Women strip for Go topless day : Female activists to observe. It’s “Go Topless Day” on August 25th, the day before “Women’s Equality Day” in the United States, and I‘ve been wondering how many ladies in my hometown of Kelowna will ditch their shirts in celebration. Not many is my guess.
I’ve long been fascinated with our continent’s puritanical views on nudity, and the double standard we have when it comes to seeing the chest of a woman in comparison to a man. But isn’t our reaction to the former due to a societal conditioning of what’s acceptable and what’s not?
“We’re all bare-naked under our clothes,” my dad used to say whenever I groaned, after catching an unexpected glimpse of him in the buff when I was a teen.
My father was what I like to describe as a “nude in peep’s clothing,” only wearing them to appease the rest of us who didn’t want to see his dangly bits on display. If he’d been on his own, and the temperature was suitable, I’m sure he would have lived quite comfortably with nothing on but his birthday suit.
Mixed reaction from locals
The mayor later told CBC News the segment was a gag and he was just playing along, but some Kelowna residents aren’t laughing.
Mark Provoncher wondered whether it was appropriate for Gray to be involved in the video.
“I’m not sure that that’s a fair thing for him to be a lightning rod for,” Provonchier told CBC News.
But residents Dave and Ellen Thomas weren’t as bothered.
“I don’t have a problem with it. Well, he’s doing that and [federal Liberal Leader] Justin Trudeau has come out saying he smokes pot. They are supporting what they believe in.”
International Go Topless day is held every year on the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day, which falls on Monday this year .
There is no word whether Kelowna’s mayor plans on participating.
Women in Canada won the right to bare their breasts in public in 1996 when the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned the 1991 conviction of Gwen Jacobs, saying “there was nothing degrading or dehumanizing” about her decision to take off her shirt in public.