Friday, January 06, 2012
FAIR IS FAIR
Did you know that in many cities and broader jurisdictions North America it is still illegal for women to go topless. From a practical point of view, it’s not like thousands of women want to run around topless BUT it seems odd that in many places in the supposed modern free western democracy, a woman can be arrested and taken to jail for going topless.
Now I can understand how this can unfairly happen in some middle eastern country like Iran, but I am dumbfounded as to how this can be enforced in a democracy. I mean really, if men can go topless legally, so should women be able to go topless ... if they want to. In Ontario this law has been tested when Gwen Jacobs was charged with indecent exposure for going topless in Guelph. It took until 1996 to get the case acquittal!!! Others have tested the law in Ontario since - which means there are woman still being charged with indecent exposure for going topless. In theory, my wife could be sunbathing in some anchorage and the OPP can cruise in by boat and take her away to a police station to be charged (although unlikely the charges would be upheld in court).
In any event it’s time that woman have equal rights including the topless issue and our laws need indecent exposure redefined to exclude topless legal infractions of the female gender. You shouldn’t have to go before a judge to have the law interrupted – it should be clear in the definition of indecent exposure that bare female breasts do not constitute a crime.
There is an organization called www.gotopless.org It looks a little wacky but they are standing up for their rights and rightfully so. They stage an annual Go Topless Day, which this year happens to fall on Woman's Equality Day on Sunday August 26th 2012 . In Toronto the celebration/protest is at Ashbridges Bay Park. On Georgian Bay on the same day August 26th, may I humbly suggest that all boaters go topless (weather permitting) when you’re cruising the Bay.