About two dozen women marched topless from Longfellow Square to Tommy’s Park this afternoon in an effort to erase what they see as a double standard on male and female nudity. The women, preceded and followed by several hundred boisterous and mostly male onlookers, many of them carrying cameras, stayed on the sidewalk because they hadn’t obtained a demonstration permit to walk in the street.
I wonder how many of those “boisterous” males had longfellows?
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 happily posed for pictures. Police said there were no incidents and no arrests – nudity is illegal in Maine only if genitals are displayed.
So if it was already legal, what was the problem?
Ty McDowell, who organized the march, said she was “enraged” by the turnout of men attracted to the demonstration. The purpose, she said, was for society to have the same reaction to a woman walking around topless as it does to men without shirts on.
Yeah, good luck with that. Was she really not expecting men to show up to see boobs? (Paging Captain Obvious on the white phone!) Is she one of those idiots who are “surprised” by the unemployment figures every month?
However, McDowell said she plans to organize similar demonstrations in the future and said she would be more “aggressive” in discouraging oglers.
Exactly how do you do that when you’re in a public setting? And doesn’t that prove that your whole quest to undermine biology and reality is futile?
Boobs: the protesters or the photographers?