Last year, we here at the Voice discovered a small state law after a woman was spotted topless on the Bowery: females have the same right as males to appear naked from the waist up in public. A few months later, we offered a guide on how to rock out with your boobs out on New York City’s streets. Needless to say, everyone had a great time writing and reading about it.
Well, today, all the aforementioned information is culminating in a city-wide side-boob extravaganza: it’s National ‘Go Topless’ Day, where women celebrate their inalienable right to show off their God given private parts!
Starting in Bryant Park and continuing into Times Square, thousands of topless women have descended onto the epicenter of New York (excuse me while I text my roommate, telling him to run to Times Square from Brooklyn).
On the cause’s website, the mission statement reads:
During the protests, women will have the choice of going fully topless or wear red tape or something else to hide their (infamous!) nipples. They are also completely welcome to come and support this cause while being fully dressed if they prefer. To show their support, men are encouraged to wear a bikini top since we are standing up for topless constitutional equality. Either we can all be topless or no one can. Bikinis will be available on location. The march will end with a speech and entertainment. In cities where it is already legal to go topless, men’s bikini top won’t be necessary since equality is already in place.
Since New York falls under the last category, there will be no bikini tops for men.
As Gothamist’s Ben Yakas reports, the Twittersphere is exploding with semi-turned-on/semi-creeped-out tweets from spectators. Check out some of the site’s NSFW pictures here.
It’s about time New York embraced its female population in full form; and what better place to do it than a five-block radius packed with tens of thousands of tourists from all across the world?