#FirstWorldProblems: Dozens of topless women march for right to bare their boobs (PHOTO)

Topless women and and men march along Central Park South to celebrate 'National Go-Topless' Day in Manhattan Sunday afternoon.

Some were shocked. Others disgusted. But for some, it was the breast day ever!

Dozens of semi-nude women gave the city a Double-D eyeful Sunday when they bared their boobs in Central Park and then marched through the streets.

The daring display was part of “National Go-Topless Day” – indeed, there is such a thing – and stunned jaded New Yorkers and wide-eyed tourists alike.

“This is unbelievable – and super,” said Dalvin Jan, 21, who rents bicycles for a living on Central Park South. “I’m going to tell my wife to join in.”

With Chaka Khan‘s “I’m Every Woman” blaring from speakers and chants of “free your breasts, free your mind,” the troupe of bare-breasted women – and their enthusiastic male supporters – paraded their way along Central Park South.

“We’re all here for the same reason – to allow women to be free in the park like men,” organizer Sylvie Chabot, 54, of Montreal, told the crowd at a midday rally at Columbus Circle.

Motorists honked their horns in support while bemused tourists took photos from passing tour buses.

“I’m pretty surprised,” said Carolyn Meierjurgen, 49, of New Jersey, who was taking a horse carriage ride in the park. “If they want to do it, let them do it. I couldn’t,” she admitted.

Several unhappy onlookers complained to cops who were powerless to intervene.

New York is the only state in the country where women can be topless legally, after a 1992 ruling in the state’s highest court. That means any woman can walk around the city at any time with no shirt on.

Among the speakers was Ramona Santorelli, of upstate Rochester, who was the plaintiff in the 1992 case.

“It’s not about baring your breasts,” she said. “But the true meaning is to normalize women’s bodies.”

Yesterday’s protesters noted that is not always the case.

Artist Jill Coccaro, who goes by the name Phoenix Feeley, tested the New York law in 2005 after cops arrested her for exposing her breasts on Delancey St. She cited the 1992 ruling when cops grabbed her, but was held for 12 hours. She sued. The city later settled for $29,000.

Topless events took place across the country, from Los Angeles to Columbus, Ohio.

Organizers gathered signatures for a petition asking Congress to relax nudity laws, which they plan to hand over on Go-Topless Day next year.

Most passersby were amused by the sight of scores of half-naked people.

“It’s nice for them,” said unfazed Swedish tourist Birgitta Asplin, 58. “It’s the human body – nothing more!”

But others said it was all a very bad idea.

“This is extreme liberalism and why America‘s in decline,” shouted one woman, who said she was a doctor but declined to give her name. “It’s degrading to women to tell them to expose their breasts publicly.”

“I’m not shocked – we’re in New York City,” said Lindsay Hall, 28, of Maryland. “But speaking from a woman’s perspective, I disagree with them. There’s something to be said for modesty,” she added.

Read more: NY Daily News

Comments (27)

  1. That`s really terrible. Women MUST be properly covered, they are not like men. I do believe that this is only temporary crise of moral values in western world, I do believe that in 10 or 15 years from now western women will be again properly covered what means no naked legs, no naked breasts, no naked stomach etc.

  2. That`s really terrible. Women MUST be properly covered, they are not like men. I do believe that this is only temporary crise of moral values in western world, I do believe that in 10 or 15 years from now western women will be again properly covered what means no naked legs, no naked breasts, no naked stomach etc.

  3. What I don’t undetstand is,why the world gives them the right and freedom to go topless and denies me the right and freedom to wear Hijab. They can walk arround naked and I can’t cover myself up?

  4. The only thing this will do is make it illegal for men to be shirtless.

  5. If a guy can walk or work outside without a shirt then why can't a woman? I have seen some guys with bigger boobs than women and you don't see them getting arrested or harassed. I agree that reproductive parts would be to much of a distraction to show but boobs are not reproductive organs, they are nutritional supplements.

    1. It's an issue simple because once women do start going topless, men will start staring at their boobs more often, and there will be more and more "sexual harassment" claims then you could believe. Not to mention they will just bitch bitch bitch because we are staring

  6. Let's send the message out for all to continue to objectify women, this is exactly what they are trying NOT to do is it not? Women's breasts are designed for reproductive functions. These women are degrading themselves and women world wide. TERRIBLE!

    1. What do you mean Darryn, do you mean restricting the rights of people walking around naked??

  7. Yeah but then they'll all be yelling about how whenever they walk outside there house men look at them and say sexual thing's then it turns into a new problem and yeah breast are part of the body…But so is my dick but that doesn't make it ok for me to walk around without pants on.

  8. Ignorant brain dead liberals foolishly believe they are accomplishing something special, more of the same useless liberal causes in hopes of their 15 minutes of fame aka shame.l.

  9. Wish I had been there, I'm getting so damn old I forgot what they look like unless I look in the mirror!

  10. Degrading? We all have them. It seems that many many other cultures have no problem with it. And seriously? Who doesn't like boobs? I personally wouldn't go marching around topless in public, but if they want to, it's not like it's hurting anyone.

  11. Why is it "degrading" to women? It's just the human body! Oh my god just get over yourself.

    1. You definately have nothing to be ashamed of, but there are others out there that most people just wouldn't want to have to see…

    2. This is not OK. Women must be properly covered, women are not like men, they have breasts for God sake….you must keep them covered !!

  12. The world has gone berserk. God save our world.

    1. Our world has always been fucked up. If god was real he’d have done something by now eh?

      1. John… God is real. You’ve obviously never been in a firefight or you’d realize this. Ya think maybe He’s helping them break down social barriers and stigmatisms? Women are beautiful. In ALL shapes and sizes. They’re doing something for/about this world. When was the last time you did?

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