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Women March Topless – Despite ‘Ogling’

From Maine’s The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram:

(Click to enlarge, if you dare.)

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.

By Edward D. Murphy

April 3

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.
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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.

Good clean fun.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Sunday, April 4th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

19 Responses to “Women March Topless – Despite ‘Ogling’”

  1. proreason

    I’m with Brad Paisley

  2. joeblough

    I think we have a world record in stupidity here.

    We have actually found a woman who thinks that she can discourage men from looking at her by taking off her top!

    There’s idiocy and then there’s Idiocy.

    I’m impressed.

  3. eMuse5

    There are no words. Simply no words.

    This is what the suffragette movement was started for–so that women everywhere can liberate themselves from the agony of having their sexual body parts kept from being on display for loads of droolings man beasts! Gloria Steinem is happy now!

  4. JohnMG

    Well. the view from the rear would suggest that most of them would be well advised to keep their shirts on.

    The clock is ticking for Mzz.Ty McDowell. I’d estimate she’s got about 4 minutes of fame left. I’m amazed that people like her don’t realize they can show the world their ass merely by taking off their shirt.

  5. oldswimcoach

    What a bunch of boobs! (sorry, I just cound’t resist)

    • JohnMG

      There was a joke going around waaaay back when I was in high school, coach, about a woman who was walking down the street topless, and a cop came along and ‘pinched’ both of them. That was pretty risque’ back in the old days. ;-}

    • Rusty Shackleford

      To say nothing of the enormous boobs on display in congress, the senate and the white house.

  6. platypus

    In the related articles section, it says that Somali women are getting whipped for wearing bras. D@mn if I can figure out whether they would prefer Maine women marching over bras.

    How are they going to discipline those girls who “happily” posed for pictures in the park? Are they going to make them march with their shirts on?

    Thanks to Jug Ears, silliness is making a comeback.

  7. canary

    Ty McDowell went to the extreme to get the gogglers she wanted. Can’t wait for her more violent stance they’ll take next time. Someone should invite muslims.

    Men should walk with them, only walk really fast so they can pass the women, and
    brush against them as they side step around the ladies.

    Is Ty one of the 2 in front that looked like they probably had their breasts removed.

  8. philmarlowe

    And it being Holy Saturday, no less. Yes, “enraged” is an appropriate word. Enraged that they were born in female bodies.

  9. mr_bill

    I enjoy the female figure as much as the next guy, but I don’t think I’m going out of my way to oogle some frumpy, overweight hippies with their tops off. Does everybody in that photo use the same barber? Will they be taking suggestions, because I can think of some women I would like to see with their tops off. And why just the tops, why not fully nude– seems like a half…er, well…assed way to have a march. Can we get them to wear numbers so onlookers can judge them? Tell the truth, those two frat guys leading the march made all this up to see some topless coeds, right. (/womanizing)(/objectifying)(/sarc)(/heterosexuality)

  10. AcornsRNutz

    Being from the great state of ME, I can assure you that this type of absolutely mindless hippy nonsense is common in Portland. Extremely common. Although when a protest by firearms owners over the wrongful detainment of a fman carrying a firearm by the gun grabbing loon former Portland PD cheif Michael Chitwood, it drew no media attention outside of the local area. Also, I can say that Maine women are pretty hit or miss, so fortunately you would not see this sort of thing in Skowhegan, Peru, Lincoln, or other such unknown locales, since the right of fur bearing women with few teeth to take off their clothes has never come up, and likely never will.

  11. NoNeoCommies

    Stop the TORTURE!
    End the PAIN!
    Put your tops back on now!

    BTW, did you notice that Erica Badu (who stripped in public and laid down where Kennedy was shot) looks better with her clothes ON?

  12. AcornsRNutz

    This is why I support global warming, and if we actualyl can do anything to affect it I think we should get going on it as soon as possible. More crops in the midwest, better tourism seasons, more productivity, and best of all, the sea levels wil lrise and swallow up every coastal city in America, such as Portland. I really can’t see a downside to this.

  13. proreason

    I foresee a booming business for tanning salons in Portland.

  14. Reality Bytes

    I just threw up in my mouth & you want me to click to enlarge?!

  15. RAR

    She said she’d be ‘more aggressive’ about discouraging ogling in the future. By doing what – putting a shirt on? I live in Ptld. and have covered (as a photog) a long list of protests in this very blue little city. Guess what —- it’s always the same little group of protesters from cause to cause to cause. Guess they weren’t inclined to protest anything Obama’s doing and missed the attention.

  16. Mithrandir

    The law is never applied equally.

    When a conservative does something borderline or outright against the law, you have liberals out there screaming, “We will prosecute this to the FULLEST EXTENT of the law!”

    But when you have the feminists out there without shirts,
    students taking over buildings and rioting on campus,
    homosexuals in an open-air sex-fest every year in San Francisco,
    New Black Panther Party members blocking polling places with baseball bats…..

    Eh…..lets not bother those people when THEY try to exercise their rights, or in most cases—not a right at all.

  17. Mae

    What’s the “diversity” factor here…32A to 32B? At least in California we wouldn’t be so pasty white.




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