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The Daily Planet's Opinion: September 2019
Monday, 02 September 2019 17:22

Topless rally in downtown Asheville wastes time, clogs up traffic, pushes no worthwhile cause

For the 10th consecutive year, a GoTopless day rally was held in downtown Asheville and it was billed as “a public gathering of men and women who support a woman’s right to be top-free anywhere a man can be shirtless without fear of being arrested,” according to a rally press release.

“This year, GoTopless Day occurs one day before Women’s Equality Day. On Aug. 26, 1920 women earned their right to vote on the basis of gender equality. In 1971, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution designating Aug. 26 as ‘Women’s Equality Day,’” the communique added.

The two-hour rally in Pack Square was held early-afternoon Aug. 25 (a Sunday)  — and drew about 100 people, according to an event spokeswoman. Reportedly, 21 women went topless at the event.

“Laws that govern men and women differently based solely on gender (are) not only wrong, but (are) unconstitutional,” GoTopless’ Asheville area event coordinator LaDonna Allison stated in one of two separate press releases emailed to the Daily Planet.

“We live in a country that says it is all right for me to carry my gun in public, but my breasts are an offense,” Allison asserted.

She also stated that “rallies promoting topless equality are slated to be staged in over 30 locations in the USA and on every continent (except Antarctica).”

To the contrary, the Asheville Citizen Times noted in a pre-rally story, “Only six (U.S. cities), however, are marked on GoTopless’ ‘boob map’” — Asheville; Denver; New York City, Venice, Calif.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Dunedin, Fla.

Further, the ACT added, “That’s down significantly from the 17 cities marked with mammaries on the 2018 boob map.”

Meanwhile, Allison stated in a press release, “As a preacher’s kid, I question why is it that we are the only part of creation that covers the way God made us... We are created in the image of God; and that is beautiful, not shameful.” Allison stressed that both her father and grandfather were preachers.

 “Being ‘top-free’ is about equality. If a man can be without a shirt, I should have the same right,” stated Ms. Allison.

However, according to Asheville statues, it is legal for both women and men to go shirtless in the city. However, as the ACT noted in its pre-rally story, “Once you leave city limits, be careful before you disrobe — different municipalities may have local ordinances that specifically prohibit it, and National Parks and National Forests both have their own codes of conduct.”

Given the contradictions cited above, the GoTopless rally, at least in Asheville, seems to serve no useful purpose, as it has no discernable worthwhile cause to espouse, and instead just wastes resources and clogs up traffic.

GoTopless folks should optimize their time and push a truly meaningful cause.




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