06 Apr 2010

Topless Protest in Portland, Maine

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You know that Spring is really here when young activist women march topless in Portland, Maine to protest discriminatory laws about exposing the upper body in public.

Tactically, the use of the sight of nubile female breasts with the object of punishing the phallocratic enemy might seem a bit ill-conceived and fundamentally ineffective, but the more sophisticated of us realize that demonstrations always have multiple and diverse goals and that, particularly in the Spring, some young women just enjoy flaunting their assets.


Some people’s jaws hit the ground, plenty of men showed up with cameras, and others – including parents with their children – were just plain offended, as almost two dozen topless women marched in Maine’s largest city.

The women drew a crowd of over 500 onlookers when they shed their shirts and marched in downtown Portland on Saturday to promote what they call “equal-opportunity public toplessness.”

Organizer Ty MacDowell said the point of the march was that a topless woman out in public shouldn’t attract any more attention than a man who walks around without a shirt.

Good luck with that.

According to The Portland Press Herald, by the end of the march more than 500 people had amassed – a mix of marchers, young men snapping photos, oglers and people just out enjoying a warm sunny day.

“We should be able to walk down the street and not have this many men taking pictures of us,” a participant shouted.

4 Feedbacks on "Topless Protest in Portland, Maine"

Wayang Kulit

Just based on the rear view, I’m glad I missed it.
Keep Portland weird!


If they were really motivated, they would have done this march in January! In Baxter State Park.

Their message isn’t clear…do they want folks to be accepting of going topless (seems like the men in the audiance were) or not (the other women).

Hilarious! Making a specatacle of yourself because you want what you are doing to not be a specatacle.


It should be a yearly event!

Dai Alanye

Why do they inevitably seem to walk away from the camera?


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