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 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.
"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"
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…?