In case you haven’t heard, The Topless Revolution is spreading like wildfire across the world. The movement is gaining popularity in countries such as France, Ukraine, Germany, the U.S. and Tunisia. At first glance, the premise is rather simple: if men can walk around topless, so can women. But The Topless Revolution is more than just a campaign for breasts; it’s a statement. It’s a way for the modern woman to revolt against the standards set forth by a patriarchal society. This powerful campaign has landed several people in jail and has even resulted in death threats to those who support the movement. But the fight for gender equality will wage on thanks to brave activists who refuse to give up.
Amina Tyler is an activist who deserves a great deal of praise for her bold act of defiance. Tyler grew up in Tunisia, which is a largely Muslim/conservative country. At just 19, Tyler posted a picture of herself on Facebook with the words “my body belongs to me” written in Arabic across her naked breasts. The photo went viral and soon enough, she was at the center of a lot of hate-fueled attention. This resulted in a Salafi preacher demanding that she be stoned to death. According to the Tunisian newspaper AssabahNews, the preacher Adel Almi said, “She deserves to be stoned to death and she must be quarantined because what she did is an epidemic. She is like someone suffering from a serious and contagious illness and she must be secluded and treated.”
If Tyler had enough courage to stand up for women’s rights in a country with such strict guidelines, there is no reason why American women can’t. According to gotopless.org, “The 14th amendment guarantees equal protection under law and properly interpreted it guarantees women the right to be top-free where men are allowed to be top-free.”
For those who want to get involved, there is a national GoTopless Day that takes place in most major cities across the U.S. (including Seattle). According to gotopless.org, “GoTopless Day always falls at the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day, Aug 26. It is indeed on Aug 26, 1920 that women earned their right to vote on the basis of Gender Equality.” That would mean that next year’s protest will take place on August 23, 2015. Both men and women are invited to participate.
“Boob Walk” is another local movement that is gaining momentum. “Boob Walk” caters to the Tacoma/Olympia area and champions the needs of women by raising awareness of gender discrimination. Participants wear pasties, bras, and body paint to spread the word and support gender equality.