By Jillian Page
LGBT Perspectives editor
MONTREAL — Why should men be allowed to be topless in many public settings, but women aren’t?
Well, I suppose I could talk about the patriarchy, about men who view women — particularly our breasts — as sex objects, and about men who feel they could not control their sexual desires if they saw us half-naked.
But that’s their problem. It shouldn’t be ours, and honestly, I think most civilized men would be quite fine with topless women in settings where men are able to bare their tops, too.
Still, laws in most cities, provinces, states and countries bar us from going topless in public settings where men are allowed to do so, and that’s why so many of us will participate in GoTopless Day rallies around the world on Sunday, Aug. 23. The event is held annually on the closest Sunday to Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26.
At last count, rallies are planned in 74 cities, including Montreal. To see a list of cities taking part, click on this link, then click on the cities for event details.
I could go on and on about this, and preach why women should have equal rights. But it’s all rather obvious, isn’t it? Even if you don’t want to go topless in a public setting, there is a principle here — we should have the same right men have. Period.
Although sponsored by the Raelian Movement — who are great supporters of LGBT people, by the way — there is no spiritual proselytizing at the GoTopless events.
At last year’s event in Montreal, I asked organizer Sylvie Chabot how she felt about the concerns by some people that the Raelians were sponsoring the event as a recruitment campaign. And I threw out the “discrimination” word: did she feel they were discriminating against her organization?
Yes, she answered. “We are victims of discrimination. We’re separating beliefs from cause. We cannot fight for one group and deny others.”
In other words, they are standing up for all women.
You can read the report I did for my Gazette blog and my personal blog on last year’s event in Montreal by clicking on this link: Go Topless Montreal report.
Like last year, Montreal’s event will take place where the Sunday Tam Tam events are held on Mount-Royal (we danced last year!). You can get more details for that at GoTopless Montreal’s Facebook page.
At the event last year, some men showed their support by wearing bras. I thought that was so cool — well, it actually wasn’t so cool for the guys because it was freakin’ hot that day!
It’s a great cause, everybody. Please show your support if you can.
Click here to read: GoTopless Day rallies: Will Canada’s federal party leaders show up?
“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey