Women ‘Free The Nipple’ In Venice Beach For Equal Topless Rights (NSFW Photos)

FREE THE NIPPLE.

Women — joined by a lot of men — marched topless Sunday down Ocean Front Walk in Venice Beach as part of the annual Go Topless Day held in cities across the country.

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The aim is for gender equality when it comes to baring one’s chest. Supporters say the current laws also enforce damaging views of women’s bodies.

You see, men can go topless in most public areas — but for women it wouldn’t be as easy.

The only states that still completely forbid women from baring their breasts are Indiana, Tennessee and Utah.

There are also “ambiguous” laws in Virginia, Florida, Nevada, etc.

In states where women are permitted to be topless in public, police sometimes forget the law.

As the Atlantic pointed out, this is about more than just having legal consistency.

Part of what topless advocates object to under current topless laws are the “implications of the underlying messages” the laws seem to reinforce in our society.

“Though it’s unlikely that many men, if suddenly forced to don a shirt while, say, out for a jog, would find their worlds or senses of self greatly affected, the disparity in treatment of the genders appears to offer legal validation that a man’s view of a woman’s body is the only one that matters,” Reena Glazer wrote in the Duke Law Journal in 1993. “The underlying message to the public is that women’s bodies are inherently sexual, and thus inappropriate to be seen in public.”

Supporters of topless equality argue that laws should be used to normalize a woman’s body and reduce the sexualization of them — and as a result, diminish abuse.

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On Sunday, participants chanted “Free your breasts, free your mind” as they walked nearly a mile down the boardwalk.

The parade started near Navy Street and went to the center of the boardwalk at Windward Circle, where a rally was held urging lawmakers to make moves and allow women to go topless.

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I went to take photos for FOX 11 Los Angeles, and I say let your sisters fly. We all have them. If you’ve seen one pair of boobs, you’ve seen them all.

Given the location of the event, however, it seemed to be more of a spectacle than anything.

A large group of photographers fought to get the best shot, while gawkers just followed along with their phones out.

I heard “This is amazing” uttered several times in passing.

People casually eating lunch also got quite the show.

But there were at least four news vans there, several website publications and THOUSANDS of photos posted to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.

So regardless, I’d say their message was heard loud and clear.

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