The Ukiah State Fair might be small, but any state fair is a great time to enjoy the overpriced rides and take some photos.
The boy on the left doesn't have a toy gun, so he uses a stick. The game continues as usual. With your imagination, anything is possible if you want it enough.
Here are some of the people I met today at the Santa Rosa Toy Con.
There were a ton of cosplayers too. I'll post images of some of them soon.
The recent trend concerning topless females in public is an issue that many downplay, scoff at, and otherwise denigrate, but it's a larger issue than you may realize. Men often forget that they had to play this same game, not so long ago, to obtain the right to go about topless.
You might not want to be topless in public places, but if topless men don't bother you, topless women shouldn't either - especially if you are a woman!
The tendency for many people to judge and demean women based on their choice of attire is a type of subjugation, it keeps women down, which keeps people down. It's just one more way that we separate ourselves from our neighbors, and the attitude that a woman's style of dress makes them less of a person and more of an object IS harmful to ALL of us.
If you haven't already, visit the Topfree Equal Rights Association for news concerning the movement, and plenty of great information for why allowing men to be topless in public while restricting women is hurtful and dangerous to our society.
Don't forget that in many great civilizations of the past, public partial nudity was normal, and full nudity was freely accepted. Clothing was donned to show wealth, class, or status and protect from the elements; modesty is a modern concept.
Don't chimp, use the histogram in bright conditions or bracket. And don't forget to always look behind you.
Scout Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis, did what more and more women are doing every day: took a walk around New York topless. While this may shock some people in some parts of the world, toplessness is becoming more and more "normal", especially now that gender equality is rising in popularity.
In much of the world, it's completely acceptable for men to wander the streets sans shirt, while women are berated and insulted for even desiring to do the same. Why should women NOT be allowed the same freedoms as men?
Scout Willis publicized her topless day-trip in order to show how her public sharing was banned from sites such as facebook, twitter, instagram, and other social media. Willis' posts were deleted, censored, and generally frowned upon, meanwhile posts of topless men are ignored and allowed. Willis also flamed social media for allowing images that sexually objectify women (so long as the nipples are blurred out) but not allowing images like those pictured in her posts (copied in this blog)
I look forward to seeing women being allowed the same freedoms as men, and applaud all of those out there fighting for it.
Find out if you live in a topless freedom state. If you do, enjoy your rights!
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.