to self: you neglected.)
7. Girls are different!
Got that right. That means they must not vote, go to school, get a job, or have cash.
Despite all that drivel, we have seen the topfree move being taken much more seriously even in the last five years. More women (and guys) see what it is about and what it is not. Some of that is due to GoTopless. It’s due more basically to the many women who want control over their own breasts.
We know that breastfeeding is still an issue in this nation, because every time a woman feeds her child that way in public, some nut case is likely to hiss Obscene! But children love breast milk. Everyone has to see them feeding that way, because it is normal, natural, and essential. Images of breastfeeding are not porn. (Someone tell Facebook.) If women’s topfreeedom were potential, we’d not have any problem with public breastfeeding.
So yes, what about the children! Topfree equality is for them also, so that they grow up healthy and free of breast fixation and women’s suppression.
Here’s to all those women who get it and desire to do something about family nudists photos !
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