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Missouri's topless protest was for women's equality

Supporters of the Free the Nipple movement participated in a peaceful protest in downtown Springfield Missouri this week. Meeting at Park Central Square on Women’s Equality Day 30-40 local citizens met to share a message with their community.

After introductions men and women removed their shirts. Some participants added paint and tape.

Several speakers volunteered to share their personal experiences and those who listened closely would have begun to understand a point that most may miss. This was a protest that included toplessness, it was not a protest exclusively or even primarily about toplessness. The activity of baring skin was speech, speech with a particular point, that was very much motivated by life experiences.

The speakers shared about the impact of sexism and domestic violence. They disclosed painful personal experiences and described progress toward recovery. They shared about a society that far too often distrusts and disrespects women’s autonomy. Yes, it was about a city code with gendered differential treatment. For the participants it was also about the larger cultural factors that have led to it, the same forces that withheld suffrage rights, pondered blame for rape victims and kept the secret of domestic violence. Those issues were all once codified in statute and case law. In other words, what the casual observer may view as a trivial matter of toplessness that only radicals care about, the protestors understand and connect with the broader struggle for women’s rights.

Springfield police officers followed the protestors as they moved through town. They did not interact or interfere this year but their presence was known.

Following the speeches the participants marched down sidewalks where they protested at the steps of city hall and the major local newspaper. They chanted “Her body, her choice.” “Not the church, not the state, women must decide their fate.” “What do we want, equal rights, when do we want it, now.”

It has taken courage and passion to challenge gender roles and expectations for women throughout history. At every step of the way entire segments of society once viewed that courage as radical. But what they meant as a criticism, history has judged favorably.
Posted by usregimechange | Wed Aug 30, 2017, 09:45 PM (2 replies)
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