According to news reports from Portland, Maine, about two dozen women marched topless from the city’s Longfellow Square to Tommy’s Park at the weekend.
Their purpose was to erase what they see as a double standard on male and female nudity.
They were promoting the freedom of women to be topless in public.
About two dozen women drew a crowd of onlookers when they shed their shirts and marched downtown in Maine’s largest city to promote what they call equal-opportunity public toplessness.
Organizer Ty MacDowell said the point of Saturday’s march in Portland was that a topless woman out in public shouldn’t attract any more attention than a man who walks around without a shirt.
Maybe she shouldn’t. But it’s odds on she will.
Maybe it’s got something to do with hormones.
Anyway, about a thousand people gathered as the march passed through Monument Square.
There were demonstrators, supporters, onlookers and those just out to enjoy a warm and sunny early-spring day and take in the sights.
After the marchers reached Tommy’s Park in the Old Port, some turned around and walked back to Longfellow Square, but most stayed and mingled in the park.
Some posed for pictures.
Police said there were no incidents and no arrests. Nudity is illegal in Maine only if genitals are displayed, which is a common-sense way of doing things.
Alf is bound to say nothing like this happens in Eketahuna.
But here’s what fascinated him about what happened when the bolshie birds of Porland, Maine, struck this particular blow for equal rights and equal treatement.
McDowell said she was “enraged” by the turnout of men attracted to the demonstration.
Sorry, love. Most red-blooded fellers in Alf’s experience don’t react to the spectacle of a bare-breasted bint in quite the same way as they react to the sight of a bare-chested bloke.
Mind you, blokes like Chris Carter might be an exception.
But McDowell said she plans to organize similar demonstrations in the future and said she would be more “aggressive” in discouraging oglers.
By rounding up the ugliest women in the town, then sorting out those with the saggiest boobs to get their gear off, Alf imagines.