And the weaver said, Speak to us of Clothes.
And he answered:
Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful.
And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy you may find in them a harness and a chain.
Would that you could meet the sun and the wind with more of your skin and less of your raiment,
For the breath of life is in the sunlight and the hand of life is in the wind.
Some of you say, "It is the north wind who has woven the clothes we wear."
And I say, Ay, it was the north wind,
But shame was his loom, and the softening of the sinews was his thread.
And when his work was done he laughed in the forest.
Forget not that modesty is for a shield against the eye of the unclean.
And when the unclean shall be no more, what were modesty but a fetter and a fouling of the mind?
And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society has gained some ground in the news industry lately, and I expect this train to gain speed, and I'm glad.
As a formally trained artist it's obvious that I have no issue with nudity, looking at it or being seen nude, and as a child of a New York hippie I have always been irked by double-standards. It has always boggled me why men are allowed to run around topless when women are not, and I'm not the only one. "Topless Freedom" is an issue being debated and protested all over the world, whether you are just hearing about it or not, it's been a long battle.
One of the biggest statements against women being allowed to brazenly bare their bodies wherever they please is that since men are more violent and prone to be "creepy" women are in greater danger when they are topless than men. The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society has disproven that argument by baring themselves in the heavy population of metropolitan New York.
If women can be topless in New York without becoming victims because of their nudity, I would gamble that they can do so anywhere in the continental U.S. with the same safety. After all, New York gave us organized crime, so it's not a city without it's violence.
This group of book lovers has been enjoying their topless freedom, and nude freedom where allowed, for years now, and if they can enjoy the same safety that a clothed person has, it's obvious that being topless is equally safe as wearing a parka.
Whether you believe in topless freedom or not, the fact that there are so many people brazenly enjoying it throughout the country in safety proves that the safety argument is invalid.