Topless in New York City

It has been completely legal for women to be topless in New York since 1992 but not women exercised their rights until recently. A number of different groups and individuals have been making a stand to try and ‘normalise’ toplessness so that it become accepted.

Moira Johnston

Moira Johnston describes herself as a "topless activist" and has taken her cause to the streets of New York. She had enough when other people at her yoga studio complained that she took her shirt off, even though the male yogis were doing the same. Since May she's been walking around lower Manhattan with her breasts exposed to raise awareness that women can go topless.

National Go Topless Day

"As long as men are allowed to be topless in public, women should have the same constitutional right. Or else, men should have to wear something to hide their chests"

The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society

We’re a group of friends, and friends of friends, and friends of friends of friends, and complete strangers, who love good books and sunny days and enjoying both as nearly in the altogether as the law allows. Happily, in New York City, the law allows toplessness by both men and women. So that’s the way we do our al fresco reading. If you’re in New York and the weather’s good, won’t you join us sometime…?


Comments

Belizario
Cool. We should enjoy the beauty of being natural without worrying about political oppression or men or women being abused or hassled.

lcidave
The human body is a beautiful thing, don't see the logic of covering up.

Felicity Jones
Thanks for posting this and spreading the word that it's legal for women to go topfree in New York! As far as whether it's socially accepted though is another thing. Check out my compilation of media about topfree equality in NY that examines some of the issues that go along with it: http://nudistnaturistamerica.org/topfree-not-topless-new-york

This could only be heaven
great work. its about time to stand up.

vishal
thats true if males having right to be topless anywhere then should also have the same right to get topless anywhere, anytime. it right needs to be spread all over the world

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