Topless activists run into trouble in New York and Los Angeles

By Arturo Garcia
Monday, August 27, 2012 11:52 EDT
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In shedding their tops and taking up their cause, the women who took part in National Go Topless Day marches in New York and Los Angeles had to deal with some uninvited “admirers.”

Photographer Katie Sokoler told New York City newsblog Gothamist that participants at the event in Bryant Park Sunday were outnumbered by men by a ratio of ten to one, with the men taking pictures and not showing respect.

“They would just swarm a girl and get right up in her boobs to take close ups,” she said. “Three girls got so angry, they screamed, ‘They’re just f-cking boobs!’ and left.”

GoTopless.org, one of the groups organizing the marches in about 30 cities around the country, says about 14 states technically allow for women to go topless, but those laws have been undermined by local statutes forcing them to keep their shirts on in public.

According to KCBS-TV, the Los Angeles edition of the march also drew a group of mostly male onlookers.

Footage from the Los Angeles march, which should be considered NSFW, was posted on YouTube Sunday by user UniquePeopleTube and can be seen below. Los Angeles is also the homebase of another co-organizer, the Raelian movement, which allegedly believes human beings were created by extraterrestrials.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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