Toronto has another topless protest on the front page.
In the 1990’s, a University of Toronto student, Gwen Jacobs, went topless on campus on a hot summer day and ignited a protest across Canada when she was arrested.
I covered the Vancouver march as a reporter, and ended up doffing my shirt and bra and joining – although I did put AIDs awareness stickers over my nipples – and let me tell you, going totally bare would have been preferable to later removing said stickers. Even the local tv news reporter flashed in support.
In the end, the right of women to be as topless as men prevailed in the court – however, despite the legality, there remain not only safety but social acceptability issues.
Bare chested is okay but bare breasted remains controversial – when can we ever just accept that we’re all naked under our clothes and on hot days, clothes should be optional.
Mere nudity is not sexual or obscene.