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    Women march topless in Portland without incident

    The marchers want to call attention to the double standard in society's attitudes toward male and female nudity.

    April 3, 2010

    By Edward D. Murphy emurphy@mainetoday.com
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    PORTLAND – About two dozen women marched topless from Longfellow Square to Tommy's Park this afternoon in an effort to erase what they see as a double standard on male and female nudity.

    A group of women and men who had shed their tops march down a Congress Street sidewalk from Longfellow Square to Tommy's Park. They were promoting the freedom of women to be topless in public. The group attracted many amateur and professional photographers.

    The women, preceded and followed by several hundred boisterous and mostly male onlookers, many of them carrying cameras, stayed on the sidewalk because they hadn't obtained a demonstration permit to walk in the street. About a thousand people gathered as the march passed through Monument Square, a mix of demonstrators, supporters, onlookers and those just out enjoying a warm and sunny early-spring day.

    After the marchers reached Tommy's Park in the Old Port, some turned around and walked back to Longfellow Square, but most stayed and mingled in the park. Some happily posed for pictures.

    Police said there were no incidents and no arrests – nudity is illegal in Maine only if genitals are displayed.

    Ty McDowell, who organized the march, said she was "enraged" by the turnout of men attracted to the demonstration. The purpose, she said, was for society to have the same reaction to a woman walking around topless as it does to men without shirts on.

    However, McDowell said she plans to organize similar demonstrations in the future and said she would be more "aggressive" in discouraging oglers.

    The March was organized in part by Go Topless.
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    LMAO... this woman is on crack!! Getting the baps out and not expecting guys to enjoy the show? She's clearly insane!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Rover View Post

    Ty McDowell, who organized the march, said she was "enraged" by the turnout of men attracted to the demonstration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Rover View Post
    However, McDowell said she plans to organize similar demonstrations in the future and said she would be more "aggressive" in discouraging oglers.
    If she tries anything, give the silly bitch a titty-twister.
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    Thing is, if you go to the majority of Greek and Spanish beaches, women sunbathe topless there every single day. Most of the UK guys are giddy about it for the first couple of hours and then it's no big deal. I think they then look forward to the evening when the women dress up and the guys can anticipate unwrapping the packaging... a little like Christmas. Always better when when you have something to unwrap rather than having it on full display constantly.
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    Word. You can equate male and female breasts. Clearly women have something more, it's used for breast feeding, it's bigger, it gets aroused more...

    It's like comparing a paper airplane and a 747. Not even close. This woman's crazee!
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    This thread is useless without pics.

    Well unless the demonstrators are hippie chicks who don't shower or shave their pits.

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    I've always found it curious, the manner in which we treat nudity. A guy can show his ass, his bare chest and it's no big deal. A woman does the same and you just turned a PG13 movie into an R-rated movie.

    Now in one sense, I like it. I like the mystery of a woman's brassiere peaking out of her blouse just to give a hint of what lies underneath. It's sexy and sensual...like seeing the tops of her stockings as she walks by. So yes, in this capacity, a woman's form and nudity being seen differently is a good thing.

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    I do not think there is anything inherently lewd, gross, pornographic or obscene about a woman's breasts. I think it's awful that we've been in this place for so long where a woman showing her breasts is somehow disgusting and shameful but a guy can parade around no problem...especially in movies and TV.

    A guy can parade around a beach in a speedo and though it will attract the usual "eww gross" remarks and laughter, it's nowhere near what happens if a woman dare remove her top to get a tan. God forbid...let's all run away and get to church so we can repent for our sin of seeing breasts and pray for her soul.
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    I went to this...it was interesting. The woman who organized it is crazy though...of course guys are going to stare. The pics are nothing...infact I've already deleted them off my iPhone and I'm a breast guy.

    Going to the double standard of our country...it is unbelievable that boobs are censored on TV and take a PG-13 to an R, yet the violence in movies, TV, and video games concerns me more. I really think that you should be 18+ to even play the Halo and war games...kids don't value life if you can just reset it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    I've always found it curious, the manner in which we treat nudity. A guy can show his ass, his bare chest and it's no big deal. A woman does the same and you just turned a PG13 movie into an R-rated movie.
    Well, I think that leaving something to the imagination is much more seductive than just showin it all and lettin it hang out. I think that would suffice for males and females alike, but, answer this for me....Why is it that if a woman shjows her puppet on screen, then it gets an R rating, but if a man shows his frontal goods, it gets an Mature or x rating?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimmie5150 View Post
    Well, I think that leaving something to the imagination is much more seductive than just showin it all and lettin it hang out. I think that would suffice for males and females alike, but, answer this for me....Why is it that if a woman shjows her puppet on screen, then it gets an R rating, but if a man shows his frontal goods, it gets an Mature or x rating?
    that's another fine case...one that is becoming less ahem...rigidly...enforced. Women can be shown in full-frontal nudity and it has historically resorted in an R-rating.

