For a post about how the day went, gohere.
University of Guelph students Andrea Crinklaw and Lindsay Webb have organized what is being called a “Top Freedom Day of Pride” to celebrate the right of women to walk around topless in public. The event will be held in St. George’s Square on Saturday, August 28th from 3 PM to 10 PM.
I’m going to go on record here and say that I support the cause, and not just because I’m a blind pervert who’s thinking about heading out there just so I can walk around trying to bump into people. It really is a matter of fairness. If we guys are allowed to traipse around frightening children with our boobies, women should be able to do the same thing. It’s an equal rights issue, and in 2010 there’s no reason why one class of people shouldn’t be able to do something that another can. (See also marriage, gay.)
Seriousness aside, there were a couple of things inthe Guelph Tribune story about thisthat I couldn’t help but notice.
The women began to notice the stigma when, in an effort to be free from tan lines, they would swim topless in the Speed River.
“I’d kind of get gawked at, and I didn’t really appreciate that,” said Crinklaw.
Um, welcome to the world, a world that’s filled with men and lesbians, not to mention people to whom the site of a human body is patently offensive. Even if there were women going topless in every city at all hours of the day and night, you’re still getting gawked at. Boobs are attention grabbing, that’s just how it is.
A number of performers have been lined up to make music during the event, including the Nathan Day Project, Anthony Damiao, Joel Saunders, and Richard Garvey and Polly Edwards, but more are expected to be added to the lineup in the coming weeks.
Funny, I think most of those people are dudes. Strange that so many male musicians would be so eager to play at what is essentially the Gathering of the Hoots. Hopefully none of them get caught gawking.
There’s no official website for the event, but you can find out more by searching Top Freedom Day of Pride on Facebook under events. I’m one of the 7 people on earth who doesn’t have a Facebook, so don’t ask me how to do that if you’re unsure.