I just recently went to a Go Topless Day Protest & Rally in Venice Beach California. I was inspired to take Freedom Of Joyce Media to do a women on the street interview for a multitude of reasons.
I had recently interviewed my friend Suzanne Whang. I noticed that she made a post over her discontent with someone whom had reported a photo that she had posted on facebook. The photo was a a picture of her breasts after treatment for cancer.
Suzanne felt her photo was tasteful and very helpful to woman who were struggling with self acceptance of their body image post treatment. Facebook reviewed the complaint and determined that her photo did not fit into the facebook community guidelines. https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards.
Social media platforms such as facebook and instagram allow pics of breasts as long as the nipples are covered. According to facebook, the only acceptable nipple exposure allowed would be what “they” determine as “art”.
If it is not art, but a selfie of your bare beauties you must cover the nipples. If you want, you can cut and paste a man’s nipples over your nipples in the photo. This has been determined to be acceptable for social media platforms like twitter, instagram, and facebook. There are even nipple templates online that you can use for your convenience.
Legally, the nipples are considered lewd. Exposure of your twins sunny-side up in public, can get you arrested in many states in the US.
Gotopless.org created the hashtag #freethenipples and just recently aired their documentary “Free the Nipples” a few days before the protest took place on Venice Beach. Suzanne Whang took it a step further on facebook by creating the hashtag #freethevowels, because profanity is acceptable on social media if you replace the vowel with another symbol like this “F#ck”.
The catalyst for gotopless.org started back in 1992 with the case People VS Ramona Santorelli and Mary Lou Schloss. The New York Court of Appeals ruled in favor of two women who were arrested with five others for exposing their breasts in a Rochester park, holding the law void as discriminatory. The ruling was put to the test in 2005, when Jill Coccarro bared her breasts on Delancey Street in New York, citing the 1992 decision, and was detained for twelve hours. She subsequently successfully sued the city for $29,000.
In 2007, Go Topless, a national organization supporting gender equality in shirtlessness laws, established Go Topless Day. Dozens of women protest – often topless – in thirty cities around the United States, promoting equal rights to be shirtless.
Go Topless was formed in the state of Nevada by a former French auto-racing journalist Claude Vorilhon, currently known as Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement, a UFO religion.
I also, became interested in covering this protest with Freedom Of Joyce media because I had noticed women in the US, and other countries protesting topless with messages written across their chests rather than pieces of cardboard or banners.
Take notice that circles of black ink have been drawn over the nipples in this photo, which means one should be able to share it on facebook or instagram with no penalties.
The video below is the trailer for FOJ Media’s coverage of the Go Topless Day rally and protest that took place in Venice Beach August 23, 2015. You can watch the full video for only $1.99. Click here to purchase and view now.
Women protesting topless or nude is nothing new. According to legend, Lady Godiva rode nude on a horse through the streets of England in order to to gain a remission of the oppressive toll imposed by her husband on his tenants.
Perhaps, the courage of woman to bare all to change the world is just what we need right now. Changing the world one breast at at time.
Please note that you must be over 18 to view the video. The video is rated TVMA.
A TV-MA rating means the program is suitable for mature audiences only. A program rated TV-MA may contain extreme graphic violence (V), strong profanity (L), overtly sexual dialogue. (D), nudity and/or strong sexual content