- Posted August 25, 2010 by
Venice Beach, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Sights and sounds of summer
- GRAVITY Interview with Actress Sandra Bullock and Director Alfonso Cuaron
- Dick and Arlene Van Dyke's Duet at the Malibu Chili Cook Off
- ELYSIUM Interview's with Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley
- AFTER EARTH Interviews with Will Smith, Jaden Smith, and Garrett Reisman
- Conversation with Roma Downey on The Bible
National Topless Day Venice Beach.. Equality or Immorality?
In Venice Beach, California, over 200 women & over 50 men gathered to celebrate the 3rd Annual National Topless Day. They marched from Navy St. down the Venice boardwalk, where surprised onlookers, many tourists, got an eye full. Camera's quickly came out and cheers of encouragement were heard from the crowds that began to form.
The attention they received however, was not with out opposition. A few Christian men gathered to protest against the women's display of indecency. A heated argument ensued.. and the age old debate over "what is moral and perverse" didn't even come close to being resolved.
The group marched for gender equality... freedom for women to "Go Topless." The women want to be able to bare their breasts in the same public places as men; including, and especially at the beaches. In 1975 Venice beach was the most popular "Bare it all Beaches" in Los Angeles County. Now Public nudity is illegal at all Los Angeles county beaches.
Permits were obtained by the protesters to hold this demonstration,although the law still dictates they must cover their nipples. The women placed red tape over their nipples in an X and the men wore bikini tops to symbolize their recognition of the gender inequality.
I covered, or uncovered, this demonstration last year. I asked one of the demonstrators from last year what had changed during the course of the year. According to Nadine Gary, a couple of things she noted were the Christian groups protesting, and many other cities getting involved to stage their own demonstrations. 11 total throughout the U.S.
They were a happy group of topless protestors, chanting as they continued down the boardwalk.. maybe feeling a little of the freedom they so desired.