Up at Venice Beach a hundred miles away and further north in Portland, Oregon, women – and men – are protesting laws against women going top-less in public.
In Venice Beach – a community of Los Angeles that looks a like like Ocean Beach, only three times larger – a protest was held by women going top-less as they protested and strolled down the Boardwalk. Men in support accompanied them wearing bikini tops. The men also wore bottoms. The protest was organized by a group called “Go Topless”. They say laws discriminate against women by forcing them to wear tops in public, and the laws are unconstitutional.
And in Portland – where surprisingly, it’s not against the law for women to go topless – another demonstration was held where women shunned their tops and barred their chests. One women asked, “Why do men get to rip their shirts off at any time?”
Other rallies were held across the country in support of the topless movement. The women involved are part of a new feminist movement – particularly in Europe - involving women protesting different issues while topless.
See msnbc video: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47504332/ns/world_news-europe/#.T7qSyFLYFUI