    It used to be, like you said, that if a man's genitals were shown the movie would receive an X. Nowadays, depending on the context, men's genitals can be shown onscreen. Cases in point: Boogie Nights and the recent Forgetting Sara Marshall.

    As I mentioned in my earlier post, I'm a big fan of imagination, classic seduction etc but that, for the purposes of this discussion is a bit off the point because what this woman is apparently talking about is the disparity in how we deal with nudity.

    Why is it that a man is not expected to embody the same humility and desire to leave something to the imagination that a woman is expected to uphold? Again, a man can prance around without his shirt on and he's even applauded for taking good care of himself and we comment on his pecs and abs and shoulders. A woman cannot do that. A woman takes her shirt off and she's "naked."

    These are looong standing traditions rooted in puritan ideals which, yes, encourage grace and charm and a certain humility that in many ways has eroded and perhaps should be defended in certain contexts but still, I think the basic premise of what this lady was trying get at is quite valid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EVHWolf View Post
    I went to this...it was interesting. The woman who organized it is crazy though...of course guys are going to stare. The pics are nothing...infact I've already deleted them off my iPhone and I'm a breast guy.

    Going to the double standard of our country...it is unbelievable that boobs are censored on TV and take a PG-13 to an R, yet the violence in movies, TV, and video games concerns me more. I really think that you should be 18+ to even play the Halo and war games...kids don't value life if you can just reset it.
    though I want to abstain from getting into the whole violence in video games issue, you do bring up a very valid point. It's ok for kids to simulate death, violence, war, theft and murder in video games and to see these things on TV and film but god forbid they see a woman's breast.
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Quote Originally Posted by broken9500 View Post
    that's another fine case...one that is becoming less ahem...rigidly...enforced. Women can be shown in full-frontal nudity and it has historically resorted in an R-rating.

    It used to be, like you said, that if a man's genitals were shown the movie would receive an X. Nowadays, depending on the context, men's genitals can be shown onscreen. Cases in point: Boogie Nights and the recent Forgetting Sara Marshall.

    As I mentioned in my earlier post, I'm a big fan of imagination, classic seduction etc but that, for the purposes of this discussion is a bit off the point because what this woman is apparently talking about is the disparity in how we deal with nudity.

    Why is it that a man is not expected to embody the same humility and desire to leave something to the imagination that a woman is expected to uphold? Again, a man can prance around without his shirt on and he's even applauded for taking good care of himself and we comment on his pecs and abs and shoulders. A woman cannot do that. A woman takes her shirt off and she's "naked."

    These are looong standing traditions rooted in puritan ideals which, yes, encourage grace and charm and a certain humility that in many ways has eroded and perhaps should be defended in certain contexts but still, I think the basic premise of what this lady was trying get at is quite valid.

    Well, OH GOD! I LOVE Boogie Nights..............but anyways, that was rated R (I think) cause that's not Mark's real deal. And I think that there is a HUGE difference in topless women verses men topless....WE look VERY different, and personally, I LIKE to keep myself covered. I'm really modest and I don't feel comfortable even showing cleavage, cept in a bathing suit. I don't want to take a chance on looking like a slut whore, so I keep it covered. I think all of it roots from the way we are raised and what we're taught, but what do I know??

    Have you ever noticed than most nudists are people that you DON'T WANT to see naked???? Ironic, isn't it???

    And in all honesty, to me, seeing a well chested guy in just an unbuttoned shirt is much more sexy and sensual than seeing him with no shirt, but you won't hear me complain one bit about it if he does go shirtless...
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    If every woman who bared her breasts was a slut whore then that pretty much includes half of Africa, a chunk of Australia and loads of other places where cultures dont see exposed breasts as the sign of immoralty.

    I've sunbathed topless in Spain and Greece. It was no big deal. Maybe for the first half hour but everyone else is doing it and no-one bats an eye. Again... it's a cultural thing. I would like to say I did this when I was young and firm.... since gravity became my enemy it's not something I could see myself doing now but I dont decry anyone else for doing it nor does it make me question their morality. There is definately a wonderful sense of freedom about it.

    It is however something that's kept to the beach. If you go for drinks or leave the beach, you cover up. I certainly wouldnt want to wander around my town like that.

    PS... the one thing that does annoy me is the fuss made over women who breast feed in public. It's the most natural thing in the world and most women carry a cloth or shawl which they drape around themselves anyway. I know several nursing mum's who have been made to feel like whores almost for feeding their child and were told to take it to the bathroom. One of them asked if any of the other diners would like to take their meal to eat in the bathroom. Bloody rediculous!
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    ...and this happened in Maine, not Oregon - that to me is...well, I wonder if any of my former classmates were there?

    As much as I love boobs (and I do love boobs), the world will be a much safer place as long as women keep them covered anywhere near where I may be operating a motor vehicle. I'm just sayin'...

 

 

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